If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.” – Joseph Campbell
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Follow your bliss?” Sounds like fun, doesn’t it – to do what calls to you and let the rest go? Or maybe you’re thinking, “That would be great… if I had the time…” You may desperately want to “follow your bliss,” but somehow life keeps getting in the way. Can you relate?
I was talking with a client the other day who was struggling with the idea of following her bliss; she felt mired down by family and work responsibilities. “How can I follow my bliss, or even my heart for that matter, when I barely have time to eat some days?” she asked me. That’s a good question, and one that many of us struggle with.
We all have hopes, dreams, and ambitions. More importantly, we all have needs – things that make us happy and function better on a day-to-day basis. Yet, getting even our basic needs met can be a struggle when we feel weighed down by family/career/life responsibilities. As women, I think many of us were taught growing up that we should be last on our to-do list – if we allow ourselves to be on there at all. We spend so much time giving that at the end of the day, we are too exhausted to give anything to ourselves. In other words, we’re too tired to even figure out what our bliss is, let alone follow it.
The problem with that line of reasoning is this: more depletion only creates more depletion. If you don’t take time to fill your own cup, then your feelings of exhaustion will continue to get worse. Take it from someone who’s allowed herself to get so depleted that she almost died from pneumonia – twice! Yet, if we take time to follow our bliss, and fill our cup on a daily basis, even if it’s just for a few moments here and there, we not only feel better, but we can be of more service to our family, friends, and the world.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way, and I fought it at first. I couldn’t understand how taking precious time from family, friends, and work responsibilities to take care of me would result in more time for family and friends and more energy to give to others. Yet, it does.
So how do you make time to follow your bliss when you can’t even figure out how to make time for you? In today’s video, I answer that question. I hope it serves you.