Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tip#181: Find Your Bliss - Forrest Gump
Definition of Bliss: A state of extreme happiness
As I write this I am still connected to the bliss I felt on my recent cottage vacation north east of Toronto. The sun was shining all weekend, the air was fresh and the clear water was deliciously soothing. The first night I arrived I just soaked up the lake's quiet energy with my friends. A full moon shone brightly above.
The next morning I was floating peacefully in the cool waters with the gentle sound of crickets and the occasional loons calling nearby. I realized I was in a state of bliss. I had no concerns about work, no stress about relationships and no worries about the future. I was completely present, in the moment and happy.
This is what connecting with your positive emotional energy is all about. Connecting with your state of bliss is tapping into this energy that vibrates on a higher level. And places far away from where you live and work can help take you there.
There are many blissful moments in the movie, Forrest Gump. One is a scene where Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) is helping Forrest (Tom Hanks) on his shrimp boat. For a long time he had been angry and bitter for losing his legs in the war but finding a new purpose in life working with Forrest had him metaphorically let go and jump into the ocean. You see him float peacefully in the serenity of the water under a glorious sky. (See photo above)
And there is a scene near the end of the film where Forrest reflects on blissful moments throughout his adventures. He describes to his love Jenny (Robin Wright Penn) of the extraordinary beauty of a sunset, a mountain lake and being in the desert. She then says, "I wish I could've been there with you." Forrest simply replies, "You were."
So find your bliss. Find that place of extreme happiness. For some it is taking a trip or vacation. Or maybe it's indulging in a favourite activity you love to do. Or perhaps it starts by treating yourself to your favourite coffee or foods. Whatever it is find that method that leads you to a natural emotional high.
And when find your bliss allow yourself to enjoy the moment and float in it as long as you can.
"Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real."
Other related tips:
Tip#14: It's Okay To Slow Down
Tip#103: Re-Energize The Meditative Way
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008