The end of the year is a great time to reflect on where you are and the current trajectory of your life, and as I reflect back on the past year, I am reminded of how precious and fleeting life is. So, it's not surprising that my reflections have brought me full circle to a phrase - actually, a kind of mantra - that I stumbled across early on in my life journey which has been a trusted guide many times in my life. It was first coined by the brilliant mythologist, cultural anthropologist, lecturer and prolific author Joseph Campbell. These are what I call my "3 magic words":
We have all been subject at some point in our lives to the pressures, expectations, or conditioning of others and of the world around us. Sometimes our true needs or desires have become obscured. We may find ourselves in work environments, situations or relationships that even if at one time felt like a match for us, have now gone past their sell-by date, yet still we linger. Why? Habit? Fear? Insecurity? Whatever the reasoning, we are no longer in our bliss and somewhere inside we know it - we can feel it.
Bliss is easy to spot - it feels light, spontaneous, effortless, joyful, playful. Some people describe it as "feeling in the flow". Bliss arises when one is in alignment with what is. According to yoga principles, we all know bliss very well because it is our true nature (satchitananda), it is who we really are. We aren't actually designed to suffer in life; we are designed to feel and express the greatness of the entire Universe.
This idea of 'following your bliss' does not necessarily mean simply doing whatever one feels like, nor is it self-centered in motivation. It is a matter of identifying that pursuit which you are truly passionate about and attempting to give yourself absolutely to it. In so doing, you find your fullest potential and serve your community to the greatest possible extent. As Campbell pointed out, when one is following their bliss, synchronicities begin to happen, doors begin to open where before there appeared to be only walls.
If this New Year the question is asked - what's your resolution - you can use that as a prompt to remember my 3 magic words: Follow Your Bliss. And then simply ask yourself:
- What is my bliss?
- What am I passionate about?
- Is my current life trajectory in alignment with my bliss, or have I strayed off that track?
- What actions can I take, right now, that will bring me back into alignment?
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Love and sweet blessings,