What does bliss mean to you? This is a question that I’d never really considered before, but it’s one Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue, founders of the Rock Your Bliss Movement, always have in the forefront of their minds.
The duo’s 7 Weeks to Bliss helps others figure out their own answers through a program loosely based on the seven chakras, focusing on one each week. The first week—“root”—is all about getting grounded and finding your roots, and it lays the groundwork for the entire journey, complete with readings and songs about finding yourself, as well as exercises in defining your values.
“At Rock Your Bliss, we believe in values as a way to really know your truth, as a way to create direction, as a way to come back home to ourselves if we do get lost,” Carr, who is based in Denver, tells me.
In my life, I’ve done plenty of “value-building” exercises, so I figured the 7 Weeks to Bliss approach would be similar to exercises I’ve done before, but I was pleasantly surprised by how unique it felt. Defining my values using the program’s methods really did make me feel grounded and ready to tackle other aspects of myself.
When you sign up for 7 Weeks to Bliss, you receive a workbook, welcome email, one-month code for LaRue’s online yoga classes, weekly Rock Your Bliss videos in your inbox, access to a private Facebook group and weekly recorded phone calls with Carr and LaRue.
“We wanted to hit every person’s style of learning,” Carr says. “Visual video, written, phone, do you see how we’re touching all the different sensory pieces?”
All of these techniques come together to create a unique program that combines mental wellness with physical wellness. “It’s the mental sweat, if you will,” Carr jokes.
Carr and LaRue say they live the program alongside their participants, and Carr says that every time she does the program, she needs it just as much as anyone else.
Once you reach the end of the program, each week is supposed to come together to help you find your own bliss and rock it. Everyone’s definition of bliss will be different, and that is what this program is all about.
As for Carr? “Bliss to me right now is being alive,” she says with a smile. “And what being alive means is accepting my whole self, the light and the dark, and learning that acceptance is meeting myself in the present moment. So bliss is being alive. It’s not butterflies and unicorns all the time. It’s work, but it’s work I’m up for.”
The 7 Weeks to Bliss program is $299. Registration starts July 19 and the program begins Sept. 11.