Realizing Bliss

We all want to live meaningful and happy lives. The mystics, like St. Ignatius of Loyola, give us a simple and effective way. Pay attention to the last thing at night and the first moments in the morning (Spiritual Exercises 73 -74).

In the first waking moments we lay out the script for the rest of the day. If our first conscious moments have a positive feel then the rest of the day we will unconsciously find ways to sustain that feeling. The experience of the first thing in the morning is contingent with the last thing that we do at night.

Here’s one simple way of doing this. Fall asleep every night with gratitude for the blessings of the day and spend the first two minutes of the day in meditation. As soon as you wake up, sit on your bed and focus on your breathing. See yourself as a flute and your breath as the Divine Essence or Divine energy passing through every pore of your being, channeling blissful music the rest of the day and every day for the rest of your life.

There is no right way of doing this. Just do it and you will realize the difference! Gratitude is the memory of the heart; the unconscious continues to reveal myriads of gifts while we are asleep and is attuned to the gifts that the new day offers. Also, if the first two waking minutes are significant to us then the unconscious begins the meditation exercise long before we wake up; the Divine Energy or Music flows through our being without our knowing it the rest of our day until it becomes a way of life.

“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep” Rumi.


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12 Responses to Realizing Bliss

  1. valtripi says:

    Paul — I love this post. I will do this! Thank you. Val

  2. Beautiful image! I will mindfully be grateful as I fall asleep and try to remember to be the flute in the morning as I breathe. I am grateful tonight for this reflection.

  3. Barbara Hagelstein says:


  4. Diane White says:

    Excellent advice! Gratitude and Meditation! I have been doing gratitude morn and night. Maybe will give 2 min. Meditation a try. Even I should
    Be able to sit still that long!
    Your Rumi quote is one of my favorites of his!. . . “The morning stars have secrets to tell”
    Thanks for your blog!

  5. Mark Rudis says:

    I can truly appreciate Barbaras reply. I think we all become obsessed with our own egos, even though it is a false identity we have created in life. I think that those who study the wisdom traditions Vedanta will tell us that we need not aquire anything, simply release what does not change. Neti, neti, not this…not this.

  6. Terrie says:

    What a perfect way to start/end the day!
    Terrie K.

  7. JOSEPHINE says:

    This is a personal favorite blog for me.
    The analogy of the flute applying to me and starting the day with Divine essence flowing in and through me is lovely and practical and oh so right. And gratitude at the end of the day creates a day that is at both beginning and end deeply rooted in Divine essence, thus planting and attending to that Divine essence within all day and even all night.
    Thank you Paul.

  8. Miriam says:

    Hearing the music of the Divine in all of creation all day long is truly bliss. Thanks, Paul, for saying it so beautifully.

  9. florydsouza says:

    Thanks Paul for reminding us of a simple way to experience Bliss. It’s come at the right time. Grateful to you for your blog. Love you

  10. Rodney Barretto says:

    Thank you Paul for this simple excercise that we should always do in our day to day living. WE forget that simplicity and gratitude are virtues we should also expouse.

  11. JoAnn Rulo says:

    Paul, thanks for sharing your beautiful message on Bliss. As I read your blog I thought of the many things David Steindl-Rast has said about gratefulness and his beautiful TED Talk message on gratefulness. My favorite David Steindle-Rast quote however is: “Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound, but a listening heart perceives meaning”. It is when our heart perceives meaning that we can truly be grateful because it is then that we are in tune with the Divine essence within our being.

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