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Frank Gjata Frank Gjata armor penetrator. tattoo trendsetter. bliss follower.

Frank Gjata is a writer, coach, and bliss activist dedicated to creating fun, unique, and effective tools that guide people toward a world of bliss. [www.blississippi.com]

Living my personal bliss is my main focus these days. It’s not only blissful, but practical. This is when I feel most alive, connected and grateful. My bliss really just comes from being my true self, full-time. Still working on the “full-time” part.

I schedule in what I call the ingredients for my bliss day. I look at what brings me the most bliss for the buck. I invite others to do the same…to really look at what brings them the most joy and to schedule those things into their day as they would any other essentials, like brushing their teeth. I feel blessed because my “work” is very much part of my bliss day. In fact, if I notice I need a bliss boost, I actually look to schedule in more clients!

Connecting is also a big part of my bliss. Whether it’s connecting to myself, others or spirit, it’s really all the same. I call it the “connection three-fer”. When I connect to one, I connect to all. It’s quite a bargain!

I’ve also found the simple act of acknowledgment to very powerful. When we acknowledge whatever we’re feeling in the moment (no matter what it is “good” or “bad”), we’re actually practicing unconditional love and acceptance. Isn’t that what we all want?

One of the simplest ways I believe I impact others is by expressing my enthusiasm for whatever it is they’re feeling in the moment. This is often a very foreign experience for most…to actually hear enthusiasm about something they’ve perhaps been hiding their entire lives or have felt shame about.

Why am I enthusiastic? Because what they’re voicing is their true, authentic experience. What could be better than that? It would actually be insane to voice or believe anything other. Plus, this exercise is pretty much guaranteed to invoke laughter. You can imagine a person who was just previously terrified to even acknowledge their truth to themselves, a few minutes later, is expressing it out loud with full acceptance and sheer enthusiasm. The truth really does set us free.

I also remind people to have compassion for themselves. Facing old wounds can feel terrifying, even like death. Because often, at the onset of those wounds, it actually felt like death. So we put on armor to stay safe. Of course, now the paradox is that it’s our armor that’s causing our deepest wounds. Not to mention just how cumbersome it is to walk around in that heavy armor all the time!

True safety comes from dropping our armor. True strength comes from exposing our vulnerabilities. And to truly become “somebody” in this world, we must truly be ourselves.

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