Claiming the Bliss Station

Last week I wrote about Joseph Campbell’s thoughts on the essential role of the bliss station in a happy, productive life.

The bliss station is a special place where the artist (or any individual) can go to dream and work uninterrupted for a special time each day.

When I first wrote about the idea of a bliss station, I was working on the couch and dining room table of my apartment. After I wrote that article last week, I had a good hard look at my setup and decided that my work space simply was not adequate. I did not have space to sprawl out and leave stuff, and I did not have reliable hours of uninterrupted time.

So, I spent the better of this week claiming a real bliss station in a storage room on the ground floor of my building. I wish it had natural light, but it is fairly large and away from distraction, so I am pleased. The space is now mostly clear, and I spent the better part of the day resuming my activities.

There is still work to do to organize the junk in the storage room so that the whole room is more comfortable and functional, but now I have a couple work tables and few shelves in a fairly large, quiet space. I believe this is more of a true bliss station, and I am already feeling better about my promise for focusing, reflecting, and working. So, I think last week’s article has precipitated a positive change in my work setup.

This is the small work table I set up for writing, drawing, and typing.
I have a couple shelves for storing supplies and reference materials.
I have a dedicated table that I can use for painting, paper-crafts, and sculpting.
I picked up these doors/drawers/shelves at a used furniture store a couple months ago. My portfolios don’t really fit, but the storage is good enough for now to store my portfolios according to day of the week that I use them.
There is still a lot of junk in the room, but once I straighten it up and move most of the junk to the loft that is above this view, this should be a nice, quiet, productive bliss station.

Author: Darren Roesch

I am a retired American biomedical research scientist and professor.

2 thoughts on “Claiming the Bliss Station”

  1. I believe that having an organized space is so helpful to find our “blissful space,” which in actuality , is our mind. I like Joseph Campbell’s books/articles and will read this one. I understand what he’s saying, but my first thought when I read about a “blissful space” is that such a place is within us, not without. But finding/creating a space that allows us peace and solitude certainly helps us. So does meditation – in wonderful ways.

    1. I agree that the phrase “bliss station” is a little off, but I like his idea of finding a place and time to reflect. Campbell’s short little comment about a “bliss station” has received a lot of attention, but I think it was far from his most most profound thinking! He really helped me come to terms with my understanding of personal and societal conflict between religion (myth) and science. After reading a lot of his work, I feel like I have a full appreciation and understanding of the purpose, place, and usefulness of both myth and science.

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