Joseph Campbell called it the “Bliss Station” – a sacred space and block of uninterrupted time everyday devoted to what your soul wants to be making.
Sacred space is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are so great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it.”
– Joseph Campbell
Do you have one? I didn’t for a long time. For years as I was building my business I’d wake up, drink some coffee and hop straight to my inbox.
I’d start responding to each e-mail and before I knew it, my entire day had been scheduled – by someone else! Then it was over to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest and before I knew it, I was sucked into a vortex that devoured more of my time than I care to admit.
My reactionary response to my day was putting me into a passive role in my business/life rather than an active one. I could see that my productivity was slipping, meaning was becoming scarce and if I didn’t gain some self control, I would look back over years of my life and realize that I hadn’t accomplished nearly as much I as I could have.
[Insert Existential Crisis Here]
It’s fair to say that good customer service and a presence on social media are both hugely important to any business but what about the vision that you hold for your business and life? How are we going to work towards our long term goals if our immediate moments are being swept away by tasks and updates?
The result is a mental busyness that leaves no room for the kind of divine inspiration that comes when we are still.
Nearly a year ago now, I started a practice of waking up and devoting the first hour of my day to my passion projects.
No social media.
Some days this means I am up with the sunrise and just knowing that time has been set aside for me to focus on whatever I want to be creating makes me want to jump out of bed and get started.
I’ve noticed that it has shifted many things for me. The first is that I have been able to move forward on things that had once become perpetually stuck on my back burner. In fact, I’ve come to see that my back burner had become storage space for my soul’s work.
It was where my substance was hiding.
It was always easier for me to put it away for another day because I think in some ways I was scared of what it would look like to step into my whole self, my purpose and my calling.
To me, sacred creative space is making a container for it. It’s realizing that I am a free human being and I have the capacity to actively and intentionally make the life that I want for myself. By scheduling time and creating space for those things that I yearn to be making, I also dramatically change how I approach all of the other hours of my day.
I say no more – a lot more.
I don’t take on every project that comes my way.
I write about things that inspire me.
I dive deeper into research and exploring new ideas.
I find my substance.
So, what would happen if we all did this?
What if every morning (or evening for you night owls) we went to our “bliss station” to create whatever it is we wanted to create. No emails, no phone calls, no social media. Just bliss time to work on a poem, a blog post, the chapter of the book you’ve been writing for the last ten years… It could be anything.
Want to find your bliss station with me?
April 20th-April 24th, I’m launching The 5 Days of Bliss.
It’s simple. Choose an hour a day and work on something you love.
Don’t have an hour? How about 10 minutes?
Don’t have anything you want to work on? Meditate.
Then at the end, take a picture of your ‘Bliss Station” and hashtag it #blissstation on social media. By sharing with each other, we can stay inspired to keep going. I’ll be cheering you on, I promise.
5 days of intentional creation, devoted to you and what you yearn for.
I can’t wait to see what you are working on!
To your unbridled success,
P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @seesawdesign.