Let’s take a moment to celebrate our uniqueness. As a husband and father of twins I am constantly reminded how each and every one of us is so different; from head to toe, inside to out. I have quickly learned that I cannot parent my children the same way because they are different people and respond differently to different things. I am also constantly reminded that I cannot assume that my wife will like what I like or see things the same way as I do.
When I say “find your bliss” (those of you familiar with Joseph Campbell’s writings may recognize this phrase), I am very acutely aware that this phrase will mean different things to everyone. For example, if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I posted a picture of the underside of my car’s engine followed by the caption “There’s something about being under a car that is extremely calming”. When I try to explain this to my wife she cannot wrap her head around it. To her, being under a car is anything BUT calming. She would likely replace “calming” with any of the following: dangerous, dirty, scary, greasy, claustrophobic, waste of time, ………. For me, I could meditate or probably even take a nap under my car.
There are a few places or tasks that I am able to loose myself in and just be in the moment and wrenching on my car is one of them. It is extremely important to our mental health to have these places or activities that allow us to let go of all the daily noise that rattles around in our brain and reconnect with ourselves and re-center. When I engage in these kinds of activities I can clear my head, mull over questions that I have been trying to solve or just be.
My challenge to all of the OOTers out there is to find your bliss…..or find a way to find your bliss??? I’m sure many of you already have these activities that become meditative, but I’m willing to bet that a lot of you don’t….. or you have forgotten about them. Let me know, what your strategies are for finding your bliss and reconnecting with yourself.