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What is bliss?
Transcript of What is bliss?
What is Bliss?
What is something
life that -
(Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯moníaː]), sometimes anglicized as eudaemonia or eudemonia /juːdɨˈmoʊniə/, is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness or welfare; however, "human flourishing" has been proposed as a more accurate translation.
Aristotle says that the eudaimon life is one of “virtuous activity in accordance with reason”. And even Epicurus who argues that the eudaimon life is the life of pleasure maintains that the life of pleasure coincides with the life of virtue. So the ancient ethical theorists tend to agree that virtue is closely bound up with happiness (areté is bound up with eudaimonia).
The Greek word areté is usually translated into English as virtue, but the sense of ‘virtue’ operative in ancient ethics is not exclusively moral and includes ideas such as wisdom, courage and compassion. Doing anything well requires virtue, and each characteristic activity (such as carpentry, flute playing, etc.) has its own set of virtues. The alternative translation excellence (or "a desirable quality") might be helpful in conveying this general meaning of the term.
The modern psychologist C. D. Ryff highlighted the idea of eudaimonia as psychological well-being, or pleasure. Building on Aristotelian ideals of belonging and benefiting others, flourishing, thriving and exercising excellence, she conceptualised eudaimonia as a six-factor structure :
Purpose in life
Positive relations with others.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is -- not the quick little excitement, but the real deep, life-filling bliss.” Joseph Campbell
Single strand in the fabric of the universe
Touches on your Purpose?
Leads to Will?
1. What makes you smile? (Activities, people, events, hobbies, projects, etc.)
2. What activities make you lose track of time?
3. Who inspires you most? (Anyone you know or do not know. Family, friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc.) Which qualities inspire you, in each person?
4. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
5. What would you regret not fully doing or being in your life?
6. What were some challenges, difficulties and hardships you’ve overcome or are in the process of overcoming? How did you do it?
7. What causes do you strongly believe in? Connect with?
8. If you could get a message across to a large group of people. Who would those people be? What would your message be?
haracteristic Checklist of Bliss:
Self-awareness, Self-acceptance, Inner guidance
Creation, Cultivation, Integration, Contribution
Discipline, Motivation, Action, Compelling