bliss

“If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors to you. I say follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
– Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers

IMAG0266Why did I start an online literary journal? To follow my bliss, to engage more deeply in the community of writers, to give other writers a chance to follow their bliss and publish their work.

I found it interesting that soon after I started putting Terra Preta Review together, the Joseph Campbell Facebook page (which I highly recommend for anyone, not just fellow Sarah Lawrence alums) posted a couple of fantastic quotes from JC on following your bliss. Let’s not call it coincidence. Let’s just say it’s synchronicity.

“We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth …

The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy — not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call ‘following your bliss.'”
– Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers

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charcoal & bones

…Seems like a more fitting title than “nuts & bolts” which is essentially what I’ve been doing recently. We now have a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, our Submittable site, email addresses, and the bare bones of a website.

I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

Let the adventure begin.