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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Create a Bliss Station

One of my favorite teachers, Joseph Campbell, famously said, "Follow your bliss."

People often asked him to expand on the idea, and one of my favorite techniques Uncle Joe gave in answer is what he called "the bliss station."

I'll quote him at length: "You must have a room or a certain hour a day or so where you do not know what was in the newspapers that morning. You don't know who your friends are. You don't know what you owe anybody. You don't know what anybody owes to you. But a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. First you may find that nothing's happening there. But if you have a sacred place and use it and take advantage of it, something will happen."

Note that it's a place ("a room") or a time ("a certain hour of the day").

It's really that simple.

Sure, you could meditate, do yoga or tai chi, holy stuff like that.

But don't be scared by the word "sacred."

Your bliss station could be the daily cup of coffee on the balcony.

It could even be in the car on the way to work.

What's important is, as Campbell says, not to let the demands of the day intrude on your time.

Don't do, just be.

Once every day.

You’ll be happier.

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