By: Dr. Sydney Savion
Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination. ~ Swami Sivananda
We all have experienced major life changes. Some come with a period of struggle that rock our very foundation, like the death of a loved one, divorce, a job loss, or discovering you have a serious mental health condition. How do you emerge on the other side, not only intact, but stronger, happier, and living a more fulfilling life? I struggled for years with the death of my mother who unexpectedly contracted a heart virus and suffered enormous pain when I was a young girl. She was my anchor and my everything, and even in her suffering she always believed in and lived a life of faith, gratitude, intention, understanding, and peace. She showed me the meaning of Living a Blissful Life. This experience inspired me to study life transition and learn how to achieve a magnified emotional state of joy, fulfilment, and happiness.
What’s your idea of bliss? Can you describe that last time you felt bliss? Bliss is that magnified emotional state of joy, personal fulfilment, and happiness. Think back to when you were a young child on your birthday and opening your presents to find exactly what you wanted. All at once, it was a heightened sensation of excitement that overtook you. Or can you recall a time when you came to the rescue of someone in tremendous need and you saw their expression of gratitude? Do you remember how that made you feel? That’s bliss.
Living a Blissful Life is a Journey
Living a blissful life is a journey. You must be active in learning more about bliss and the steps to achieve a blissful life; you have to want to march directly towards a magnified emotional state rather than be someone that rests by the roadside. Our lived experiences are different, and nearly all of them come with major life changes. Some seem overwhelming, like when I lost my mother, but living a blissful life is always achievable. There is no textbook answer for creating bliss. Because our lived experiences are different, each of us has to discover it for ourselves.
Bliss – that sense of joy, fulfilment, and happiness – doesn’t just pop into your life. Want to know how to create a blissful life? Start anew. Focus on bliss one day at a time. This is not to say you will not experience a period of struggle; life can be a zany ride. We have all felt blue. Don’t you dare wait by the roadside and wait for bliss to come to you.
A Blissful Life Within Your Reach
A blissful life is within your reach. However, not everyone is going to experience bliss in the same way. The lens you view life through shapes how you will define your idea of bliss, but imagine living in such an amazing state. The very foundation of achieving bliss rests on believing in and living a life of faith, gratitude, intention, understanding, and peace.
- Focus on what fuels you and lifts up others.
- Focus on what yields meaning and purpose in your daily life.
- Pay attention to what you are paying attention to.
- Check self-centeredness.
- Converge on love, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, humility, and harmony with others.
- Do more of this.
Perhaps it’s inconceivable that this can be sustained, but you are the architect of the change you desire to see, and you are empowered to create and sustain bliss as you see it.
Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your today be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day! ~Dr. Steve Maraboli