Find Your Bliss
What is it that Excites You?
It's an interesting subject, 'find your bliss'. I get excited when I think about the idea of finding bliss. To me, bliss is something that we really enjoy doing. I mean really, really enjoy doing. I like to eat and I like to watch dancing on TV, but it's not my bliss. Bliss is much more and it impacts our life in a profound way.
We are usually good at what we like to do. Our Creator has given us talents and abilities that are unique to us. When I think about how we find our bliss, there are a few things to take into account. I'm not sure that we only have one thing that excites us and that we are good at, but there is usually a common thread between the things that we like to do even if they seem somewhat different.
We are born with these talents and passions. They are intrinsic to us. As we grow up, though, within our family units, we sometimes don't get to explore those things. Often, our parents don't understand about individuality and want to channel us in a particular direction. There can be all kinds of family circumstances that will steer us in various other directions. Oftentimes, what we are particularly interested in gets parked away and is not realized till later in life or perhaps not at all.
It is often a mystery to people what their particular avenue of joy may be. It may be something that has never been exposed. Finding your passion may not have been a priority or even a subject mentioned.
Survival has always been a human priority, and it should be. We spend a lot of time in survival, though, and if we ignore our inner nudgeings, we are robbing ourselves of the fulfillment that is part of who we are.
I believe it is important to our life on this planet to find our bliss and include in our lives what is important to us and what gives us joy at a deep level.
It is never too late to do something that we have always wanted to do.
How do we find our bliss? Most of us have an idea or a feeling about what we like. Somewhere in among growing up, going to school, working and playing we have found something that we really enjoyed.
Do you recall when you last were doing something that you were so focused on that you forgot what time it was? Pay attention to that. Do you remember solving a problem for someone who said to you " you are so good at that"? Do you remember being pleased with something that you made and wanted to do it again?
Inside all of us, there is the knowledge about us. I call it intuition. It is a feeling about something and it doesn't change. We need to rely on it. It is powerful, and logic has no comparison to it.
So I challenge you to take the plunge, if you haven't yet. Pick up the brush and start painting, consent to fix that guys car 'cause you know you can, write that book or article, or take that course you've been thinking (and thinking) about. Or just do the first thing that pops into your mind if you haven't found it yet. Indulge yourself. Enjoy!
"Logic is for Science. Intuition is for the Truth."--Janet Robinson
One of my favourite writers, Steve Pavlina, talks about finding our bliss or purpose as he calls it. Here are three steps that he suggests you take to help uncover what is hidden within you. This process has only three small steps but can take days to uncover if you are up for it and willing to go all the way. It's ok to walk away and take a break from this exercise. Sometimes you will come back to it with renewed energy and creativity. Don't give up on yourself. Find the courage that is within you.
Here’s what to do:
Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.
If this feels overwhelming, the way still unclear, you may need to address the factors that trigger Yeah-buts. In the areas where you're stuck, you're probably feeling one of the Three Fs: fatigued, forbidden or fearful.
We have grown up learning many things about what is appropriate for us or not appropriate. And in the process, we have created a safe zone which may exclude things that interest or excite us.Remember that nothing anyone else has told you about what you can or cannot do needs to be true. You are the only one that can make it so.