1. Extreme happiness; ecstasy.
2. The ecstasy of salvation; spiritual joy.
Bliss is an emotional state that is characterized by perfect happiness (feelings of enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction).
With a new year, there is a new beginning, and for my company, a new name for my regular yoga classes: Yoga Bliss.
The name came from some reading I was doing about finding your bliss in life. Bliss cannot be sustained, not by anyone, but it can be achieved, and held, at least for a few minutes. In our yoga practice, we often achieve a state of bliss, especially as our class winds down and we take the time to stretch our bodies and then find rest in our final moments of class.
It’s in those final moments of class that I am often overcome with bliss. Feelings of intense JOY fill my heart. There is satisfaction in knowing I gave the class everything I had to offer for that one hour of class. I feel the connection of my body, mind, and spirit, but also I am connected to the other people in the class. For those final moments, we are ONE. Our hearts beat as one.
This was shared with me in a Christmas card by my friend, Kathy:
“Follow your bliss.
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 you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the fields of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
– Joseph Campbell