Bliss

: complete happiness
: paradise, heaven

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Bliss (n): Old English blis, also bliðsmerriment, happiness, grace, favor,” from Proto-Germanic blithsjo (source also of Old Saxon blidsea, blizza), from blithizgentle, kind” + -tjo noun suffix. Originally mostly of earthly happiness; influenced by association with bless and blithe.

Bless (n.): Old English bletsian, bledsianto consecrate, make holy, give thanks.”

Blithe (adj.): Old English bliþejoyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant,” from Proto-Germanic blithizgentle, kind.”

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Perfection is pure-fiction.”

Janelle Jalbert (former teacher and published writer of such books like “Triangulating Bliss,” “Wing Dog,” and “Flash 40: Life’s Moments.”)

Bio Source:

janellejalbert.com/bio/

“And the idea of just wandering off to a café with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.”

J.K. Rowling (b. Joanne “Jo” Rowling, pen names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series)

Bio Source:

www.jkrowling.com/en_US/

“Now may every living thing, young or old,
weak or strong, living near or far, known or
unknown, living or departed or yet unborn,
may every living thing be full of bliss.”

Anonymous, The Dhammapada (a volume of 423 short verses from the Pali Tripitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism, sometimes called the Buddhist Book of Proverbs)

Bio Source:

buddhism.about.com/od/thetripitaka/a/dhammapadamain.htm

“The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly.”

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536, Dutch humanist and one of greatest scholars of the northern Renaissance, the first editor of the New Testament, and an important figure in pastristics and classical literature)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Desiderius-Erasmus

“For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state.”

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987, American author, editor, and teacher who work on comparative mythology and folklore examined the universality of recurring myths in human culture; author of more than 40 books, including “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” and the four-volume “Masks of God.”)

Bio Source:

billmoyers.com/guest/joseph-campbell/

“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 (1887-1963, Hindu spiritual teacher and proponent of Yoga and Vedanta; he studied medicine and served as a physician in British Malaya for several years before taking up monasticism.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sivananda_Saraswati

“When true happiness shows up, the ego is bored with it: It's too plain, too ordinary, and it doesn't leave us feeling special or above the fray. It doesn't take away our problems, which is the ego's idea of happiness. The ego wants no more difficulties: no more sickness, no more need for money, no more work, no more bad feelings, only unending pleasure and bliss. Such perfection is the ego's idea of a successful life. However, the happiness the ego dreams of will never be attained by anyone. The ego denies the reality of this dimension, where challenges are necessary to evolution and blissful states and pleasure come and go.”

Gina Lake (writer, metaphysical teacher, astrological counselor, and a serious spiritual seeker, and has written numerous books including, “What about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment,” “Choosing Love,” “Ten Teachings for One World,” and “The Jesus Trilogy”)

Bio Source:

www.radicalhappiness.com/contact-about/about-gina-lake

Meditation

“And the idea of just wandering off to a café with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.”

— J.K. Rowling

Where do we find our bliss, our divine inheritance and our earthly Elysium?  Do we breathe it in during our daily spiritual practices?  Do search for it in our callings or through the fulfillment of our chosen vocations?  Is it in our relationships?  Or is it all of the above and more?

For me, it’s  multi-dimensional experiences, bridges to prosperity, wellbeing, creativity, healthy relationships, beauty, and new ideas, great and small.

Every experience and every encounter amazes me, especially in nature, from the brilliant colors of sky, the healing rays of the sun, the luminous moon; the trees, hawks, rabbits, turtles, the butterflies; a surprised rainbow; or deep conversations with friends or casual ones with strangers.  The world is becoming the most enchanting place, a paradise filled with vivid colors and vibrant sounds.  I, for one, am in constant awe.

Bliss is delving into the abyss through my own personal spiritual practices of meditation, walking, journaling, and creativity.  There’s nothing more inspiring than abiding in God’s presence and witnessing God The Father and Mother’s Love, Light, and Infinite Grace.

But, what’s equally important is to participate in community and to be of service to others.  That’s where the true magic happens, where one gets to see what one is made of and what stage of consciousness one stands.

As we all evolve and choose to become more divine human beings and light-workers, may we strive to find our own personal bliss in all that we love and creates.

Godspeed, sojourners!

Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

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