There is a human tendency to turn even spirituality into an attempt to get what we want. For example, we may pray to God to help us avoid suffering. This represents a fundamental confusion between serving the desires of the ego and serving the divine. We get closer to the divine by accepting that suffering cannot be escaped, but must be embraced as part of life. “Following your bliss” is not a call to narcissism and getting what you want. It is pursuing the rapture that resides at the core of your suffering.

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl