What is bliss? It is defined as: supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment. I define it as finding your balance, your equilibrium. Each individual’s bliss is different. And everyone operates at a different level. Sometimes, we burn ourselves running after what we think will make us happier: more money, another step on the corporate ladder, a bigger paycheck, or many other ideals. In our search and journey we realize that something is missing, even when the prize has been obtained. In the intense focus and chase of our goal, we fell out of balance – we lost our bliss.
Somehow, our prize is not as shiny as we thought it was. And soon, we set our eyes on another goal, and the race starts all over again. Setting goals, and planning is great, but we also have to find the balance while achieving them, otherwise we lose appreciation and become empty vessels looking for fulfillment. So, how do we follow our bliss without ending up tired and disappointed?
Because everyone is unique, there is no recipe or mold. The answer is within us, and all we have to do is look inside and figure out what makes us, not only happy, but whole. When we realize what it is, slow and steady steps will take us there, while enjoying the process on the way. Each day will bring its own rewards, but its challenges, too.
We live on an instant fast-paced society. Everything was due yesterday. We are conditioned to react and think fast. If we want to follow our bliss, we will have to slow down the speed of life, or at least our perception of it (our attention). When we live mindfully we are slowing down the speed and opening our minds and hearts to what makes us whole and happy. Some of us, will make radical changes, others, small adjustments. For some, the climb is steep, for others a small turn in the road. But the rewards are living a happy and balanced life in harmony with one’s self and the world around us. What could be better than that?