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Dare to Follow Your Bliss
By Reggie Odom

 

How often are you inspired with the simple awareness, “I love my life”? It feels good, doesn’t it? If this doesn’t happen frequently for you, something is amiss. If it does, you no doubt know about the particulars of your own unique version of it. From a broader perspective, if you do not love your life as a way of life, that in itself is what’s amiss. There is a simple way to initiate or expand your experience of loving your life. In the spirit of Joseph Campbell, this simple way is to develop the habit of following your bliss.

There are many ways to “Follow your bliss.” Some of the ways I use are, “Do what makes you come alive; what makes your heart sing; what lights you up or what you love to do.” As you read this, you might be saying something like, “But I can’t afford to take the time to do that. I’ve got bills to pay, a business to run, or I can’t keep up with the things on my 'to do' list as it is.” Or you may have questions like, “What the heck is bliss, anyway? How will I recognize it? How do I find the time to do that?"

Given that the nature of bliss is feeling expansive and really good, with a sense of inner freedom and joy; that it ignites creativity, refreshes intuition, and revitalizes you; that it connects you to your inner source of wisdom and power, and to the Great Creator, God, Higher Power, the Universe, or whatever you call it, the better question seems to be, “How can you afford not to do it?”

What is bliss? It’s a sense of inner joy, lightness, freedom and aliveness, officially defined as “ecstasy.” Following your bliss is listening to that still, small voice inside of you. When you touch on a thought or an idea that comes from this place, your heart will flutter, and if you listen, it will take wing.

Bliss comes in many forms: it can be as small as stopping to smell a flower, as big as your biggest dream, or as deep as your deepest desire. Joseph Campbell said, “When you follow your bliss, the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” In other words, when you follow your bliss, or do what makes your heart sing, you get all the assistance you need from the Higher Powers that be. Doors will open for you. On the other hand, if you are working hard, struggling, doing what you think you should do, getting as much of your “to do" list done as you can, or trying to recover from living that way, you generally have plenty of experiences of running into walls. The question becomes, “Would you rather walk through doors or into walls?”

A leap of faith is required to follow your bliss. It’s not the way much of our culture lives, and it’s not the way we’ve been taught that life works. What very few of us learned on our paths into adulthood is that we are the creators of our own reality, that we are magnificent, and that if we follow our heart’s desire, our bliss, everything we need for the unfolding will be given us. You don’t need to know how, but you do need to say “yes,” and open your heart and mind to trust the process. You will be shown the way. And as you take each step that is presented, the next one will be given. As you walk through each door that opens, the next one will appear. It always does.

Here are three suggestions for developing the habit of following your bliss:

1. Make a decision to look for things every day that make you come alive, make your heart sing, or light up for you, and renew that decision each morning.

2. Each night before you go to bed, revisit all the things from the day that made you feel more alive, made your heart sing, or that lit up for you. Then smile and say “I love my life.”

3. Schedule a two-hour block of “Bliss Time” into your calendar each week. The only rule is that you do it alone. Do something you’ve secretly wanted to do or that you’re inspired to do when you get to your “Bliss Time.” Whatever it is, remember the part about the thought of it making your heart flutter.

If you follow these three suggestions for a month, you will notice that you have begun to experience a shift toward an increased sense of inner joy, lightness, freedom and aliveness. You will think more clearly and be more aware of the still, small voice inside of you. And you will be well on the road to following your bliss and loving your life as a way of life. Not to mention walking through open doors instead of into all those walls.

Remember, you are a natural! You are brilliant! You are magnificent! Simply by being you. Let your light shine!

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