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Follow Your Bliss

Is 2018 your year for bliss? You may have heard the term follow your bliss.  I’ve often interpreted this in terms of the work one does; I am beginning to rethink this.  I now believe it’s possible to have bliss even if our current situation is the opposite.    Bliss as a NOUN is defined as: perfect happiness; great joy. As a VERB, it means: to reach a state of perfect happiness, typically so as to be oblivious of everything else.  Can we be so happy that we become unaware of everything that is happening around us?

As we start a new year, I say – let’s try it! Today’s news media seems to often report on all the trouble and tragedy happening in every corner of the globe.  Social media posts are often sad stories about people’s personal lives.   Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, let’s focus on what’s right.

Take 5 minutes at the beginning of your day to focus on the positive.

Close your eyes and bring to mind someone you love or a peak experience in your life. It may be helpful to set a timer. If 5 minutes sounds like too much, start at 2 minutes and work up to 5. Your mind will want to leap frog around and think of many other subjects. Let them pass and continue to think about this one person, place or event.  Picture every detail you can in your mind’s eye.  See the colors and shapes, hear the sounds, recall the fragrance or aroma.  Put yourself in a space where you can bring this person or place alive in your imagination.  Sense the pleasant feelings in your body.

When 5 minutes are up, slowly open your eyes, and continue with your day. Do this for 5 days in a row and see if you notice any changes in your daily experience.  Research says this activity can improve your immune system function. Give it a try and come back and post your comments.

Wishing you a blissful new year!

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