Last night as I was sitting down after a hectic day, the question popped up in my mind as I was reflecting on the day... When will we begin to live true to our bliss....? If we were to characterize the human condition as it’s experienced by the average person, two words would suffice: “Yes, but…” The “but” stands in the way of experiencing our authentic being, to which we long more than anything to utter a resounding “yes”—a “yes” from which we shrink at every opportunity.
The most powerful argument for the existence of the divine can be found in the human heart, which is an expression of the divine. What is this argument? It’s that we resist the total bliss that’s our nature.
Our natural state is bliss, and when we stop resisting this bliss as Eckhart Tolle finally did that night when his entire life changed, as he describes in the beginning of The Power of Now, bliss invades our everyday reality and never again leaves us.
Bliss is the essence of existence, the reason for everything that is. Bliss is the nature of the divine.
The resistance we experience, Eckhart calls the pain-body. Another name for it, suggested by an English monk, could be antibliss.
Eckhart writes of this inherent bliss—and of our antibliss—in Stillness Speaks:
The playfulness and joy of a dog (cats depending on their mood 😾) its unconditional love and readiness to celebrate life at any moment, often contrast sharply with the inner state of the dog’s owner—depressed, anxious, burdened by problems, lost in thought, not present in the only place and only time there is: Here and Now. One wonders: living with this person, how does the dog manage to remain so sane, so joyous?
Joy—bliss—is the bottomline of all reality. It’s within all of us in the way it’s in our beloved dogs (and cats). Only our resistance prevents it from flooding our life right here, right now.
Last weekend was absolutely magical, there was a glimmer of swell which we jumped straight on and made the most of the recent lull. Plans are already in motion for this weekend to be even better. My favourite aspect of sunrises is that no matter what’s happened the day before, when the sun rises and your circadian clock is restored it’s a fresh start on your journey. Remember those who achieve the extraordinary, are usually the most ordinary because they have nothing to prove to anybody. So be humble 😉
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Wishing for a real treat? Pay attention to how water really looks, feels and sounds. Whether your encounter is in a shower or on a beach. Waking up our senses to what’s around us. Closing our eyes and listening to what is near and what is far away. Taking extra seconds to look. Take an extra few seconds to feel the water on your skin.