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The Bliss Station

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 23, 2016, 8:02 PM

July 21, 2016

Written by Austin Kleon  
austinkleon.com/2016/07/21/the…



It’s felt impossible lately not to be distracted and despondent. I’m trying to spend as much time at my bliss station as I can.

What’s a bliss station? Here’s Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth:

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.

My wife pointed out to me that Campbell says you must have a room OR a certain hour — whether Campbell really meant this or not, she suggested that maybe it’s possible that a bliss station can be not just a where, but a when. Not just a sacred space, but also a sacred time.

The deluxe package would be having both a special room and a special hour that you go to it, but we started wondering whether one would make up for not having the other.

For example, say you have a tiny apartment that you share with small children. There’s no room for your bliss station, there’s only time: When the kids are asleep or at school or day care, even a kitchen table can be turned into a bliss station.

Or, say your schedule is totally unpredictable, and a certain time of day can’t be relied upon — that’s when a dedicated space that’s ready for you at any time will come in handy.

What’s clear is that it’s healthiest if we make a daily appointment to disconnect from the world so that we can connect with ourselves.

“Choose the time that’s good for you,” says Francis Ford Coppola. “For me, it’s early morning because I wake up, and I’m fresh, and I sit in my place. I look out the window, and I have coffee, and no one’s gotten up yet or called me or hurt my feelings.”

The easiest way I get my feelings hurt by turning on my phone first thing in the morning. And even on the rare occasion I don’t get my feelings hurt, my time is gone and my brains are scrambled.

“Do not start your day with addictive time vampires such as The New York Times, email, Twitter,” says Edward Tufte. “All scatter eye and mind, produce diverting vague anxiety, clutter short term memory.”

Every morning I try to fight the urge, but every morning my addiction compels me.

“The new heroin addiction is connectivity,” says V. Vale. “The only solution is not one that most people want to face, which is to become lovers of solitude and silence… I love to spend time alone in my room, and in my ideal world the first hour of every day would be in bed, writing down thoughts, harvesting dreams, before anyone phones or you have any internet access.”

Kids, jobs, sleep, and a thousand other things will get in the way, but we have to find our own sacred space, our own sacred time.

“Where is your bliss station?” Campbell asked. “You have to try to find it.”



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Rhonda
Artist | Traditional Art
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Stats: 53 years old, self-taught artist (sculptor), mother of two young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum, caretaker of my elderly, widowed father.

Current Residence: Oklahoma USA


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AngelX1992 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for adding Miki to your Portraits collection  :la:
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Traditional Artist
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Thank you for the favorite :nod:

Who made my day by MademoiselleDarlene  
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Traditional Artist
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assasinwithredeyes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A llama for you ^^
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Have one in return! :D 
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Thanks for the Llama!
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner May 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :love:
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Thanks for the Fave!
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darkc3po Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
^_^:hug:tuesday we might get bad thunderstorms in texas,
this week might rain,i'm scare of thunderstorms,
how are you,how is the weather,i hope you and you'r family are okay with the weather,
i'm praying for you and you'r family my very best buddy:heart:^_^
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
We are fine and I hope you are, too. :)
Did you have bad weather last night?
There were tornadoes north of us, but
we were okay. Thank you for your prayers. :hug:

Thank you for the cute kittens video! Hope you
have a good day! :wave:
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darkc3po Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
^_^:hug:i'm very happy to hear that my very best buddy,
aww,thank you very much,
we had thunderstorms in texas,it wasn't bad,
aww,thank you very much for asking,
i'm very happy to hear that you and you'r family are okay,
aww,your very welcome,
aww,your very welcome,
aww,thank you very much,
how are you,how is the weather,
i worry about you,
here is a youtube video for you,
e.t. theme song,
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15x-B…
have a beautiful day my very best buddy:heart:^_^
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear that you didn't have any bad storms last night. :)
Don't worry...we are doing okay. :hug:

Thank you for the E.T. theme video. I always liked that music. :D

Here's one for you: Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=StTqXE…

Have a great day!! :wave:
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rittie145 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Happy Birthday! Sorry I didn't say it yesterday. I haven't managed to get on here as much recently. Happy Birthday Cupcake 
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :hug:
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rittie145 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're very welcome. I hope you had a great day. Hug 
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
I did. :hug:
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Happy  Birthday to you! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:
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Thank you! :hug:
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