Day 11: Passion – Following Your Bliss [31 Days of Possibility]

by Lani Voivod | @LaniVoivod

 

Here we are on Day 11 of the 31 Days of Possibility, one-third of the way through the official adventure. If you’ve been following the series day by day, hopefully you’ve felt a flow, a purpose, and an intuitive sense to the order of things.

Hopefully, too, you’ve been noticing synchronicities in your life, and experiencing opportunities for you to put some of these ideas and principles into practice.

Whether you’re watching the videos, reading the blog posts, cruising through the Pinterest Board, following the #31dop hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, catching the action willy-nilly via your Facebook News Feed, or you’re receiving the messages from all different directions and channels, YOU are (and always will be!) at the heart of it all. YOU are the reason I’m typing right now.

My intention, my PASSION, is to connect meaningfully with YOU, wherever and whenever you may read this.

Now it hasn’t been entirely easy. My kids have seen much less of me. My husband has been working longer, crazier hours in order to fill in the blanks, as well as to serve as my editor and tech hero when I’m having issues with uploads, downloads, and everything in between.

The areas around my house on which I can rest my eyes without mentally screaming, “This place is a sty!” are getting fewer and fewer.

I just had a bowl of cookie dough ice cream and whipped cream for dinner. At 9:00pm.

I have yet to shower today.

There are TV shows I’m missing, other work projects that are not getting the attention they deserve, and I’m starting to go a little stir crazy because I haven’t exactly been socializing much with the outside world.

Yet somehow, this is all okay, because I feel, for the first time in a long time, I’m connected with my PASSION. And it feels gooooooooood.

Real, real, REAL goooooooooooood.

“There’s a little intuition of where your joy is – grab it. No one can tell you what it’s going to be. You’ve got to learn to recognize your own depths.” - Joseph Campbell

Joy. Yes, that’s it. That’s what I’m feeling. I may be tired, my house may be dirty, my husband may be wondering what we got ourselves into here, but I’m definitely experiencing JOY.

And FIRE.

There’s a little flame in my heart and soul that’s been flickering for a while, always threatening to puff out, always tentatively dancing in the breeze of the day to day.

Now, it’s burning. Like, inferno levels, in some moments. It’s giving me the heat and energy I need to know this is the path for me. These are the things I want to be doing with my life.

This is my BLISS.

BLISS is a pretty intense word, isn’t it? So incredibly far from mere comfort and contentment, BLISS is really in a league all its own.

To follow our BLISS is to feel a deep connection with our work and our spirits, to experience a KNOWING that transcends all (or mostly all) fear and doubt.

Following our BLISS makes us feel vital, purposeful, even miraculous sometimes.

Following our BLISS is the illuminated path straight into our boldest and most wondrous POSSIBILITIES.

But what is this “BLISS” thing, and is it really that important?

Turns out BLISS is far from being just another New Age concept of feel-good twaddle. It’s got some serious human roots.

On the subject of BLISS, Joseph Campbell said the following:

“Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: sat-chit-ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, ‘I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.’ I think it worked.”

 - Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, pp. 113, 120

Being. Consciousness. BLISS. (Can you feel the schwing?!)

So following our BLISS is recognized by the ancients as a true and specific way to dive into “the ocean of transcendence,” and move into the space of infinite POSSIBILITIES.

To follow our BLISS is to be driven by PASSION so lovely and fierce it happily and willingly ignores all obstacles, heightens our senses, and forges for us a space of creativity, delight, and flowwwwwwww.

It also presents some seemingly magical opportunities:

“If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you. And the life that you ought to be living is the one you’re living, somehow. 

When you can see it, you begin to deal with people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors to you. 

I say follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. 

- Joseph Campbell, as interviewed by Bill Moyers

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the noted German philosopher, once famously said, “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” Since he died nearly 200 years ago, there has been plenty of time for this sweeping declaration to be refuted.

Can you think of anything worthwhile that’s ever been accomplished without passion?

Yeah. Neither can I.

And yet by the time we’ve become our very responsible and mature (ha!!) adult selves, we’ve thrust passion down several notches on the ladder of priorities, right down there with flossing twice a day, reading War and Peace, and being fluent in Chinese.

Mr. Albert Einstein claimed, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

While I’m not convinced he was as ordinary as he thinks he was, I do believe it was his passion that led him to his greatest and most impactful discoveries, don’t you? You don’t forget to comb your locks for every conceivable photo-taking public appearance because you’re hoping to spark a new trend in hair styling!

Passion is the thing that turns a J-O-B into a life that thrills you and inspires you. As you feel thrilled and inspired, you spread that vibe all over the place, injecting your work with it, and sharing it with those around you.

Passion isn’t a luxury available to a few, but THE means of discovering and living your life’s true path.

Find your passion, follow your bliss. It’s that simple…and that hard, too.

Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader, gave some excellent advice:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

We come alive by following our bliss. We come alive with PASSION.

We come alive when we decide to start living the lives we were born to live.

Let’s do this thing, shall we? 

 

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