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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?
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Have you ever read something and felt alive, inspired? Have you listen to music that has captured your soul, and touch every fiber of your heart? Read a poem or looked at a painting that transported you to unexplained heights? All these are examples of creations. We are human, but also spiritual, and the need to create is embedded in us; it is our spiritual nature. We give to others thru our creativity, we create to inspire, to please, to entertain, to love …
My spiritual path has been one of investigation and of finding the divine thru a non traditional approach. In order to find true spirituality, I had to put aside everything that I have learned about it, and start fresh, with the intention of finding my true spiritual path. It has not been easy, it still is not; I keep learning every day.
We all have a purpose, it is up to us to find it. However, there is creativity on each one of us. Divinely inspired I have learned that creation is like water, it gives life; it is the fountain of the spirit – the myrrh of the soul, the soul’s path to spiritual closeness. It is contentment and happiness for our souls, and we can find it by being happy where we are, by listening, and be perceptive to our spiritual awareness. When we feel happy where we are and we make happiness an internal issue, separate from outside circumstances, we are receptive to the divine and we fuel the creative forces within our soul. This is how we give to others and we bless our surroundings with our soul’s creations. By giving back we thank the Great Creator.
And how would a Creator see its creation? How do we feel when we create something that we are so proud of? In the eyes of God all his children are good, in the eyes of the man, the children are limited by the limits they establish themselves. To God, there are no limits, and his children are precious – more precious than the treasures of the Universe. When we give back through creation, we are acting thru the same love that made us.
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Have you ever felt so happy that your heart overflows? Have you ever felt guilty for feeling happy? Sounds like a contradiction, but it happens. Many times we don’t know how to accept the happiness in our lives and give thanks for it. Sometimes, we think that it is temporary or that we might put a jinx to it if we enjoy it for long. What is wrong with this picture? Everything.
Many times we think of the old adage that said – “After much laughter, there comes the tears.” I thought of this adage and how sick it is to think that happiness is something that we have to grab fast because it will disappear and be replaced by some sad moment and suffering.
This adage is an example of the power of words in our feelings, and in entire cultures. Words are passed from generation to generation. They build stories, they become tools for educating entire families, cities, countries … civilizations. They become sacred or heresy; they become anointed with the same feelings they have provoked in people. But they are just words, and we choose to give life and meaning to them.
The truth is that there are happy moments and sad moments – and we should embrace both to grow as humans and spiritual beings. Our Creator made us to enjoy our lives and be happy. (This is a personal belief). However, even when you do not believe in a Creator, a God, or whatever you choose to call it – him – her …. one thing remains true – It is silly not to enjoy a happy moment or a happy life. It is silly to feel guilty about pure happiness, and moreover, to let a silly adage cloud a perfect day!