Do you know that feeling? That sense of pure joy. Fearlessness. An inexplicable connection to the universe- as kooky as that sounds. Complete lack of judgment of yourself and others.
1. Supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.
Do you know what it feels like?
Some refer to it as Level 7 in the 7 Levels of Energy. It’s not particularly realistic to live your life in absolute bliss. If you were at a permanent Level 7, you might find yourself running around the forest naked and singing to the clouds. Because it feels good, I would imagine, and why not?
But to be able to feel this way… to feel that bliss… those are the moments that make life worth living.
Many people think that this Level 7 feeling only comes from engaging in a hobby they absolutely love… but they don’t have one. It’s difficult to understand that bliss is just a feeling, and you can get that feeling from anything.
My bliss is kiteboarding. I’m the person you pass on the water who is laughing to herself, singing to the waves, and grinning like a damn fool. I love it. I could spend hours on the water riding, doing tricks, and crashing so hard I can’t breathe. I keep doing it because I can’t get enough of feeling completely alive and in the moment.
But there are a thousand other moments – long or fleeting – where I’ve felt nothing short of perfection. Watching the sunset while sipping a glass of wine. The moment of takeoff on a flight. A visit from dolphins while paddleboarding! When a stranger stops me on the street to say they noticed my smile. Those moments during yoga when my body is open and my mind is free. Those are the moments I feel bliss.
Everyone’s moments are different. It can be something that seems insignificant. That feeling could pop up anywhere, at any time. In fact, you’ve probably experienced it recently. The key is learning to recognize it. To savor it.
It might happen when you watch your child laugh.
When you walk outside to see that it’s been snowing all night, the air is crisp and cool, and the street is blanketed in sparkling white.
When you’re in the arms of the person you love.
While you’re sitting on a surfboard waiting for a wave that you’re probably going to wipe out on – because that’s what you do – and you realize that it doesn’t matter because the world is absolutely incredible.
When you get that first lick of ice cream on a swelteringly hot day.
After you’ve climbed a mountain – grumbling all the way up – and you see that view.
There are a million moments. They may be small, but they’re there. Think about it. Have you ever caught yourself completely awestruck by something? A place, an experience, a piece of cake? Think about that feeling and learn to recognize it.
Next time you take that sip of coffee and feel that “Aaaahhhh….”, focus on it. Take a few more seconds to enjoy that blissful moment when the warmth travels down your throat and the caffeine travels to your brain. Savor that moment.
Part of feeling bliss is simply being aware that it exists.
When you can truly recognize that feeling, be in that moment, and appreciate how those little instances of bliss can enrich your day, maybe that’s the right time to start looking for a hobby that will give you that feeling.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Venture out. Take risks. Try everything! Challenge yourself by doing something you’re afraid of and allow yourself to fail, but keep trying and be present.
You never know when or where you’ll find your moment.