I didn’t choose my new year’s resolution. Rather, it chose me and revealed itself in the form of Joseph Campbell.
I’ve had a pretty tough week of doing nothing. It’s been great! I’ve had the opportunity to think about my life’s direction and things I want to accomplish next year and beyond. One big thing: I’d like to eat better and choose not to smoke. So, I picked up a copy of If The Buddha Came To Dinner to get myself motivated in the health department. It’s a fantastic read and offers so much more than just advice on nutrition.
I came across a passage about inner nourishment and having trust in your self that really resonated with me. The idea that I do know what I need in life rings true for me, yet I suppress it, deny it, ignore it, project it, feed it with consumerism, etc, etc.
What really blew my mind came near the end of the book. The author quotes Joseph Campbell, taken from the PBS Series “The Power of Myth,”: “There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the centre, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss.”
His simple words are so so powerful and have stuck with me this week as I contemplate my current beam status. Half-on, half-off.
Then the universe pulled me over again to send me the same message! After finishing the Buddha book I strolled on over to the fridge for a beverage and what did I see peer back at me? A “follow your bliss” fridge magnet that i’d never noticed enough to register! A small coincidence and I didn’t think much about it… and still didn’t until just an hour ago.
I was in the laundry room waiting for the spin cycle to finish. To pass the time I was glancing through some old books and magazines that people in my building periodically drop off for exchange or recycling.
I was attracted to an older looking magazine I’d never heard of. Parabola. Summer 1988. Old, I thought. Probably nothing too good in there. I flipped through and was minorly interested. Then I saw some words that I recognised, a vaguely familiar face and then there it was. On page 24, “Following Your Bliss, A Conversation Between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers”!
Coincidence? Hell no! In 2005 I’m working very hard at following my bliss.
Happy New Year!