Self-love as “Bliss”

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Washington Thurman

Meditation: When I give myself permission to fully take in God’s love and then learn to love myself, I will not shy away from moments that feel like “bliss” moments. Those “bliss” moments that make me feel fully alive look different for each of us. I discovered that exactly what I never thought I wanted to be, ironically turns out to be my bliss: “being a pastor”. Yesterday I had the honor of conducting a funeral service for the father of a dear friend. And today I blessed a 13 year old for her confirmation. When I am allowed to celebrate those sacred moments in people’s lives, I feel like a fish in water, I feel like an eagle soaring, I feel like floating on water… My “bliss” makes me feel fully alive. As I embrace that which I never thought I wanted to be, but that turns out to be in line with who I am, I feel “aligned”, feel “congruent”, feel “alive”…Self-love includes the search and the surprise of finding my “bliss” and allowing to be surprised by joy.

Prayer: God of abundance, you want us to soar like eagles, swim like fish and float easily on top of the water. Show each one of us what that means. We all have different areas of “bliss”. When we love ourselves more fully, we no longer shy away from asking you to bless us by finding our “bliss”, discovering our joy and coming fully alive. God, you are the One that delights in us finding the places where we can most fully be ourselves and come fully alive. And we are grateful. Amen

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11