Just because you missed Sunday morning’s yoga class at lululemon athletica Newport Beach doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all its blissful happenings. While we lunged, flexed, and lengthened our way through our physical practice amidst the store’s brightly colored clothing, we delved into something a little deeper, a little sweeter. Bliss.

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living…I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

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To be honest with you, I wasn’t entirely sure how to define bliss when I read this quote. So I checked. Bliss: Extreme Happiness. This is the first description I found.

Here’s your mission for the day: think of three words that define YOUR Bliss.

What are the first few things that come to mind? When do you experience extreme happiness? When do you feel you are at your best and you’re loving every bit of it? When do you feel absolutely unstoppable?

Three words or three things that you can actually see or envision. This is YOUR bliss, not your friends’, your boss’, your partner’s, or parents’. Your bliss is wonderfully unique to you.

To find this “special something”, we sometimes need to look at the other side of things. Don’t be afraid to recognize what does NOT inspire you, when you are NOT at your best, and when you do feel weak or vulnerable. Acknowledge them, and use them to help you discover your bliss. Just by recognizing the opposite of something, this might help us better define our original intention.

A quote like this reminds me that the first step to “living the life that you ought to be living” is knowing what makes you happiest. Let your bliss be your guide, your moral code, and your decision maker. And you will certainly find that path you’re meant to be on and you will certainly find new doors opening.

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