On Bliss

Today’s Monday Meditation is by Kim Jones. Kim’s newest occupation is owning and managing Designed for Healing, a natural foods and more store in southwestern Missouri.

Have you ever experienced Bliss?  I’m sure the word conjures up all sorts of scenarios in your mind. For the purpose of this blog I’m focusing on that tickly feeling I get when I take that first bite of Creme Brûlée or any food that sends my senses soaring. I’m sure   I’m not the only one who has felt a bit transported during an exceptional meal. The same thing can happen as you soak in a certain vista that lies before you. It could even be in your own back yard. Giving yourself permission and the time to really be present in the moment, to experience and appreciate the lovely view provided by the Creator and to truly taste that burger fresh from your grill is taking a step toward knowing Bliss.

For me, moments of Bliss are filled with gratitude, prayers of thankfulness and a good old fashioned “wow that’s good!”.

Life in general is difficult at best. I’ve heard the phrase, “find your Bliss” for years and I think it’s encouragement to really find joy in your daily grind and to find opportunities to notice that there are exceptional things in your life. The challenge is to slow down a bit, don’t think of food as just fuel, look at your surroundings with fresh eyes.  You can take a trip to exotic or historical destinations and eat fine and fancy food, that would be fantastic! Just consider that while the grass is green on the other side, Bliss can be found on your side of the fence, right under your feet, if you take time to find it.

I think the business of just “doing” life gives us a layer of callouses on that part where bliss is found. But where is that exactly?  Your heart? Your spirit? Your mind?  I think bliss resides somewhere in our senses.   I know that you must “slow down” in order to experience it.

It is possible to be so sensorially numb from the stresses of life that we have a hard time or maybe it’s impossible to register pleasure. I love to have my head massaged but there was a time in my life when I literally could not feel that fantastic tickly sensation when my hair dresser would give me that luscious head massage as she washed my hair……nothing!  My mind remembered how it should feel and tried to fill in the blank but no….I felt nothing.   That is a sign of serious stress and if it happens to you, you might need some professional help. I found a nice mix of self-care disciplines restored my ability to feel.  I  enjoyed a mix of massage, acupuncture, yoga, dance, a good counselor and faith.  I recall the bliss I felt when I could really enjoy that head massage again. Surprise, relief and a lovely tingle.

If, in this season to be thankful you find yourself not really feeling, you can take action. Try to take some time for yourself, check your stress level.  Pray for a renewed heart and mind and practice enjoying everyday events.  Affirm that there is Bliss in the simplest of things and expect to find it.  It takes practice to peel away the callouses that can steal our Bliss.  I can tell you it’s worth the effort.

 

Kim’s piece made me think about feelings, our own, and the verse that goes, ‘yes, you want truth in the most hidden places’ or ‘you desire truth in the innermost being’ (Psalm 51:6).

In 1993 I was driving to work. I felt like God told me to acknowledge my feelings. Not wanting to be ruled by my emotions, I had ignored, squashed and denied til I didn’t even know what they were there or that I was feeling instead. He wanted to address that.

My response was something like this: I’m on my way to work. I’ll do it later. And I did … 7 years later.

Michelle Tumes says it better than I:

Hark! The wind of passion
Swiftly weaving over your soul
Bless the surge of thunder rolling onto your shore
Greet the deep emotion
That sleeps beneath the ocean floor
Watch elation bound release it’s furious roar

Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long to
Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long
To feel.

Pound the sands of courage
Reach for clouds that cover the foam
Dance with bold expression
Leaping form silent abodes
Face the wild commotion
Free restraint and struggle no more
Let the moon raise all that
Dwells in the tides of your core

Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long to
Feel! Feel! Feel! Feel what you long
To feel

Weep,sigh,laugh,cry
Flee from the snares that wish to
Deny how you feel
Hope, live , love, yearn
And feel, feel what you long to

Views shared on this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of OSAi.
 

Comments

On Bliss — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this post, both to you and to Kim.
    I am so glad that somebody put in words how I feel … For me is the first sip of a coffee after I wake-up, the sweetness of the whipp cream and bitterness of the coffee gives me a second of bliss. And the shock of air and sun (or cold now :P) that I get when I open the balcony door the first time of the day.

    They make me forget all the bad moments that will follow or went by… Those few seconds a day of bliss charge my mental batteries and I can go through the rest of the day. I appreciate a lot how beautiful and perfect God is in his creations, how he ut beauty everywhere around us, just so we can find a second of peace and tranquility.

    Thank you both for sharing, is wonderful to know that other people share your joy and feelings… no matter how far away they are or how different.

    Have a great week and sunny days 🙂