You’ve probably heard the saying “follow your bliss,” or “follow your joy.” But what does that mean, exactly?
I’ll start by telling you how I decided to truly focus on and follow my bliss.
- Identifying What Brings Me Joy
- Why We Should Follow Our Bliss
- Making Necessary Changes
- How I’m Following My Bliss
- How To Follow Your Bliss
- Living a Fulfilling Life
- Questions You May Have
Identifying What Brings Me Joy
I’ve been stepping back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to reflect and reconnect with myself.
What brings me joy? Or phrased differently, “What would I rather be doing right now?”
The answers I’ve been receiving are not shocking because deep down I’ve always known what truly makes me happy.
However, that realization does not make me special.
You also know what makes you happy and you’ve known all your life. You just need to listen to yourself.
I spent some time alone in a state park recently, about three days, and I reconnected with my love for nature and silence.
I can go days without speaking, which is why I did a ten-day silent retreat a few years ago.
I love listening to my thoughts without outside distractions and being in the park brought back that feeling of bliss.
I realized that if I wanted to stay in that state of mind, I would have to incorporate more of those days into my life.
Why We Should Follow Our Bliss
When we follow our bliss, it opens up a world of abundant possibilities and opportunities that we overlook daily because we’re so focused on making things work for us.
But the moment we let go, trust, and allow the universe to do its thing while we enjoy the process, the more things will start to flow.
This may be the most difficult practical step for all of us to complete, because we’ve been taught to fight tooth and nail, for everything that we want to make our lives more comfortable and enjoyable.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m tired of fighting.
I know I deserve to live a happy life so If I continue to fight that happiness will keep evading me.
However, if I allow myself to find my happiness in this moment then I’m consciously choosing bliss now and not later.
This choice shifts our mood and in turn, our situation will shift.
There was a co-worker that I’d see occasionally in the halls and he was always in a pleasant and happy mood.
Every time I felt like things couldn’t get any worse because I was basically cut off from everything, I’d see him walk by with the biggest smile and the heartiest greeting.
Where I saw only darkness in the situation, he found his bliss and stayed in that energy no matter what insane obstacle was thrown at him.
To see him in the halls was a reminder to me to find my bliss and stay in that energy as well.
Making Necessary Changes
Life is ever-changing and so is everyone around us.
Nothing stays still, everything is constantly evolving, yes that means you as well.
It’s practically impossible to stay the same as you were a minute ago because since then you’ve read more words that have expanded your knowledge and have encountered situations that made you think of something new.
Nothing stays the same.
Our stubbornness to fight change has caused us to slow down our personal growth to a crawl.
When we become hard-headed and fight our gut feeling we’re fighting our own happiness.
Choosing to follow the impulses that we get wholeheartedly has never once steered us on a destructive path but time and time again we choose to not listen to ourselves and then regret that decision in the future.
Those impulses you receive when trying to make a decision is your inner power pointing you to your path.
When you follow that impulse, you follow your bliss because the outcome of that choice normally brings you more happiness as a reward for listening.
Always choosing that path will require you to do a lot of things differently, especially if you’ve been ignoring your impulses your entire life.
How I’m Following My Bliss
I’m choosing to do more things that I enjoy like:
- going for a run
- finding a park to aimlessly wander nature in silence
- meditate more
- eat more delicious food
- create more art
- do nothing
How To Follow Your Bliss
You may have lost sight of who you truly are by focusing on why society tells you is important but you’re the only person on earth who knows what you really want.
Try some of the suggestions below to help you get back in touch with yourself:
– Spend time alone – no phone, laptop or other devices, no kids, no partners or family interruptions. Take your me-time.
– Journal more about your feelings and thoughts, what little things make you happy, and what you used to do as a child that you still love.
– Follow your gut instinct more often without second guessing your intuition.
– Schedule constant breaks from work, hobbies, or anything that you’re obligated to do.
– Reconnect with nature through activities such as camping, walking bare feet in the dirt, and cloud or star gazing.
As you can tell, these activities are very simple And that’s how you should start structuring your life.
Stop complicating things and make everything simple.
Living a Fulfilling Life
Following your bliss does not mean quitting your job and living a nomadic lifestyle.
However, if your job is toxic then go ahead and put in your two weeks notice.
Following your bliss simply means doing and focusing more on the things that you enjoy.
If you must write that ten-page paper that is causing you stress, try thinking of that paper as an opportunity to help someone expand their knowledge and ability to view a certain topic from a different perspective.
Share what you think, feel and enjoy and dive deep into that feeling.
The same principle can be applied to your work, you chose that job for a reason, and you liked something about it at one point so if you want and choose to continue on that path, reconnect with what you like about it and focus on that.
Allow yourself to fully stay in that energy especially when chaotic things happen.
This shift in mindset will take some practice so don’t give up easily or lose patience with yourself.
You’ve been practicing doing the opposite your entire life so allow yourself the room to recalibrate to how it should be.
So, I have one question to ask you, “How are you following your bliss?”
Let me know in the comments below.
Questions You May Have
What is personal bliss?
Personal bliss is the innermost feeling of joy and satisfaction that you get when pursuing or doing something that simply makes you happy.
What does follow your bliss means?
Do what you love, focus on the things that make you happy not what society tells you to do. Follow the beat of your heart because that’s true to you.
How do I follow my bliss?
You must start listening to yourself and do things that make you happy, no matter how small or big they may be. Follow your gut instinct more often and reconnect with your inner self.
Why you should follow your bliss?
This life will be dull, long, and boring if you do everything everyone else tells you to do instead of the things you want to do. Trust your thoughts and your gut, you know what’s best for you so do that always.