What exactly is bliss and how do we find and then ultimately follow it?
To me, bliss has always simply meant finding what makes you happy. Finding your purpose. Finding a state of satisfaction.
No matter what problems brought someone into counseling, whether it was choosing a career or moving past abuse, what they wanted was to find their own personal bliss.
I believe we all want that in our lives, but the path we each take to find our personal bliss is uniquely different.
Some of us may find our bliss at an early age, while others of us take a long and winding road. But no matter how we find it, bliss seems to be the ultimate goal.
Before we can find our bliss we need to know what it is that makes us happy, and sometimes that can mean sitting down and making a list. You may say, well I know what makes me happy. It is my family, or my job, or my church.... However, what happens when your children are grown and leave home, or you lose your job. These are all things that bring happiness into your life, but they are external and they may be temporary.
I believe that to find your bliss you have to be willing to open yourself up to all possibilities, to step out of your comfort zone, and to simply allow your heart to sing.
As a counselor I loved watching people find their bliss and then follow it. Because, after all there is nothing greater than seeing someone truly happy, to see the light turn on in their eyes, to watch them move into a place they never thought they would be.
I am always working on finding and following my own bliss. Each day I try to allow myself to open up to new possibilities, because I know that by allowing doors to open I am moving towards a wonderful state of happiness.
I hope that you, too, will allow yourself to be curious and open, because you never know where or how you may find your bliss.