True bliss comes in moments. Live them, then remember them as needed. ~ me
I couldn’t find a quote on bliss today that said what I needed, so I said it myself.
I found a lot about “follow your bliss,” which is all very well and good, but most of us have to be a little more pragmatic in life. So I see bliss as moments in life–perfect happiness–that we store up in our memories to draw out and savor later.
Practice finding these moments and they will come easier. This morning I was out running errands. As I walked past a fountain in a little square outside the library, I yielded to temptation and sat on the bench. No other people were around. The sun was shining, so I closed my eyes, put my face to the sun and listened to the gurgling water. A few breaths, and there it was: bliss. I let my mind play around in it a while, and then boom, back to the real world.
But those few moments of quiet, peace, and summery smells did it for me. Biologically speaking, I am sure my brain was flooded with serotonin thanks to the sun, and probably some endorphins from the walking I’d been doing. Running water sound is my “go to” for stress relief, so all the ingredients were there.
I put it in the cupboard of my mind with all the other moments, ready to be brought out and savored some dark night of the mind. It won’t be exactly the same, but those few moments of bliss today recharged something.
So instead of being frustrated that you can’t follow your bliss, find what makes you happy, if only for a few minutes. Maybe it’s something peaceful like my moment today. Other times it might be much more lively and frantic–a good exercise session, a rousing time with people you love. It’s all good. Don’t follow the bliss. Experience the bliss and store it up.