I love finding my bliss. It may be in nature or an experience. I could be taking a few minutes to check in with myself, to listen to someone inspiring speak, having a massage, or that first moment when I get into clean sheets and feel them touch my body.
What’s your bliss? Bliss – happiness, enjoyment, harmony, pleasure.
Earlier this year it occurred for me when I least expected it. I had arrived in Amritsar in India, fulfilling a longtime dream to visit that extraordinary country. Our first stop on a cool damp Sunday morning was the Golden Temple, a Sikh holy place. The traffic in India is chaotic and noisy. On this morning it built up slowly. We were jolted into our senses when a motorcycle in front of us, carrying the rider’s wife and 5 children, took off in an anticlockwise direction turning right into the roundabout and the oncoming traffic. It parted and he sailed through.
The bliss started for me as we walked along a main thoroughfare, closed to traffic, with men in colourful turbans and women in even more colourful decorative saris. All moving towards the marble forecourt of the Golden Temple.
Shoes were removed and stored; bare feet became derigueur; pants were rolled up to calves; shawls or kerchiefs were added to bare heads. The ritual began. I walked through a trough of fresh water to cleanse, stepped up and through the marble portico and then down into a vista of an enormous pond, surrounded by an intricate marble inlaid ‘boardwalk’ with communal and meditation rooms flanking it. People strolling, sitting, bathing, cleansing, contemplating, meeting, chatting, celebrating, waiting, viewing, connecting; all heading in the direction of the Golden Temple, located in the middle of the pond. Glistening in the grey light. I was mesmerized by the beauty, peacefulness and spirituality. I was taken to a place of bliss which is still with me every time I take myself back to being there.
It was a gift, the gift of India. I had been told it would be life changing and it was. I was filled with joy, love and peace. The beauty of the people and the colour gave me my bliss.
Do you have a place, a memory, a practice that gives you your bliss? Do you visit it? How often do you go there? If you don’t, I invite you to pay a visit and find out what it gives you.
With this new year having started tumultuously for many, finding your bliss may give you peace in challenging times.
If you would like to share, I would love to hear what your bliss is.
Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.