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Eternity Dancing

  One of my favorite shows from the 1990’s is Northern Exposure.  The town of Cicily, Alaska is inhabited by quirky and delightful characters ranging from a New York City born and bred,  Columbia University educated doctor who received his schooling […]

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A Silken Heart

    A few years ago, I awoke from a rather strange and quite graphic dream in which I was still attending The New Seminary in NYC, studying to be an interfaith minister. In the waking world, I had already […]

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Visionary

  Yesterday I spent many hours cleaning, clearing, purging, shredding, stacking, sorting, filing, excercising (by hauling away junk) and exorcising gremlins from the past. There is a room in my house that has become a repository for memory; some treasured, others […]

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National Lazy Day

Need permission to be a couch spud, veg out, do nuthin’?  Here it is….August 10th is National Lazy Day. I saw it on the internet, so it must be true! “Lazy Day is your chance to goof off, and definitely […]

Once Begun

  “Don’t be afraid your life will end…be afraid that it will never begin.” ~Grace Hansen When we are born, we come into the world, curious about EVERYTHING. We experience life with senses ablaze, checking our surroundings out ceaselessly. That […]

Creative Intelligence

I remember seeing a question on line recently about creativity; wondering whether we are born creative or if it is something that can be learned and honed. I tend to think that it is a bit of both. Since we […]

Banking On It

    What used to be ‘Twilight Zone-esque’ experiences are now “of course”  (but not taken for granted) events. This day brought yet another. I was in line at the bank and a smiling woman approached me asking me and […]

In The Creative Flow

Yesterday, I immersed myself in cosmic color, awe and ahhh, song and soulfilled to overflowing dance and delight as I offered a training for professionals whose work in the world is with clients who have mental health diagnoses. The organization is called […]

Who’s Got Your Day?

Today at my job as a drug and alcohol counselor, I was facilitating a group of clients who have varying amounts of sober time and have been actively engaged in treatment to maintain it.  I asked the folks there about […]

Stranger Than Fiction

From the pages of ‘stranger than fiction, good enough to be true, wowie zowie, hold on to your hats’… I was delighted that my friend Jewelee Landis was in from South Florida with her two beautiful little girls, Sabrina and […]

Trip The Light

I love to dance. Ever since I could shuffle my feet, tap or wiggle my toes, music moved me. I grew up in a home in which my parents danced in the kitchen, which was one way that they showed playful […]

Awakener

What comes to mind when you see or hear the word ‘teacher’?  Likely an image of someone standing in front of a chalkboard if you are of my generation, or a whiteboard with a marker if you are under 20. […]

Multidimensional Multitasker

  “Next time someone asks what you “do” just shrug, grin & say: “Multidimensional Multitasker”. They’ll either slink away all weirded out or you’ll have one of the best conversations of your life. Guaranteed.”~CAW I love having quirkily creative friends […]

Inside Your Heart

As I am contemplating my message, inspired by the quote above, a random thought crossed my mind  that it reminds of the Capital One commercial which asks:  “What’s in your wallet?” A corollary is “What’s in your heart?” Imagine that at […]

My Cup Runneth Over

Was awakened at early o’clock this morning by the welcomed sound of rain. I could hear the parched grass and plants sighing in relief. Like many places in the country, the Philadelphia area has been a bit bereft of the wet […]

Patience….NOW

I want patience and I want it NOW!  If you are anything like me, there are times when things just aren’t happening quickly enough. Traffic, payment for services rendered, responses to emails and phone calls, my own accomplishments all seem […]

Getting Worked

  I had been familiar with a profoundly simple modality called The Work of Byron Katie for many years, having interviewed the woman with the gender neutral name, who  has indeed become a household name partly by virtue of her […]

Image-in

  My friend Lyn Stankavage Hicks offered this wisdom that jumped off the page at me first thing this morning, that beckoned to be shared and expounded upon. “Imagine – image in! The creative imagination is our highest tool! It […]

Stars

  You know that when a CD is dedicated to the child of the artists, then it is a double blessing, a true ‘labor of love’.  Stars is an offering to the world as well as to the angelic Tulsi […]

Love, Baby, Love

  Heard this version of Louis Armstrong’s classic of Wonderful World tonight.  There is a spoken piece in which ‘Satchmo’  is sharing his wisdom as an elder about what really matters.  His words “Love, baby, love…that’s the secret.”,  gave me truth-barometer […]

Gremlin Playground

  My friend Elizabeth Pfeiffer made an observation today that had me giving a knowing nod. “This is what your subconscious looks like when it’s running your “I’m not good enough” programs… What do you think? Can you take back […]

The First Step

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. “-Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the weekend, I spent time in the presence of people who collectively have been in my […]

The Destiny Discovery

What does the word ‘destiny’ mean to you? According to the online Free Dictionary:  des·ti·ny (dst-n) n. pl. des·ti·nies 1. The inevitable or necessary fate to which a particular person or thing is destined; one’s lot. 2. A predetermined course […]

Inhabiting My Days

Writing this entry at 4:35 a.m. on the morning of July 4th, 2012. It is Independence Day here in the U.S. In  ‘tired and wired’ mode and when sleep evades me, writing is a companion and soporific. My mind is […]

Ridiculously Amazing

On Sunday, my 25 year old son Adam told me he had a surprise for me on the passenger seat of his car. When I looked in, I discovered a t-shirt with the words Make Today Ridiculously Amazing embellishing it .  I […]

Water of Life

  Saw this quote this morning from Dov Baron and it spoke to an experience I had yesterday that carries over into today.   “Alchemy: You are an alchemist when you can take that which cursed you and make it […]

Your Future Self

  I was contemplating this concept last night while sitting around a lakeside campfire at the exquisite Grail Springs Retreat Center in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. I was invited to come up here  a few months ago as a presenter/vendor/participant and eagerly planted […]

Hugs For Health

I was raised in a family in which nurturing touch was everpresent. Besides my parents and younger sister, our extended family included grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as those who I consider ‘family of choice’. I can be […]

Restoring Faith In Humanity

I saw this photo of a monumentous event. At a Gay Pride parade in Chicago, a group of Christians bravely stood up with/for their Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters as they countered centuries of homophobia. Imagine the celebration that took place as those […]

Already There

A quote from one of my favorite authors: “Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?”-Richard Bach I am blessed to be sailing on the love-ship with a […]

The Other Side of Fear

Fear is a funny thing….both ha-ha funny and strange funny. It sneaks up on me in ways that I had never expected and in circumstances I had never considered. I have been able to laugh in its false face, once […]

Summer Solstice

  On a sweltering day here in Bucks County, PA, as I am sitting in air conditioned comfort, while my  Jeep is getting pampered (well, at least  serviced), an annual planetary phenom is taking place. Summer Solstice 2012 is bounding […]

Possibilitarian

Art by Kelly Rae Roberts.   “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”– Norman Vincent Peale I was raised […]

Relinquish

Since I claimed my identity as Bliss Mistress, friends have been sending me all kinds of quotes on bliss. When I inititially saw this, my thought was “That Deepak dude really knows his stuff.”  Like all of us, I imagine […]

Vulnerability

  Words are powerful. Tonight someone used a word to describe me that no one has ever used before and in my mind it was not complimentary, although to her, it might have been, or even neutral.  Although I don’t […]

The Joy Is In The Journey

Imagine you were taking a long road trip from PA to CA. You have packed your car, checked the tires, filled the windshield washer fluid tank, charged your cell phone, programmed the GPS (or checked out the map if you […]

Love And Reverence

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” ~Henry David Thoreau I found this exquisite image and the quote that was posted from a facebook page called Rivers In The Ocean and […]

The Back Door To The Heart

  Imagine entering a womb-like environment, in which you know you are free to explore the deep inner recesses of your heart and soul. Heart beating with a blend of anticipation and nervousness, being greeted by radiant beings, one who  you […]

Everything You Love

What do you love?  Such a simple question with such profound implications. Facebook friend Matt Kahn inspired that think link for me this evening. My list is long and steadily growing. It starts with: Family and friends who are my […]

Ray Bradbury

                                                                                                                 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)   “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it’s true-hard work pays off.  If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t […]

Dielarious Laughter

  I love words that aren’t found in any dictionary, but this one ‘dielarious’ and its derivative ‘dielarity’ certainly belong there. I stumbled upon these apt descriptives when reading the June 2012 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. The article entitled […]

One Soul, One Love, One Heart

Both gentle and direct, this latest book by John Welshons beckons the reader to explore the nature of all of their relationships, from those with children and friends, to romantic partners and God, to the woman or man in the […]

Happen To Life

  My ever inspirational friend Molly Nece (a.k.a. Molly Sunshine) offered this quote: “Get out and happen to life. Don’t let life happen to you! “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back […]

Crossing The Threshold

  “Everybody wants to rush through transition like it’s a bad root canal. But transition is a threshold. It’s a sacred life appointment—the crossing from one world to another. You are compelled to let go of fear and uncover uncanny […]

Questions For The Angels

  On my way home from the gym tonight, I was listening to David Dye on Live At The World Cafe interviewing Paul Simon about his most recent release called So Beautiful Or So What?  Paul’s interesting take was that […]

Take Five

  This Bliss Blog entry was inspired by radio host of Your Story Matters; Angela Schaefers who uses a wonderful tecnhique to handle life stuff happening. She says “I have taught myself and my adult daughters to ‘Take Five’, take […]

Holding Pain

  In learning to hold both our pain and our pleasure we can embrace the Bliss that is always available. – Dr. Jennifer Howard   Holding pleasure is always my first choice, as it is for most folks. Throughout my […]

Write It Out

                                                                                                                      “I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh This quote reached out and grabbed me by the heart when […]

Second Chance

  When I went to bed last night, I chose to program a question to be answered by the time my fingers touched the keyboard this morning. I didn’t have a theme for today’s Bliss Blog, so I asked the Muse […]

Shiny Happy People

  I was looking at my facebook page a short while ago and marveling at the beatifically beaming little faces as I beheld their beauty. Friends from all over the planet, brought together through the marvels of modern technology.  We […]

Reasonable Demands

  I grew up with parents who preached “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  Perhaps somewhat good guidance to prevent mean spirited communication, but I took it to heart in a rather co-dependent, self muzzling […]

Yo-ga Adrianne!

      I didn’t come up with the title for this entry…it came through my friend Robin Renee as a response to a question I had asked. The image you are looking at is the steps of the Philadelphia Museum […]

Creating Time

I laugh as I write this entry, since as much as I was delighted when this book arrived in my mail box, I had to set it aside for a bit, since I didn’t have time to read it!  SO, […]

While I’m Here

  Folk music speaks to me in a language that is universal and it encourages me to walk my talk. One of my favorite songs was penned by Phil Ochs, called When I’m Gone.  The voice of a generation, his […]

Butterflies Are Free

  Yesterday I had a table at a community event for the Grand Opening of Brad’s Raw Chips Factory. People were milling about, enjoying the gorgeous day, healthy food, each other’s company; laughing, smiling and hugging. For me, it was […]

The Gratitude Game

Although I am abundantly aware of an atty-tood of gratitude throughout my day, this morning I was invited into its welcoming presence by facebook friend Kim Summers who says she plays The Gratitude Game with her children while tucking them […]

Keep Me In Your Heart

  A few days I ago, I had an epiphany in a supermarket aisle as a display of Mothers’  Day cards caught my eye. Their vivid imagery, filled with colorful flowers, ribbons and bows reached out to me and a […]

Impermanence

Although I am not a practicing Buddhist, I have several friends who are and whose example serve as guides for me to live a life in harmony with love and compassion. One such friend is Greg Schultz (a nice Jewish boy who took […]

Love, Life And Laughter

Most Sunday mornings find me at one of my interfaith communities, called Circle of Miracles. If you have read The Bliss Blog for awhile, you know I speak about it often since it so nourishes my heart and soul. What […]

World Laughter Day

Imagine a healing force that is fat free, calorie free, cholesterol free, portable, ageless, timeless, one size fits all. It doesn’t require a prescription, but IS habit forming, even addictive. Would you want it for the rest of your life?  I […]

Two Faces of Bliss

A few weeks ago, I saw this photo of these two darlings and couldn’t help but smile at the juxtaposition of expression. The little girl actually reminds me of my friend Georgetta who views the world with heart and eyes […]

Free Flight

  This photo tickled me when it showed up in my message feed this week on Facebook,  for many reasons. One is that it quoted my friend and inpsiration, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He knows first hand the power […]

Global Love Day

I’m writing this entry on May 1st, which is the official Global Love Day, but the posting will carry over into May 2nd for the simple reason that I consider every day one in which love is to be honored, […]

Parking Mojo

  In my family, we have what we call “Uncle Jimmy parking spots”.  My mother’s brother Jim would always find the perfect spot wherever he would go. Over the years, I have found spaces right in front of where I […]

All In

  Tonight I had the exquisite joy of having dinner with my editor, Pamela Maliniak who I think of as a literary midwife. She takes a book from conception to birth and beyond. We met a year ago this past […]

Faith and Belief

  I was watching a brief clip of the interview that Oprah conducted with one of my favorite teachers/authors of  a subject near and dear to my heart:  “life, the Universe and everything.’. His birth name is Richard Alpert, but he […]

Name It And Claim It

Messages come to me from an impeccable Source at all hours of the day and night. This one emerged as I did, from peaceful sleep. I have been facing some major life choices lately and stepping into the spotlight with my […]

The Six Fix

There is a saying attributed to Albert Einstein:  “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”  It seems that this is the spark that percolated in the […]

Juicy Joy

From the first word to the last, Juicy Joy: 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gustsy Self is a tropical fruit smoothie treat penned by Florida based colorfully creative author, Lisa McCourt. She invites the reader to travel along with […]

Endless Possibilities

  My friend Jacinta, this high energy, enthusiastic, passionate about life sister social worker,  waxed poetic recently which made it irresistable to refrain from following up with a question.  “The possibilities are endless, I love life :)”, she offered. “Do […]

Easy To Be Hard

  This morning I was on the phone with my sister Jan, asking her about a pattern I noticed in both of our lives. We grew up in a home overflowing with love, support, fun, creativity, physical affection and nurturing. […]

FAITH

  I saw a question recently that asked what faith meant. For those of us raised in homes in which religion played a prominent role, as it did in my Jewish household, it called for an acceptance of what might […]

Zen Hands

  I wrote this entry on my facebook page recently and it must have resonated with folks, since many responded with support and encouragement.   “Confession time(:  Realizing more fully how much energy it takes to be ON so much […]

Sacred Artists

What does it mean to be an artist?  For some, the image of paint splattered hands and canvas comes to mind, hours spent holding a brush whose job it is to take ideas from the mind of the one in […]

Waiting On The Pizza

  A few years ago, I was having lunch with my friend Harmony. We were musing over a long time pattern in my life that goes something like this:  I set an intention, do a whole bunch of work, scramble […]

Sing Me Your Story

Being a voracious reader likely from birth, weaned on fairy tales, in a home where music wafted through the air,  the CD called Sing Me Your Story offered with glee by husband and wife childrens’  edu-tainment team Two Of A […]

Delicious Ambiguity

Saturday Night Live was a staple in my adolesence, debuting October 11, 1975. Its rowdy, clever, twisted brand of humor kept me awake into the wee hours for many a Saturday night into Sunday. One of my favorite Not Ready For Prime […]

Back On Track

  Facebook friend Jolene Setterfield shared an experience she had while traveling on a train in her home in London that gave me  the giggles, certain that I needed to write about it.  Just so’s you know….there really isn’t much […]

Finding My Freedom

  Friday night saw me seated at a long table in the suburban South Jersey home of my friends Lisa and Gamell. A white table cloth covered the new dining room table that was being used for the first time […]

Bunny Tails

  Growing up in a Jewish household, Easter was not a religious holiday, but rather, a cultural experience, since most of our neighbors were Christian. My parents welcomed opportunities for my sister Jan and me to immerse in the traditions […]

The Ten Plagues

  The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown this coming Friday April 6th and lasts until April 14th. During that period, families world wide will celebrate a time of freedom and renewal, of Spring cleaning both internally and externally. […]

Godspell

When Godspell debuted in  the 1970’s, the theme was ancient, but the production was of its time….with a colorful cast of hippie-esque singers and dancers in celebration around Jesus. Quite ‘Woodstock era’  in costume and make-up with the central character […]

Who Has Your Night/Day?

  Tonight I saw a message from a friend who spoke about a mini-disappointment and commented “This is so not my night.”  I jokingly responded “So, I want to know whose night it is and who has YOUR night?” As […]

Workin’ It

                                                                                                    I met Renaissance Woman Nan Cardella more than 10 years ago through mutual friends and was impressed by her eclectic blend of the mainstream and spiritual; they ways she moved through life, seemingly knowing that the Highest Good would prevail. […]

The Outer Reflects The Inner

  I found this quote by author and speaker Debbie Ford and it sparked a conversation in my head, into which I would like to invite you: “Look to the outer tasks that you want to accomplish this year and […]

Walking Each Other Home

“We’re all just walking each other home.”-Ram Dass On March 27, 1924 a child was born to Henrietta and Edward Hirsch. Her name was Selma Rose and in the midst of a large extended family, which included an adoring older […]

The Sexy Vegan

  Do cookbooks come any better than this?  Imagine a guide to healthy eating that would juice you up, slim you down, help save the eco-system AND enliven your sex life? The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food From An Ordinary Dude  just may […]

How High You Bounce

I am a ‘Tigger'; no doubt about it. Most people who know me would agree that I am bouncy and high energy (sometimes, I wonder if annoyingly so:)  and in possession of a sense of optimism that defies circumstances. I […]

Everything Possible

  Children are like little sponges who soak up the environmental essence that surrounds them.  Joyfully, if they are immersed in love and nurturing, they grow and thrive, their brilliant colors emerging from them. Sadly (and sometimes tragically), if they are […]

Spring Awakening

  The spring equinox – when the sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator– will occur at 1:14 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday March 20th…a few hours from now. Most humans (and certainly the one writing this entry) are fascinated with thresholds […]

May The Grace

  Music has the capacity to transcend borders, boundaries, religion and reason, touching places that words alone are unable to reach. That may sound strange coming from a wordsmith. Perhaps a better way to say it is that words blended […]

The Red Thread of Fate

  Tonight  I happened to tune into a new show, while pedaling away on the ellliptical at the gym. It is called Touch and stars Kiefer Sutherland as the widowed father of an 11 year boy who  is not verbal […]

The Price You Pay

  Each day when we awaken, we are faced with 1440 minutes in which to live; 24 hours x 60 minutes. We are given a choice about what to do with that time. We can squander it by complaining about […]

John The Beloved Apostle

                                                                                               The broadly grinning man with a knowing laugh, as if he gets the cosmic joke, stood in front of the room at Circle of Miracles,  filled with folks who were listening, fascinated as he wove stories about being an […]

Get Wet

  Sitting in my favorite office away from home in Doylestown, PA called The Zen Den, sipping a cup of soy chai served in a terra cotta colored mug….breathing in the sweet aroma. Whenever I go there, I always run […]

Light Seeds

                                                                                              I met this delightful sprite of a woman at Circle Of Miracles a month or so ago, when she accompanied her friend John Davis who came to our community as a speaker. I was moved by the passion and […]

Play In The Possibility

                                                  I read this post by Facebook friend Marianne St. Clair and the ideas tickled me. “What are you wanting to create in your life? A new career or job?  Then today Play IN the Possibility of you already having it. […]

Half The Sky

I remember when I was in college reading the words “Women hold up half the sky.” What that meant to this budding feminist who marched for the ERA (which got defeated in part, because of a silly notion that it […]

Greener Grass

I saw this quote this morning and knew it beckoned to be shared. “When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.”  – Cecil Selig How […]

Everyday Meditation

Meditation means something different to each person who engages in it. For some, it is a brief reprieve from the buzzy-busy business of life, for others a disciplined spiritual practice. In this easy to absorb, thorough guidebook, called Everyday Meditation: 100 Daily Meditations […]

The Divine Arsonist

  If I didn’t know better, I would swear that three of my favorite authors: Dan Millman, Richard Bach and Dorothy Bryant had collaborated on the newly released novel entitled The Divine Arsonist. In the style of Way of the Peaceful […]

Monkey Mind Meditation

When I first saw this cartoon, I laughed with knowing awareness, since it is how I and many who meditate, find the practice to go. The truth is, meditation is ‘not what you think’. My initial foray into that realm […]

Leaping Into Life

  As I am writing this, it is still officially Leap Day…that anomaly in the calendar that occurs once every four years, an ‘extra day’ to balance out the year. It hadn’t occured to me until tonight that many people […]

When Two Or More Are Gathered

  Cynthia Segal  (another Facebook friend) was describing to someone the way to create a certain emoticon to go along with postings.  Simply by typing the < symbol followed by the number 3 side by side, it becomes a lovely heart. Had […]

Gratitude As A Way of Life

                                                                                        In a recent article written by Melinda Beck in The Wall Street Journal, she shared:  “A growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional and physical well-being.  Adults who frequently feel grateful have […]

What Wisdom Dictates

  A few years ago, through the phenom of Facebook, numerous high school classmates re-entered my life. I attended Willingboro High School in the South Jersey suburb of Willingboro which was one of the original Levittown communities (the others are […]

Beliefs=Results

Since the website for which I joyfully write is called Beliefnet, it occurred to me wto write about the idea of beliefs shaping our reality. According to the Free Dictionary by Farlex,  a belief is : 1. The mental act, […]

The Quality of Our Thoughts

  This morning at dark o’ clock; 4-something, I woke with the message from the Divine  that I need to be in charge of the content and quality of my thoughts in order to see the highest yield. Nothing new in […]

I Yam What I Yam

  A few days ago, my 24 year old son asked me a question that had me smiling broadly. “Do you think Grandpop would have made a good Popeye?”  He had been watching the Robin Williams movie and in his mind, […]

Comfort Zone

  What is your comfort zone? Is it the area that is only at arm’s length or does it stretch waaaayyyy beyond that? For so many, it is only as far as they can see with their ocular senses. For […]

Color Outside the Lines

  Have you ever felt like a crayon that didn’t quite fit in to the Crayola box, no matter how much you wanted to? Your unique color and flavor seemed weird instead. As a child  with glasses, asthma and foot issues […]

Account-ability

As I am writing this entry, immersed in what I excel (words) my BFF Barb who came into my life when we were 14 and sitting on a bench at a swim meet in our hometown of Willingboro, NJ, is […]

The Fabric of Existence

  “The very fabric of existence is love.”-Jacob Nordby As I read these syllables written by a fellow word-smith, it occurred to me that we weave new threads each moment in the company of kindred spirits at a great big quilting bee […]

Scarenerio

                                                                                          My friend Maureen Finney posted this message on Facedbook today and it jumped out at me and said “BOO!” and then giggled mischievously. “When I scare myself, which I tend to do from time to time, I ask myself […]

Love With Abandon

Every year for Valentines’  Day, I have written a poem for friends to honor our heart to heart connection. In 2002, I penned something called What I’ve Learned About Love and it included lines that spoke of  my own journey.  This […]

Receivability

When we are born, we are innocent infants, not aware of what awaits us in the next  decades of our lives. Perhaps we come in with a ‘soul contract’…the jury is still out on that in some people’s minds, although […]

What Your Soul Sings

Woke up a few days ago to this song that I had never heard before. It echoed with the thoughts that I most needed to hear at the moment (of course, since I sense that the Universe always provides what […]

Time Enough

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled […]

Transmutation

If you are reading this, then chances are you have lived through numerous changes that got you to this point, since change; paradoxically, is the only constant in each lifetime. We may fight it mightily, but there it is. The […]

Doing What It Takes

  This image jumped out at me (no pun intended:) this morning and I knew it was calling on me to write about the concept. It showed up right after I had finished a conversation with a friend about what […]

Bringing Out The Best

  In my work as a therapist, I have been both gratified with the healing work couples are willing to do when letting love lead the session and frustrated and disheartened at times when there is so much animosity swirling […]

Groundhog Day

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a particular ritual that heralds the beginning of February and a creature that is reputed to be a prognosticator of the coming of Spring in the depths of Winter. Punxutawny Phil, so called […]

Where You Look

  Singer songwriters are my heroes. They take thought and inspiration and turn them into magic moments. As a writer and poet, I am fascinated with the process they go through, but have not yet immersed myself in the songwriting […]

The Real You

  A few years ago, I attended a workshop during which the facilitator shared about her first spiritual experience at age 3 when she peered into a mirror and inquired “Who’s in there?”  It got me to considering who it is […]

Neverending Love

                                                                                                                               “Relationships never end, because they’re of the mind; only bodies can separate. When you’re missing someone, know it just means that on a soul level they’ve come to visit.”-Marianne Williamson At 53 years  of age, I would venture a […]

Exclamation!

                                                                        “Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation…… ! “ ~Life’s Little Instructions My friend Tracy Lahr Glassey posted this quote on her Facebook page this morning and it got me to pondering how often throughout my life I […]

Thriving Artist

  Do you consider yourself an artist?  Even though I don’t paint, sculpt, draw, create, perform or record music, weave fabric or take photographs, I still  fancy myself part of that fold. Some have told me that I paint word pictures […]

Smart and Curious

On my way home from work recently, I stopped at a local supermarket to pick up a few items. I am a consummate people watcher who enjoys observing interactions between folks. I noticed a mother and her adorable 4 or […]

Soul Gardeners

  “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust When I look at my life, the messy and marvelous, the mundane muddy muck, the magical […]

Enough!

  I was just speaking with my friend Christine Baeza who has been in the fashion and promotion industry for 23 years. She is a powerhouse in her own right and the wind beneath the wings for so many people. […]

My Parents’ Daughter

  This morning while sitting in the Jeep in the bank drive through, I glanced over, smiled at the teller and complimented her on her earrings. She grinned back and thanked me and told me that she had gotten them […]

Abundant Love

If I could offer you the most precious gifts imaginable, they would be: The ability to adore the person in the mirror A chance to make a difference in someone’s life Fulfillment of your dearest wish Satisfaction of a job […]

Living Fully: Finding Joy In Every Breath

The cover exuded a sense of serenity, as it welcomed me inside and the title carried me on the breath of  peace; much needed for this recovering Type A, go-getter. As I immersed myself in its pages, I found myself […]

Dress It Up, Mess It Up, Bless It Up

  Heard a stunningly simplistic bit of wisdom on Sunday morning, offered by Rev. Kenneth White who was speaking at Circle of Miracles. An interfaith minister, AIDS Activist/ Educator and playwrite (I will be interviewing Kenny shortly and you will learn more […]

Divine Lunacy

  As I am writing this entry, I am surrounded by sonic sweetness, offered up by a group of musicians singing in a language that is not native to them or their country of origin, but is clearly one that […]

Everyday Miracles

  My friend Kayla Finlay is a walking, talking miracle. Having healed from cancer and lost children to miscarriage and watching another  of her five children face challenges with a condition called Gardner Syndrome, which is a form of cancer, […]

Like A Handprint On My Heart

  Although I have never seen the musical Wicked (it’s on my bucket list), one song in particular echoes so clearly with the ways that I feel about the people who have touched my life in the past half century. […]

Kindness Boomerang

  This morning I saw a beautiful video that called out to be shared as powerfully as the need to do what is portrayed here. Imagine a day in which you see opportunities to do a good turn and could step […]

Angels In Our Midst

                                     When you hear the word ‘angel’, what image comes to mind?  Likely that of a glowing, winged being, adrift on a cloud, playing a heavenly harp or singing in a celestial choir. Not quite ‘real’, nebulous, the stuff of […]

With Abandon

  Somewhere in the past ten years, I wrote a manifesto of sorts, called What I Learned About Love, as a Valentine’s Day gift to my friends. A few of the items were these: “Love without limits begins with self […]

From Oy-full to Joyful

  Ever have a time in your life when it felt like the deck was stacked against you, the winds of change were blowing you hither and yon, and you were stuck in second gear and revving your engine? If […]

Wonderful

  Music feeds my soul, as I have said here many times. It’s a delicious combination of rhythm and rhyme, harmony and lyrics that reach inner nooks and crannies and send my soul soaring. One of the best places to listen […]

Wake Up Call

  Each morning before lifting my head from the pillow and crawling out from beneath cozy covers, these words run through my mind: “Modeh Ani Lefanecha Melech Chai Vekayam Shehechezarta Be Nishmati Bechemla; Rabba Emunatecha. I offer thanks to You, […]

All Eyes On You

  On my way into work on a chilly late December morning, I stopped at Wawa for my caffeine of choice, a steamy cup of chai. As I was walking out the door, my eyes beheld an even sweeter treat. […]

New Years Revolution

  As the clocked turned from 11:59, to 12:00, people all over the planet acknowledged a turning in their lives. Although I believe that time is a mental construct, I too honor transitional periods.  This year, in particular, is infused […]

Healing Hearts of Nature

What if you had at the ready,  a portable tool to assist you in focusing on what it is that you desire to draw into your life that was created with love and infused with that essence? Such is The […]

Weaving A Pattern

                                                                                                                “If you knew how many hearts are healed and how many lives were transformed throughout the patterns created in every choice, you’d follow your heart in every breath and bless the world wherever you go.”-Matt Kahn I saw this […]

Heart-Space

  Christmas morning found me at one of my interfaith communities where I share spiritual sustenance. It is called Circle of Miracles, and for very good reason…miracles flow through the place, like sweet aroma of lavendar on a breeze, they reverberate […]

Love Makes A Family

  Last week, my friends Jenny and David posted this beautiful video on my  Facebook page and I knew I had to write about it for the Bliss Blog. Families come in all configurations. I was raised by two heterosexual […]

Live From The Heart

With a voice that is reminscent of early Jim Morrison, chiropractor turned musician, ( or is it musician turned chiropractor?), Flagstaff, Arizona based David Milgram offers music-medicine in the form of his debut CD Live From The Heart. I initially […]

Feathers On The Breath of God

  “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise […]

Unseen Hands

My friend Annabella Wood (a.k.a. Truck Driving Mama)  is a woman of faith, pure and simple. She is also a consummate story teller which comes in handy, since she is  a professional singer-songwriter and recording artist.  Annabella had a 30 year […]

Love, Light And Latkes

  On Tuesday night as the sun sets and darkness descends, Jews world-wide will call in the light in the form of kindling two candles on a nine limbed candelabrum called a menorah. On the first night, one candle, which is called the […]

The Birth of the Divine Child

  The Muse often gifts me with word pictures that come through fully formed and downloaded into my miracle mind. This was one such offering that ‘wrote me’ 7 years ago. I pull it out this time of year and […]

The Biggest Tip

  With permission, I am re-printing a story written by my friend Teri Goggin-Roberts. I heard it this morning at services held at Circle of Miracles, which is an interfaith community in Doylestown, PA. It is my spiritual refuel for […]

On Butterfly Wings

        My friends Deva and Stan Troy host an annual Solstice gathering in their home, to honor the turning of the seasons and the return of the Light. It is attended by kindred spirits from their various […]

My Cup Runneth Over

  This morning, on the way into work, I stopped to get a cup of chai. I carried it up to the counter to pay for it and had the precognitive  experience of seeing myself doing exactly what I was […]

The Present of Presence

  A few days ago, a friend posted a question on Facebook asking why so many people seemed to be unhappy rather than have the ‘Christmas spirit’ or words to that effect and asked what Jesus would have to say […]

Creative Crisis Care

  The topic of suicide prevention is not what one would consider as befitting a column on bliss, but Phil Garber, Janet Berkowitz and Gary Schoenberg have seen the potentially life saving outcome of their work. That to them, is […]

The Seeds We Sow

Yesterday I received a call from a dear friend who has been in my life likely since the late 80’s-early 90’s. He is an insightful, intuitive man with a deep spiritual connection into which he taps daily. The call’s purpose […]

Whatya Know?

  There’s knowing, and then there’s knowing. To find your way in the wild new world you have to, you know, know. —Martha Beck, Finding Your Way In A Wild New World   I received this clever email message this […]

Common Beauty

When you open your eyes each morning, what is the first thing you see? If you wake up next to another person, do you behold them with eyes of love or derision? If an animal companion is nestled beside you, […]

Orange Juice

This morning, as I was cooking breakfast…oatmeal pancakes with bananas, I had a thought that after a day spent in flannel pj’s under the covers, napping and nursing a cold, I felt like I was on the other side of […]

Holiday Mash-up

In the past few days, I have been observing and taking part in conversations on Facebook about the greetings we use during this holiday season. Some people were taking offense at the idea of a generic “Happy Holiday” salutation, indicating […]

Light of Seven Mornings

After years of penning and performing her divinely inspired songs for her family and friends,  as well as at local concert venues in the Philadelphia area, Deva Troy has expanded her musical reach and now offers it as a gift […]

Time And A Sense of Wonder

  What would you do if you had “time and a sense of wonder?” That is a question that beckons to me today, after watching this magnificent TED Talk offered by film-maker Louie Schawartzberg. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoi When I consider the 24 […]

Wiggly Lines

Read these lines this morning, offered by a Facebook friend named Louise Carter that gave me a chuckle: “Hmm, most interesting school run this morning! Dropped my youngest son at school and then walked home with my eldest Kal who […]

Attention

Because I was paying attention, this message came through to me through sleepy eyes this morning. A Facebook friend named Don Robertson was the messenger who delivered it to my heart. “Attention is a tangible measure of love. Whatever receives […]

Musitarian

I met Barry Goldstein at what for me was a paradigm changing event called Celebrate Your Life. His music reached out to me, as did his welcoming smile and open heart. I attended a morning workshop that had us chanting […]

Message Music

  Music is soul nourishing and the month of November offers a reminder that there is a huge buffet of  delicious, yummy, delectable, fat, calorie and cholesterol free  musical options. It is deemed  Positive Music Month by an organization call  […]

Saying Kaddish

  In two days, (11/26/11)  I will honor the first anniversary of my mom’s passing. Thanksgiving 2010 marked the last time I heard my mother’s voice, but not the last time I told her I loved her and would into […]

Gratitude Overflow

  One of my favorite activities is something that brings so much joy and juiciness that I do it all throughout the day. It enlivens and energizes me when I feel like I am running a quart low. It puts […]

Honoring JFK

  Last night I had a powerful and unexpected dream, involving the 35th President of the United States; JFK. In all my 53 years on the planet, I don’t recall ever having had this man enter my sleeping dream-scape. He […]

Sweet Surrender

There are times when it seems that the Universe is testing us to see if we are willing to practice what we preach. The past 24 hours seems to be a reflection of that concept. I began writing this blog […]

Beautiful People

  As a child of the 60’s I was weaned on the music of songbird Melanie Safka. She of the raven haired, raspy voiced visage who invited the ‘world to sing’, also honored the people who make the world a […]

What If?

  Two of the most majestic words in the English language that can be used to create or destroy are ‘what if?’  We say them or at least, think them, over and over throughout our day. Unfortunately they are often self […]

The Great Peace March

                                                                                    November 15th was the 25th anniversary of an event that shifted the consciousness of the planet. Dubbed The Great Peace March, it began with a hardy and heart-y band of intrepid folks whose intention was to promote nuclear […]

Meditation: The Complete Guide

  Hard to imagine one book so content rich about such a subject as vast as meditation, but nearly lifelong meditator, professor and practicing Quaker Patricia Monaghan and ecologist,  author and yoga instructor who has studied world religions Eleanor G. Viereck […]

Labyrinth

Like many spiritual practitioners, I chose to engage in a ritual to honor the numerologically auspicious date of 11/11/11 .  As timing would have it, I happened to be in Sedona, Arizona on Friday. In the midst of the Red Rocks vortices, […]

Spice For Living

While I was visiting my friend Dianne in Sedona, we perused neighborhood yard sales on 11/11/11/, since she was searching for fireplace tools.  We were guided by signs and arrows pointing the way to places that might have had what […]

Smiling at God

  Every day, I open myself to divine guidance and yesterday, mine came in the form of a message from my friend Cass Forkin who asked if while I was in Sedona, I would pick up a bracelet of deep […]

Why I Write

In the wee hours of the morning, I read this facebook posting by sex educator and author, Pamela Madsen. It reached a place deep within the recesses of my mind and echoed with a great big YES! “This is why […]

Unrealistic Dreams

    Author and speaker Tama Kieves, Awakening Artist and author of  THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All!) shared a powerful set of ideas in a […]

Snow In Sedona

    Awoke this morning and gazed out the window to an unexpected scene. Not in  my own bed (that was expected), as I am in Arizona for the first time;  at the home of my friend Dianne Evans who […]

Finding New Pathways

    Although the dynamic Petey Silviera has all what I call those ‘alphabet soup letters’ after her name that indicate she has academic credentials and years of formal study under her belt, it is her compassion and dedication to […]

Restoring Life’s Missings Pieces

    There comes a time when all of the pieces literally fall into place and our past comes face to face with our here and now, present day reality. Our woundings and our wonder become one. Such is one of the premises […]

Empowered

                                                                       As I write these words, I am the grateful recipient of something I often take for granted and of  which many others in my area are still experiencing the absence…electrical power. A freak Halloween weekend snowstorm here on […]

What Is Death? Messages From The Heart

  Such an interesting juxtaposition of a word that most people fear, with the rainbow colored images that are displayed on the cover of the latest offering of Renaissance Woman (former Miss World USA and human rights activist) Lexie Brockway […]

Something Wonderful

  What if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement above was a given?  How would your  day begin and end and what would be sandwiched in between those two slices of fragrant, raisin flecked cinnamon […]

Positive Attitude Month

  Did you know that October is Positive Attitude Month?  I just found out and it lit a smile on my otherwise sleepy face this morning. As I look out my window, I see a grey sky and have the […]

What A Difference A Year Makes

                                                                                           Today I was musing with my friend Cindy, that a year ago marks the last time I saw my mother prior to her passing on November 26, 2010.  Halloween weekend had me heading southward to sunny South Florida […]

Entering Eldering

                              Over the weekend, I found myself sitting in a circle of friends; many that I have known for years and one I was just meeting for the first time. What we had in common was a love of […]

Your Passion Chooses You

  Last night while I was on the elliptical at the gym,  my attention was drawn to one of the ‘multi-plex’ tv screens splashed out before me. The words “your passion chooses you’”  issued forth. An enthusiastic YES!  rolled through me, […]

Global Oneness Day

  Imagine a world in which unity overcomes separation, in which diversity is celebrated instead of feared, in which the concept of spirituality serves to heal and not harm. And then join with others world wide to take a stand […]

Mirror of Life: Kayla Finlay

      I have known of Kayla Finlay for many years and our paths intersected, weaving in and out of those ‘overlapping soul circles’ that I so love to celebrate.  She is a dynamo with a gentle spirit and […]

Are You Happy?

  What does happiness mean to you?  In my mind and heart, it is a sense of contentment even when ‘all’s ‘ not feeling right in the world. It’s about finding my way through the maze of emotions that sometimes […]

Gratitude Fest

                                                                                                              Dipping back into the well of wisdom courtesy of the wondrous word wrangler, Rob Breszny, author of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings  “Nothing primes your ecstatic […]

Spiritual-i-tease

                                                                                                  As a communicator, I am frequently fascinated with messages that are transmitted in a unique and colorful manner. One such way is on apparel, so that people becoming walking billboards for their beliefs.  Christina Rideout and Noelle Meade decided […]

Birthday Blissings

My 53rd birthday is now almost ‘one for the books’ and I am reeling in amazement at how many people have shared my day with me, even if we had never met face to face. It began at around 3 […]

The Ride Of A Lifetime

                                                                                                                                                                                               What if life was like an amusement park, with rides that are fast paced and thrilling and others that are easy going and flowing?  And imagine that you have unlimited passes to go on any of […]

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