Follow your bliss. – Joseph Campbell
The words are very precise, Joseph doesn’t say follow your desires or follow your happiness and certainly doesn’t ask us to follow our lusts.
Bliss is defined as follows by the Encarta World English Dictionary:
- complete happiness: perfect happiness
- spiritual joy: a state of spiritual joy
The definition begs the question, what is ‘perfect happiness’ and/or ‘spiritual joy’?
You must answer that for yourself. And to answer that question you must know yourself first.
So know yourself first, understand what makes you happy for the long run, understand your bliss and follow it…
Recommendation: Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals—India (2003)–The thoughtful diary of Campbell’s life-changing trip to India
The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger. – F.L. Lucan
The truth in this statement can be verified by checking against your own life or the life of others near you.
When we fear that which hasn’t happened yet, we raise the probability of such events occurring in our lives. Thoughts do contribute greatly to our lives in small and big ways. That’s where we live our lives; in our thoughts. So realize the power over your life, via your thoughts.
Become aware of how you think, when you think, what you think and assert control over your mind, after all it’s your mind, you art its master.
Be the master of your life, create lovely thoughts to create a lovely life!
Recommendation: Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things!
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. – Andre Gide
It’s that comfort zone again, that keeps drawing us down and forces us to cruise along blissfully neglecting our own growth. Growth is very important. Why? Because without the sense of achievement that comes from meaningful growth we feel empty, unfulfilled and tend to be depressed about life.
We must have meaningful goals to achieve, and constantly so. That doesn’t mean we have to be driven like rats. We can stay mindful, calm and know that we pursue worthwhile goals without neglecting what’s important in the Now. Growth must also be balanced. Physical, mental (emotional) and spiritual.
Recommendation: Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts
The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
That’s it. Don’t fret over all the things that are going wrong or whatever’s not working in your life. Focus instead on your true values and ultimate goals. This will lead to your finding your guiding compass, your North Star.
At a broad level understand what makes you tick and what you’re shooting for in life. Know what makes you happy and others around you happy at the same time. Get to know your self and your life purpose.
Then follow your compass daily. Life can be simple. And you don’t have to quit your day job to walk this way!
Recommendation: This Time I Dance! – Tama J. Kieves
Perfections of means and confusion of goals seem – in my opinion to – characterize our age. – Albert Einstein
We think we know what we want and we also think we know how to get there. Often we’re wrong on both counts.
If we don’t know what we want, the ways we choose to get to those goals don’t matter. If we know what we want but the methods we choose are not the right ones, then it gets frustrating.
Which is why frustration abounds on this planet. We’re focused on some goal, through means that we try and perfect. As we try and perfect these means we forget our end goal, we get lost in the means, along the way…
We must know and remember what we truly desire. It’s important that you follow your North Star! Do you know how to find it? Do you know how to stay on track?
Recommendation: Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. – Kenneth Hildebrand
Your purpose, what is it?
Let’s dissect further. You.
- Who are you?
- What’s your place in this Universe?
- Where are you headed?
- Why do you matter?
It’s your purpose next.
- Why do you exist?
- What meaning does your life and activities have?
- What difference are you meant to make?
If you haven’t examined your self and your life purpose, now is the time!
Recommendation: True Purpose & The Life Purpose Coach
When you make a choice, you mobilize vast human energies and resources which otherwise go untapped. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want. – Robert Fritz
First you must understand what is best for your future self and for those who you associate with. That can only happen with increased self-knowledge.
Next you must make choices. Without that, universal creative forces that lie inside you, stay dormant. ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is exactly what happens when we start to make choices. You cannot expand your self, your horizons and truly know yourself if you don’t make choices that are beyond your comfort zone.
Dynamic choices stretch us, which leads to knowing ourselves and a fulfilling life!
Recommendation: Little Gold Book of YES!