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Monday, October 19, 2009

Find Your Bliss

At the end of the last "secret" I mentioned Joseph Campbell's famous dictum, "Follow your bliss."

That's all well and good, you may say, but how do I know what my bliss is?

There's an old saying: "I may not know much about art, but I know what I like."

Some think this is boorish; others find it the beginning of an aesthetic sensibility.

I'm with the latter.

To "know what you like" is the first step in developing any passion for learning (it's the root of Maria Montessori's original method).

So, the same is true with "bliss." Joseph Campbell spoke of the Indian concept of "Sat – Chit – Ananda," "Being, Consciousness, and Bliss." He said that Being is too transcendent a concept for us to grasp; Consciousness is hard for our own consciousness to apprehend; but by golly, we can recognize what makes us happy. And if we follow that, it will expand our Consciousness to where we can apprehend Being.

But, as I've written about in the past couple of "secrets," it has to be what makes us happy, not what someone else thinks will make us happy. There's the trick; following what makes you blissful, not what your parents want, or what society tells you, or what some cheesy blog on the internet says. (*ahem*)

So get out there and find It. Then follow It.

You'll be happier.

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