When I follow my bliss I find treasures. I find new friends. I find ideas that move me and evolve my work.
I had to make a lot of space for that bliss in a life packed with loads to do. Yes, I love a whole lot of what I do, but there are days upon days of non-stopness, decision-making and technical stuff that make every dreamy job look like any other job I’ve ever had, too!
So, I make space for more bliss, and that space is rewarding.
Joseph Campbell famously coined the “follow your bliss” phrase as a life philosophy.
“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
― Joseph Campbell
Today, let’s look at some Feng Shui ways to add some balance and bliss into life in a way that we can all do…!
I’m intensely interested in why some of us have an easier time following what we love and doing more that we love than others.
Partially, I’m so interested because I have been in the category of someone who did none of what I love, and felt I just didn’t have the ability as an adult to allow for that kind of indulgence.
I had incredible success following my bliss as a kid, as a teenager… but when it came to what I was told was “real life” I had no clue how to both survive and keep following bliss.
So, I defaulted to negating my own spirit and trying to fit into other people’s ways and wants.
I fell so far from my bliss that I wound up in a relationship where how I dressed, spoke and even ate were scrutinized, where I had no need for a job but had no life purpose (this is not a fortunate place to be as grateful as I was) and… in rebellion… I went into just following bliss. That life of thinking money would just come if I did things I loved and thinking that I could sort of be high-vibing my way into fortune.
I know people say that the later is following your bliss, but I was really following myself into debt… and confusion… and a lot of instability.
I didn’t know how to balance freedom and responsibility. I wasn’t sure how to reconcile what I wanted with what I actually had to do.
Have you been in any of these extreme places?
Both rigorous achievement to the expense of our wellbeing and floating freely without an anchor have their drawbacks.
First, let’s get into the bliss vibes!
As Joseph Campbell suggests, follow your bliss and don’t let you pull anyone off your bliss.
While I don’t think one language is the spiritual language of the world, his suggestion is powerful.
Myth, art, dance… creating a lifestyle of what moves you.
How can you infuse your life with more simple choices every day that keep you in the path of your bliss?
You can start easy with things like what you do in your work breaks, what you eat for dinner, how you workout. I can’t tell you how long I forced myself to go to the gym to be “healthy” and barely went, dreaded it and developed an aversion to all things related to fitness. Plus, so many yoga classes either swallowed up 3 hours of my day or left me feeling spent instead of refreshed. Meanwhile, I live five minutes from amazing hiking and walking. The small decision to start hiking, walking and stretching at home was a giant game-changer.
Simple stuff. Give yourself one bliss choice today, and maybe a small one every day for a while and see how the momentum builds.
Bigger choices to follow your bliss don’t have to be instant and complete life-upheaval to be revolutionary.
I know people who have moved out of the country or packed up for a year long road trip around the USA. In all of these cases, it started with many smaller trips first to explore, learn and plan. It took me about 5 or 6 years to go out on my own and give up my non-bliss day jobs, and I could have done it years earlier… but it would have been more disruptive than blissful.
If you’ve got a big dream on the back-burner that feels like it is so big that it would be too disruptive to your life to follow it… what if you did it in tiny stages and kept moving toward it progressively?
It really does work, and that time in bliss spills over into all areas of life!
Clear your space of any of the negativity (inside or outside) that sends you a message that you can’t follow your bliss.
Yesterday, I saw a doctor for a minor allergy symptom that I had 30% healed on my own. This doctor was so passive aggressive – and mean, cold, and uninformed as to mind-body medicine or even his own treatment protocols- that I left feeling for a few hours totally hopeless to solve this small skin irritation that I know can be resolved because I’d resolved it once in the past. I had to clear his negativity from my space completely, spend the rest of the day as happy as possible, and re-doubled my certainty that I can heal this easily.
Not everyone follows their bliss.
Those who don’t often feel confronted, resentful and even hostile toward those who do. It’s just the sadness and squashed dreams speaking, yet it isn’t acceptable to lug around all those limitations projected upon you.
You can do anything you set out to do. Support yourself by clearing life of negative feedback, negative conversations, negative self-talk and all sorts of negative philosophies that say what is and what isn’t ” realistic.”
You are creating your own paradigms every day, or, at least, that’s what modern psychology and cutting edge science suggest. Those ways of living and rhythms that most suit you unfold in more clear space, progressively, over time, as you get happier and happier and in greater and greater flow of that bliss!
Enjoy today… and every day. There’s always something, and many someones, to love!
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