Do you ever stop to notice
exactly what it is
that brings you bliss?
What it takes
for you to find
that cathartic moment
of overwhelming internal stillness
Where you feel
When there is no other place
you could possibly rather be
than exactly where you are
being exactly who you are?
Is it reaching the mountain summit
and breathing the crisp air
acutely aware of how small everything appears
from another perspective
when you’re on top of it all?
The moment the force of the ocean
propels you forward
as you skim its glassy surface
with each duck and turn of your board?
Walking along miles of sand
in complete darkness
under a blanket of stars?
Is it digging your fingers
into soft cool soil
and placing a tiny life
into its loving mother’s embrace?
Is it stepping beyond the folds of the curtain
and feeling the energy of the audience
ready to show them your character
ready to show them yourself
ready to show them themselves?
Is it moving your body to the rhythm of your personal drum?
Releasing that rhythm from your lungs into an intoxicating melody?
Moving your fingers in an effortless flow and feeling the hum of each chord or string?
Is it sweeping a paintbrush across a canvas of possibility?
Is it telling a story through your words?
Through your lens?
Is it meditating in stillness
in the world that you have created
in a grassy meadow
on a deserted beach?
I find joy in many things that I do.
Swimming in the ocean.
Experimenting in the kitchen.
Writing in my journal.
Connecting with loved ones.
But the moments when I reach my highest sense of joy
my moments of bliss
are my moments of exploration.
When I sit on buses on trains on planes
and stare at the vast landscape
that constantly changes around me.
When I ride my bicycle down dusty country roads
unsure of what might greet me at each bend.
The first morning in a new city or town
when I wake with the early chirps
and walk in silence absorbing my new surroundings.
When I wander burgeoning markets in ancient cities
enchanted with the landscape
enchanted with the culture.
When I take the path less traveled
over rocky cliffs on beaches
deep in the jungle
through small cobblestone alleys
and find exactly what I needed to see
without even realizing I needed it at all.
And so I travel.
And so I explore.
Where do you find absolute harmony
Where do you find your sheer bliss?
How can you change your life
to one filled
with so many