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And The Year Has Just Begun


New Year’s weekend 2004 into 2005, I began a ritual that I want to


continue for the rest of this earthly incarnation…and maybe beyond.


It was an out- of- the ordinary weekend in many ways. A retreat at a


beautiful bay front home at the Jersey shore, attended by kindred



spirits who danced, sang, drummed, laughed, cooked and ate


together. Led by phenomenal Philly based performing artist and


teacher Ron Kravitz; it was a transformative time for me and I


daresay for the others there too.



At midnight, we went outside and howled at the moon overlooking


the bay. The weather was unusual for this part of the country too,


as on New Year’s Day, we did yoga on the beach in 70 degree


temps. After the practice, I took a solitary walk at water’s edge and



felt, as I occasionally do, a bit sorry for myself. I was facing


challenges and saw no way beyond them at that moment. In a


flash, I said to myself: “Snap out of it, woman! Let’s make a list of


all of the loving souls you have drawn into your life in 2004 and all



of the beyond- belief experiences you have had.”…and so I did.


With each name and experience and step, I felt lighter physically


and emotionally.




As the end of 2008 approached, I found myself once again


meandering into that practice. I figure I have met thousands of


people when I consider those I have interviewed for various


publications, those I have married, and their families and friends,



people with whom I have attended workshops and classes, and who


have participated in workshops I have taught. Imagine how many


people I have snuggled while facilitating Cuddle Party workshops


who have gone on to ‘spread the luv’ to others. That doesn’t even



take into consideration, people with whom I have made a heart


connection, because other friends have introduced us. I am


particularly grateful for those ‘matchmaking’ encounters. I also think


about the serendipitous, ‘cosmically coincidental’ meetings, when



people show up unexpectedly.



When I look at the list of experiences, I grin from ear to ear. I had


the blessing of living a 20 year old journalistic dream of interviewing



the Dalai Lama, began hosting my own internet radio show, traveled


to California to visit friends…was that ever an amazing adventure!

I had gone to San Francisco to attend a reunion of Cuddle Party


facilitators, those pj-clad wonders who teach people how to be


authentic and give and receive nurturing touch without condition.



Enjoyed time with my friend Jaz. Got to go to Cafe’ Gratitude,


indulging in raw food heaven, find a wild and wonderfully purple


cotton jacket at Goodwill, went to a costume party, steppin’ out in a


new black silk and lace boustierre (my first, but likely not my last),



skipped down the street holding hands with friends (hearing the


1960’s anthem written by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas


ringing in my ears: “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to


wear some flowers in your hair.” Corny, but true. I met the ‘spiritual



cowgirl’ red-ilicious Sera Beak who wrote The Red Book and was


inspired by this red-volutionary whose work is nothing short of


Divine sustenance. I did leave a piece of my heart in San





The last night in the city, before winging Eastward, I found myself in


a hot tub with friends (more like a cement pond with bubbling water)


surrounded by tall bamboo, overlooking the San Francisco Bay,


under a full moon. “Could life get much better than this?”, I mused



aloud to Reid Mihalko, ageless co-creator (along with Marcia


Baczynksi) of Cuddle Party. His broadly grinning response: “This is


your birthright, Babe! You get to have this.” He really does talk like







In 2010, I was honored to have my book in progress: The Bliss


Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The


Extraordinary make it into Round 2 of The Next Top Spiritual


Author Contest. I began this Bliss Blog in the Fall of this year



which is an ongoing delight.  I witnessed the passing of


my sweet mother as we shared the journey of the last


seven months of her life; again a great blessing.


I invite you to find a way to honor all that you have done last year



and all the wondrous people with whom you have crossed paths;


folks that you may not even have known existed at this time last


year. I encourage you to open your hearts to all the people you


have yet to meet who are waiting on the other side of the threshold



between last year and this one.


Wishing you a brand new year filled with everything your heart


desires, as you leave behind in the previous year, anything that no


longer serves.


How do you cross thresholds from one year to the next?

List the people you now know who weren’t even on your radar


screen when the year began.

What do you wish to leave behind?

What do you wish to attract?

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