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What is bliss?

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Lamar Schrader

on 19 February 2015

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Transcript of What is bliss?

Find Your Bliss
What is Bliss?
Joseph Campbell
Bliss
What is something
in
your
life that -
Requires Intuition?
Greek background:
Eudaimonia
(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 :
Autonomy
Personal growth
Self-acceptance
Purpose in life
Environmental mastery
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
Intuition
Self-awareness
Self-acceptance
Inner guidance
Purpose/ Function
Contribution
Cultivation
Creation
Integration
Single strand in the fabric of the universe
Will
Motivation
Discipline
Action
Compelling
Touches on your Purpose?
Leads to Will?
Reflection Questions:

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?
C
haracteristic Checklist of Bliss:
Intuition
Self-awareness, Self-acceptance, Inner guidance
Purpose/ Function
Creation, Cultivation, Integration, Contribution
Will
Discipline, Motivation, Action, Compelling
Solitude
Sounds
Relationships
Gardening
Harmony
Comedy
Design/Patterns
Strategy
Competition
Recreation
Smiling/Laughter
Music
Physical Activity
Film
Photography
Thrill Rides
Faith
Cooking/Baking
Colors
Flavors
Hospitality
Water
Wildlife
Woodworking
Architecture
Hiking
Writing
Inventing/Engineering
Dance
Space
Travel
Engines
Graphic Arts
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