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The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog

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Rev. Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a Renaissance Woman and Bliss Mistress who delights in inviting people to live rich, full, juicy lives. Edie is an internationally recognized, sought after, colorfully creative journalist, interviewer and author, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, offering uniquely designed spiritual rituals. In addition, she is a PR Goddess, promoting events and transformational teachers, healers, writers and artists. She speaks on the subjects of wellness, spirituality, sexuality, creativity, time management, recovery, body image, mindfulness, self esteem, stress management, re-creating yourself, caring for the caregiver, loss and grief. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV. Her first best selling book entitled The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into The Extraordinary is now available for your reading pleasure, and she is offering a workshop for people who want to re-create their lives, based on those concepts. A 20 year old journalistic vision came to pass in July of 2008 when she interviewed His Holiness The Dalai Lama. It was a potent reminder to never, ever, ever give up on our dreams.


Over the years, Edie has written for mainstream and transformational publications. She has interviewed hundred of notables in the transformational fields, including Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, Leonard Peltier, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Beckwith, Jonathan Goldman, Gregg Braden, Neale Donald Walsch, Mary Manin Morrissey, Dan Millman, Alan Cohen, Ram Dass, Jack Canfield, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Patch Adams, Ben and Jerry, Donna DeLory, James Twyman, Elizabeth Lesser, Michael Franti and Jean Houston.

Edie is the host of the Blog Talk Radio show called It's All About Relationships each Thursday night from 8-9 pm on Vivid Life Radio www.vividlife.me.

Her website is www.liveinjoy.org


Edie’s Book: The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary is a distillation of more than 50 years of life experiences through the heart, mind and eyes of the author. The chapters weave their way through joys and challenges, bringing with them 'portable life skills' that assist the reader in re-creating their lives magnificently. Laughter and tears are both welcome as the pages are turned and readers recognize themselves in the 'word pictures' that are painted. The book has a “Chicken Soup For The Soul” flavor to it. Inquiry questions follow each chapter to invite the reader to explore more deeply.

Enough

  Today, my friend Kristin Pedemonti, who is known as a storyteller,  writer and  up-lifter  of spirits, and who, like me, creates FREE Hugs events, dyes her hair vibrant colors (hers is pink and mine is purple) was showing off […]

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Free Fall or Free Flight?

“It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways of doing things, but it’s that place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes. There’s nothing to hold on to.” […]

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Bending Over Backward or Standing Your Ground?

Many years ago when I was married, my husband would describe me as “an emotional contortionist who would bend over backward to please people.” Not sure how he came up with that, but, to this day, I still think of […]

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When Fear Comes Calling

A come clean here. This morning, as I was preparing for a radio interview on which I was on the guest side of the microphone, I was slammed with overwhelming fears, feels and tears. The title of the segment on […]

Hello, My Name is Doris: Movie Review

I like Sally Field….I really, really like her as a staple in my childhood when I grew up watching Gidget and The Flying Nun. Today, worlds apart from the beach setting of the first show and the Puerto Rican convent in which […]

Getting To The Back Row

In conversation recently with a new friend named Ingrid Guthrie, we were musing about an interesting phenomenon. I think of it as the checkers metaphor. You open up the box and take out the folded board and place it between […]

Playing With The Muse

  The Muse has been my long time companion, play buddy, inspiration and at times persistent lover. This Spirit of Creativity has kept me company for as long as I can recall, even as far back as childhood when It […]

Last Night I Said Kaddish For My Father

  I said Kaddish for my father last night as today honors the 8th anniversary of his passing. Hard to imagine that he has been off the planet that long. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was […]

What Can You Be Counted On To Do?

One value that I hold dear in any relationship, whether it is family, friendship, romantic or business, is in this question, ‘what can I be counted on to do?’ Too often, relationships are lopsided and disjointed, in part because we […]

There’s Not A Spot Where God Is Not

  Easter Sunday at Circle of Miracles is not much like that of other faith communities that celebrate the Resurrection. I spoke there last year; asking “What’s  a nice Jewish girl doing speaking at an Easter Sunday service?”  I explained that […]

Don’t Push On the Boo Boo

This morning as I was speaking with my sister on the phone, she shared a startling bit of wisdom that she hadn’t realized at the time was so brilliant. A heart attack survivor twice over, she has had several cardiac […]

Foot Washing

Today is considered a holy day in the Christian faith. Occurring the Thursday prior to Easter, it commemorates the New Testament telling of the day that Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. According to Wikipedia: Maundy (from Latin mandatum […]

The Water of Life

Today is World Water Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations. According to their website, “World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to […]

International Happiness Day

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions”.-His Holiness the Dalai Lama Today is International Happiness Day, which is set aside with the intention of making the planet a happier place to live, on which kindness […]

Convenience Store Love

On my way to the gym, after seeing a mid afternoon therapy client, I stopped at Wawa (a convenience store like 7-11) in the Philly suburb of Warminster, Pennsylvania to get a protein bar to boost my flagging energy and blood […]

The Impermanence of Ink

This morning, I am gazing at the skin on the inside of my left forearm and shoulder that are embellished with beautiful designs placed there lovingly by a new friend named Jennie Walsh. Jennie is a skilled artist using the substance called henna. The […]

Sara Still Smiles

      Smiling the morning after what I would like to think of as an annual foray into fun and service combined. I spent a few hours yesterday at the Philadelphia Flower Show with a group of dedicated volunteers who are […]

In Full Blown Life Mode

In full blown life mode today. Honoring the whirl of the world. Births, deaths, celebrations, chaos, pain and pleasure. Between them we dance. Creative ideas swirling about; brain too cluttered at the moment to make sense of them. Taking time […]

From A Poor Me Attitude To A Place of Gratitude

Some days it is so easy to kvetch (Yiddish for complain) and whine and moan about all of the things that aren’t unfolding as we would have them do. People don’t always cooperate in a manner that we think they […]

Because They Are Them

“We have to learn to love people even if they are not giving you what you want… and then not take it personally. If you feel hurt, you have to recognize that they are not hurting you because you are […]

The Cake Batter of Loss and Grief

I have been in conversation lately with friends who are grieving losses of all kinds. Some are with beloved humans who have passed or have left the relationship and others adored animals; one a mama goat named Goatita. The essence is […]

Open Heart Healing

As February wanes away, I woke up to a lovely surprise this morning. A segment for which I was interviewed, on the Philadelphia affiliate of NBC 10 aired. The focus was Heart Month; a time to shine the light on educating […]

Until You Dare

Some songs grab a hold of me and don’t easily let go. This morning I was listening to my favorite Philadelphia based radio station WXPN and heard veteran DJ Helen Leicht interview Eric Bazilian who is the front man for The […]

FND PAX

On my way home from my chiropractic appointment with my friend Darin Mazepa, from whose office I leave always feeling like I received a spiritual tune up along with an entrainment,  I was listening to the song by Lake Street […]

Letting Love Lead

Love is a lot like dancing-you just surrender to the music. -Mary Oliver This line grabbed me by the hand and beckoned me onto the dance floor. The times when I have most enjoyed cavorting have been when I have […]

Everyone Is On Loan To Us

In the dark days of late Fall into early Winter of 1998, I lived between worlds. Mostly, I walked, slept, eat, drank, cried and prayed in and around the ICU at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and on occasion […]

Surrender Arms

Writing prompts sometimes arrive unbidden. Today’s inspiration showed up while I was on the table of my friend and chiropractor, Darin Mazepa. He is a a practitioner of a modality called Network Chiropractic. While I was lying face down, he asked […]

A Lunar Legacy

I discovered this morning that a man whose life touched countless others, not merely by virtue of being shot up into outer space in Apollo 14 and land on the moon, but even more importantly, became an explorer of inner […]

96% Trusting

Lately, my life has resembled a roller coaster ride that has had me gripping the safety bar with eyes closed as I had a few years ago when I was on the legendary California Scream in Anaheim, during twists and […]

The Trigger Is The Treasure

“The moment we have an expectation or require anything to make us feel whole and free we have committed it and ourselves to a form of bondage; and in our desire for freedom and liberation we have become its slave.”-Erica […]

Masterpiece and Work in Progress

When you think of the word ‘masterpiece,’ what comes to mind?  Likely a stroll through a museum or art gallery filled with richly hued paintings created by legendary artists such as Renoir and Matisse and marble sculpture carved by Michelangelo. […]

Being Essential

Snuggled down under covers while white stuff wafts down and sleet taps on my roof. Wind gusts awakened me at 3:33 this morning and blessedly, I was able to go back to sleep and immerse in dreams. I rolled over […]

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

I have long been fascinated with the concept of reincarnation since reading the book The Search For Bridey Murphy, written by Morey Bernstein. It tells the story of a woman in the 1950’s, who, under hypnosis is regressed back to […]

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

I have long been fascinated with the concept of reincarnation since reading the book The Search For Bridey Murphy, written by Morey Bernstein. It tells the story of a woman in the 1950’s, who, under hypnosis is regressed back to […]

You Worry Too Much

“Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, […]

Detaching With Love

The people in my life with whom I feel close kinship have a few things in common. They are loving, but also demonstrative of that emotion. They walk the talk in most ways. They understand that love is a verb; […]

After Ashram

I am nestled in my bed as I am writing these words. Thousands of miles and seemingly worlds away from the peace-drenched place in which I spent the past five days. Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas drew me there […]

Ashram-Day One

A few weeks ago I received an email announcing a workshop that was being held at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau in the Bahamas.  Taught by Joan Borysenko, it is called Writing Down the Light and the focus is […]

Choosing My Religion

A few days ago, I was sitting across a cafeteria table from a young man I mentor. Not sure how the conversation arose on the topic of spirituality, but it wasn’t a surprise, since no topics are literally off the […]

Day One

It is now January 1, 2016 as I am writing this blog entry. Eyes a bit bleary still following a nap, following a late night, following a party at the home of a friend. Danced, laughed, hugged, massaged (we are […]

Carnival vs. Playground Rides

While speaking with a client today about some trepidation he had with regard to new opportunities that were opening for him, a metaphor came to me. Like many folks, this man fears getting into something he can’t readily get out […]

All in theFamily

The holidays had me in the company of loved ones from all of the overlapping soul circles in my life. Some were family of birth and others family of choice, that entered my world unexpectedly and intentionally. Gratitude flows for […]

The Night Before- A Holiday Favorite

It is Christmas Eve Eve and I am doing my best to stay awake until midnight to hear the first song of an annual event called The Night Before on WXPN which is a member supported station based here in […]

Winter Solstice Wonderings

Last night, I sat in a circle with 26 other women from several generations. The youngest was in her 20’s and others were in their 30’s through my age (50’s) and still others were slightly older. We each brought our […]

The Difference Between Liking and Loving

We are all relational beings, coming into the world hard-wired for connection to each other. Bonding takes place in family of birth, if we are fortunate. There are those, sadly, who miss out on the heart and soul safety in […]

Losing or Gaining Your Marbles?

Yesterday I was watching a rerun of Oprah-created SuperSoul Sunday in which fellow social worker and researcher turned author and speaker, Brene’ Brown was expounding on a topic that snagged my own heart and soul; trust and friendship and the ways those […]

Birding In The Face of Terror-Book Review

  An event of monumental proportions and horrific implications that lives in the collective consciousness of the planet, is the backdrop for this psycho-spiritual novel penned by Ithaca, New York based writer named J. Pierre Reville. September 11, 2001 is […]

I Believe In Miracles

Tonight, I will kindle the third candle of Hanukkah and watch as the flame flickers in the Ba Gua (Feng Shui) mirror behind my stove where the menorah is placed. On the ledge above it sits a blue and white Buddha whose arms […]

The Last Month of the Year

As I am writing this, the calendar is on the final page which signals that by this time 30 days from now, we will be in the year 2016. Hard to imagine that as a child of the 1960’s I […]

Every Time A Bell Rings

It’s that time of year again. The classic film It’s A Wonderful Life is broadcasting in time for the holidays. The tale of hyper-responsible dreamer George Bailey plays itself out for the world to see and celebrate. I have watched […]

Taking On the Pain of the World

I am an empath. Rather like the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Deanna Troi, I can pick up on the emotions and sometimes physical sensations of others, whether or not I know them personally. It is both a joy and […]

God Singing Through Us

“Don’t die with your music still in you.”-Wayne Dyer Another powerful dream this morning, the remnants of which linger as I am typing these words. I was in a rural setting with a group of adults and children. A mischievous […]

Living in the Just Don’t Know

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.” -John O’Donahue Tonight at dinner with my friend Chris, we were speaking about that nebulous place between here and there, one state of being and the […]

Being In The Flow of Life

Consider your life as it is right now.  Is it filled to overflowing with all that you desire, or does it feel dry and lacking in pizazz and juice? Take a moment to do an inventory of what you have […]

What Would Yoda Say?

Although he is a fictional character created by Muppeteers Frank Oz and Jim Henson, Yoda remains my favorite little green sage. His wisdom is exemplary and in his death, he melted back into the Force, as I believe we all […]

In the End Only Kindness Matters

Today is World Kindness Day. As it is celebrated, it allows people around the globe to connect heart to heart. There are times when people feel disconnected from each other and themselves. I am convinced that it is at the […]

Earning Brownie Points

I have been a consummate caretaker, giver, goodie two shoes, apple polisher for as long as I can recall. Even as a little kid, I did things for others so I would be seen in a certain light. Wanting to be ‘loved […]

Feeling Stronger Every Day

  As the daughter of a gym rat, workouts are a genetic imperative. My dad used to lift weights, jump rope and jog throughout my life. Sometimes I would accompany him as he exercised. I instinctively knew that it was […]

Practices

Over the past few weeks, I have found myself (or actually lost myself) in a dark forest of despair, sadness, longing for something seemingly elusive, cracked open and grieving years of loss. Along with it came an unreasonable fear that […]

Letting Go and Letting In

As much as I would like to think of myself as open minded, non-judgmental and forgiving, brewing underneath that image, is someone who clenches out of fear, can hold a grudge and cling to self righteous indignation. I have reluctantly […]

Anchoring to Uncertainty

Lately I have been feeling adrift on a sea of ‘just don’t know’ in nearly every area of my life, from work to health, to relationships. It seems like I am buffeted about by the literal and symbolic winds of […]

I’ve Decided

What if what we truly desire is as close as our thoughts?  How about the idea that our minds are like Velcro dartboards, or as I like to call them ‘heartboards’ that attract what we focus on? Over the years, I […]

Dear Human: Book Review

  A meme gone viral, that reads like an instructional manual for life is called Dear Human. Written by the inimitable Courtney A. Walsh, it speaks to the wondering wanderer in each of us. The disenfranchised aspects of ourselves that […]

Life Changes In A Heartbeat

The cardiac muscle that pumps blood through our bodies is essential for our survival. There are times when it functions magnificently without a glitch or a hitch. There are others when it skips beats or ceases altogether. It is in […]

Horse Healing Human Healing Horse

    Earlier in the year, I was introduced to a local equine rescue farm called Safe Haven. Owned and lovingly maintained by my friend Kate Goldenberg, it is where race horses go to retire from that career and learn new […]

Falling Into God

On Sunday, I sat in services at Circle of Miracles which is an interfaith community of which I have been part since 2001. Each week, inspired speakers share their wisdom and experience with us. I had felt called to go […]

Say What You Need To Say

Lately, I have become even more acutely aware of the fragility of life and the tenuousness of what ties us to it.  In my lifetime, I have said goodbye to my grandmothers, my husband and my parents, as well as […]

Creating A Life That You Love

In the past few days, events in my life have felt tumbled and tossed, necessitating regaining my footing, calling on family and friends for emotional support and guidance, and even more importantly, my deep and abiding faith that all is […]

Down (sized) But Not Out

It’s the news no one wants to hear. “Due to cost cutting measures, your position has been eliminated.”  A job that I had been recruited for and dove into for more than a year, is no longer. My initial reaction […]

Wedding Wonders

One of my greatest joys in my role as an interfaith minister, is officiating at weddings. Although I have lost count, I estimate that I have married over 300 couples since being ordained in 1999. Mixed gender and same sex […]

A Living, Breathing Dichotomy

Writing this while listening to my favorite radio station, WXPN, based here in the Philly area. Feet tapping along to the music, bopping into my day. Harry Connick, Jr. is serenading me at the moment. Awoke at the crack of […]

Parenting For Life- An Interview With Author Nina Sidell

It’s been said that children don’t come into the world with a how-to manual. Most parents find their way through the sometimes bewildering maze of parenthood on auto pilot or through the ways in which previous generations raised them and […]

Intentional and Attentional

We share the planet with more than 7.3 billion people. Most we will never meet and yet each one of our choices impacts on the lives of the others. How we treat each other determines the quality of our lives. […]

For The Common Good

Like many around the globe, I have been following the journey of Pope Francis with interest. I was raised Jewish and am an interfaith minister, so the idea of a spiritual leader also being a diplomat, traveling to the United […]

Reset Button

Just returned from a break the fast dinner at my friends Barb and Glenn Cohen’s home. It is an annual tradition celebrating the end of the holiday of Yom Kippur during which we fast from sundown the night before to sundown the […]

Hugs For Peace

Last night I joined with a group of friends to open arms and hearts and embrace life full on. Periodically, I throw a party that takes the love that knows no language barrier, to the streets of the nearby town […]

International Day of Peace-FREE HUGS STROLL

 “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”-Albert Einstein “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”-Francis of Assisi “Better than a thousand hollow […]

Twenty Years and Counting- Celebrate Your Life!

Take a moment and think back 20 years. The calendar read 1995. The world was in turmoil with news about wars and famine capturing headlines. On the flip side, there was also an epic blending of culture when the Russian […]

French Kissing God: A Journey To Enlightenment Book Review

“Last night, God offered me a kiss… Of course, I accepted.”-Lyric Benson Fergusson That is the invitation that ushers the reader into this tempting tidbit of a book called French Kissing God A JOURNEY TO ENLIGHTENMENT . Filled to overflowing […]

Waiting in the Wings

 Every morning, we unfold a new 24 hour period, like a sheet fresh off the clothesline where it has been drying in a sweet breeze. We stretch it out and do our best not to let it drag in the […]

Sending Prayers Out

As I am typing these words, it is the morning of Rosh Hashanah; 6:11 a.m. EST here in the Philadelphia area. My eyes opened 30 minutes ago to greet the day. They may yet close to allow me to nap, […]

Being Biracial- Book Review

    What would it be like to feel like an outsider in the midst of a crowd; an ‘other’ while surrounded by those whose appearance differs from your own? Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide was penned by Sarah […]

Life Unfolding As It Does

Many’s the time I have bemoaned that wished- for experiences had not occurred as I thought they ‘should’. Jobs, relationships, return on investment of my time would wait on the other side of a transparent wall, thumbing their collective noses […]

Being A Conscious Entrepreneur

I consider myself a conscious entrepreneur. To me that means that I am in it for the outcome, so that what I do is of service AND the income, since I want my work to support myself as well as […]

Where No One Has Gone Before

I am a spiritual trekkie. Never been to a convention. Once dressed in Star Fleet uniform at Universal Studios 20 some years ago. When Star Trek debuted on this day in 1966, I was almost 8 years old. I was […]

Facing Life: A Ten Week Journey-Week Ten

Hard to imagine that this was the final session of ten that I signed up for with  Debra/Deva Troy who used the modality called Facial Reflex Therapy created by Lone Sorensen. This beautifully hybrid treatment incorporates techniques from around the world and has […]

How Do You Define Success?

When you hear the word ‘success,’ what comes to mind?  Do images of wealth, accumulation of objects, travel, prestige, a large home and hoards of people singing your praises float on through? For many, that is the ‘gold standard’. We […]

Push or Flow?

I read a marvelous bit of wisdom this morning. It was written by Barry Kerzin, MD , a Buddhist Monk who is the founder of the Human Values Institute. It touched a chord that had me reverberating in the key of ooooohhh yessss. “When we get […]

Facing Life: A Ten Week Journey-Week Nine

Just returned from a one week Jamaican journey and  Debra/Deva Troy  had come back from her own vacation, so there was a two week space in our experience with the modality called Facial Reflex Therapy created by Lone Sorensen. It allowed for some healing […]

Emotional Weather

I am a Force of Nature. So are you. So is everyone else on the planet. We are affected by the moon, the tides, the barometric pressure. When the winter comes and the sun isn’t as visible, people experience Seasonal […]

What Sustains You?

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”- Julian of Norwich In your darkest, most frightening moments, what sustains you? What has you knowing that all is well?  For me, it […]

Birthing A New Book

      My first book called The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary came into the world in 2011, not quite like Venus fully formed from sea foam, but rather resembling a human baby, that […]

Luscious Lessons Learned on a Jamaican Sojourn

As I am writing this, the hours until departure from my Jamaican vacay are ticking away. I am not woeful or wistful, wishing it could be longer. It was perfectly timed to begin and perfectly timed to end. 24 hours from […]

Beach Yoga

After being in Jamaica for a few glorious days so far, I am learning that I am able to ‘tolerate’ a great deal of pleasure. I use that particular word, because for such a long time, I have been in […]

Happy Tappy Yoga

I have been a yoga student since 2004, enjoying my time both on and off the mat. I have referred to it as my magic carpet that takes me on all sorts of adventures. Here in Jamaica, I left my […]

In Vacay Mode

  Sitting in a cool and comfy lounge in the Montego Bay Airport while waiting for my friend Ambika to arrive. Back in June, she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, which was a week in Negril, Jamaica at […]

Do It Now

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you have always wanted. DO IT NOW!”- Paulo Coehlo This meme greeted me this morning and sent a resounding YES! through my sleepy […]

Shining Star Syndrome

This past week, I had the opportunity to encounter a persona who developed in childhood. I call her ‘the shining star’. She loved, loved, loved being in the spotlight, partly since she was so much of the time. Adults used […]

Flower Child

This past weekend, I took a time travel trip back 36 years to 1979. It was a period of my life that will be embedded in my cells forever. Not only was it when I began cutting my teeth on […]

Befriending Uncertainty

I woke up this morning in eager anticipation of two big gatherings this week. Tomorrow I will be trekking to NYC to participate in The Good Men Project (GMP Live) story telling  event. The theme is Arrivals and Departures. I […]

Facing Life: A Ten Week Journey- Week Eight

Entering the office of Debra/Deva Troy   today in order to experience the modality called Facial Reflex Therapy created by Lone Sorensen, I already had a clear idea of what I wanted to work on. Although the hands-on aspect of the treatment is designed to […]

Why Do We Write What We Do?

A come clean. When recently reading an artist friend’s post about not being responsible for how her art is viewed or perceived, it occurred to me that often I write with the intention of evoking certain responses in the reader. Like […]

Pleasurable and Effortless

For much of my life, I have resisted struggling. I know that sounds weird, since on some level, resistance IS struggle. Efforting. Pushing against what is, rather than accepting it. I have often denied that some things are just plain […]

Facing Life-A Ten Week Journey- Week Seven

I entered into the seventh week of treatment with Debra/Deva Troy  in the modality called Facial Reflex Therapy designed by Lone Sorensen . She has found that when applied, it has assisted with balancing the various biological systems and stimulate the body’s natural healing […]

To Those We Treasure

Awake, truly awake and well rested after a weekend that was filled with laughter and joy, music, friends, dancing, singing, healthy eating and a power nap at the end of a long, sun streaming down day. On Friday night, so began one […]

Facing Life-A Ten Week Journey- Week Six

Lately I’ve been letting emotions flow, and along with them, have come insights that had lay dormant for years.  This session was overseen by Debra/Deva Troy ‘s teacher Lynn Diehl  for the sixth of ten Facial Reflex Therapy visits. This modality […]

Planting Seeds

There comes a time in our lives when we are called to face certain truths — that life unfolds at its own pace and not only as we would wish it to. For 56 years, I have danced the line […]

The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down

My  busy-buzzy brain woke me up to write this a few hours ago and I made a deal with The Muse that I could sleep a bit more, if I formulated the text in dreamland. She nodded and agreed. Lately, […]

An Interview With Dr. Eric Pearl

I met Dr. Eric Pearl a few years ago when he came to Philadelphia to teach a room full of eager folks, a modality that came to him/through him called Reconnective Healing. As someone who had long been fascinated with […]

Sleepless in Dublin

Earlier in my life, sleep was an experience I both cherished and avoided. As a little kid, I resisted naps, since I thought I would be missing out on fun. Throughout adulthood, I would often say that “Sleep is highly […]

Facing Life: A Ten Week Journey- Week Five

‘The sounds of silence,’ were the words that echoed through my head after Deva/ Debra Troy said them as I was lying on the fuzzy plaid blanket covered massage table in her Doylestown, PA office for the fifth of ten Facial […]

A Pampered Woman

Yesterday, I saw a meme on Facebook that showed a woman sitting up in bed, yelling out to no one in particular “Somebody pamper me!” and then in the next block, she realizes “Oh yeah. I forgot. I’m a strong, […]

Facing Life: A Ten Week Journey-Week Four

As I entered into the fourth week of my sessions of Facial Reflex Therapy created by Lone Sorensen  offered by Deva/ Debra Troy, I noticed a shift. Although I had been through menopause and thought I had gracefully emerged on the other […]

Are There Too Many Items On Your To-do List?

I saw a poster several years ago that had a list of movers and shakers who have helped to transform the world. The caption read something to the effect that they had the same 24 hours that all of us […]

Uncle Jimmy Parking Spots

Everyone I know has some manner of parking angel who assists them in locating a spot in a lot or the street. In my family, my mother’s brother Jim played that role. We would refer to them as “Uncle Jimmy […]

Facing Life- A Ten Week Journey Week Three

“Meditatively enlivened,” were the words that repeated themselves in my mind throughout the third session of Facial Reflex Therapy created by Lone Sorensen in which I was engaged, offered by Deva/ Debra Troy. I knew immediately what that meant, since I […]

Who’s Your Gladys?- Book Review

You may have heard the adage: “People do business with those they know, like and trust.” Business really IS about relationships. Reputation matters. The ways in which the owners treat their employees, contractors and customers/clients makes all the difference in […]

Inside Out Movie Review

Anticipation grew as I sat in a darkened movie theater with my friend Yvonne Kaye, waiting for the film to begin. Ever since I saw the trailer a few months earlier, I knew it was a must-see. Inside Out is a brain […]

Love Rules Supreme

I cried when I read the news. Happy tears for friends whose unions are now officially recognized in all 50 states. Some were legally married in their respective states, but could now claim to be ‘legit’ wherever they go. The […]

All Present and Accounted For

In the moment, I am aware of end of the day sleepy eyes ready to close. Good thing I can type without looking at the keyboard. A few decades as a journalist allows for that talent. Amazing that I was […]

Facing Life- A Ten Week Journey-Week Two

I began this experience a week ago, with my friend Deva/Debra Troy as she offered me the opportunity to experience the modality of Facial Reflex Therapy as created by Lone Sorensen. I had already noticed a distinct shift in energy […]

Light Bypass

  My friend, author, therapist and philosopher Jeff Brown has a bunch of wisdom to offer; born of both pain and pleasure. He spins out word fusions and mental meanderings like only few I have ever seen. Today was no exception. He […]

Just Do It!

No, this isn’t a Nike commercial, although that may be what comes to mind when you view those words. Today while seeing a therapy client, he tells me that the wake up alarm on his phone has some mighty motivational words […]

Facing Life- A Ten Week Journey- Week One

Our faces are generally the first thing people see when they look at us. They allow us to ‘face the world,’ as we go ‘face to face’  with whatever is in front of us. I was invited to do that while […]

Smoking Mad

One of my longstanding pet peeves is smoking and the impact it has had on me and people close to me, as well as the planet in general. I can cite all kinds of reasons why it is problematic, from […]

Life in the Midst of Death in the Midst of Life

    This morning, I woke up, grateful to have woken up. Nothing new, since I do that each day. Today has a different feel to it for many reasons. The first is that it is my one year cardio-versary, […]

Patiently Waiting

I am typing this Bliss Blog entry on my new gadget, a.k.a. Tablet, which is an itsy bitsy computer a fraction of the size of my lap top. I am hunkered down at my friends Kim and Eric Berg’s home. […]

Off the Boat to Bonkerville

I have wise friends. Two of them started a thread on Facebook  that was a writing prompt which lead to this article: Loreen posed this prose: “Too much time planning this life when eternity waits. Hmnn, I think our perspective is […]

If Not For-A Past Life Regression Experience

A few days ago, I experienced a past life regression via my friend Lorraine Cohen who skillfully guided me through the process of untangling some threads of an issue that had shown up recently. It was prompted by something that […]

A Member of the Good Luck Club

This morning, The Muse woke me up at 5:30 and after writing this, I am likely to see if I can get a few more hours of shut-eye before leaping into the rest of my day. As usual, I peruse […]

Life Happens

Tonight as I write this, snug in my bed, listening to the hum of the dishwasher and tunes on my favorite radio station, WXPN, there are others in various corners of the word who are crying, laughing, frowning, smiling, raging, celebrating, grimacing […]

Journey to New Hope-Life After Death

Yesterday I spent a few hours in the presence of a group of folks who attended an event at Soul, Body and Home Gifts , in New Hope, PA that opened a door to connecting with loved ones who had […]

Pulling Weeds

      After a muggy, steamy mid Spring day in beautiful Bucks County, PA, the heavens opened and rain poured down. Rumbling thunder, a wee bit of lightning and then sunshine prevailed. I went outside in search of a […]

Is Love Being Served?

“You’ve got to learn to get up from the table when love’s no longer being served.”– Nina Simone If you are the only one cooking, serving, clearing the table, washing the dishes and putting the leftovers away, it’s time to invite […]

You Are What You Choose To Be

This morning, I heard this Jackson Browne classic called The Fuse that was the perfect prelude to an interview I had with Beth Long who is the editor of Doylestown Hospital’s news letter. She and I had last had a sit […]

Wars Not Make One Great

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. which commemorates those whose lives have been taken on the battlefield. It has become a harbinger of summer, although the season doesn’t officially begin until the solstice on June 21st at 12:38pm. Cookouts, […]

On My Way Back Home

Packed and ready to return home following a week in Hilton Head, SC with my friends Barb and Glenn. Feeling refreshed and revitalized. Like most vacations, it began ages ago and was over in the blink of an eye.  In […]

The Lifeguard is Off Duty

On vacation for the week and while shopping in Hilton Head, I saw a t-shirt that read “Lifeguard off duty. Save yourself”. I laughed as I purchased it for someone at home. I was tempted to get another one for myself, […]

Our Final Thoughts

Earlier this year, I wrote an article that focused on the multitude of thoughts that careen through our heads and the impact they have on the shape our lives take. Going deeper, I have been exploring the trajectory from there to […]

My To-Do List

Writing this the night before heading southward with my friends Barb and Glenn to Hilton Head, SC for a week of fun in the sun. It is the first long vacation I have had in more than a decade. They […]

Filling the Well

My friend Cass Forkin is a devout Catholic who doesn’t merely pray. She walks the talk. Cass is the founder and director of The Twilight Wish Foundation that grants wishes for seniors. She is also, like me, a miracle manna-fester and […]

Mary’s Well

My friend Cass Forkin is a devout Catholic who doesn’t merely pray. She walks the talk. Cass is the founder and director of The Twilight Wish Foundation that grants wishes for seniors. She is also, like me, a miracle manna-fester and […]

Letting Go Again- Book Review

  What is it like for a high school student in the 1970’s to discover she is pregnant as a result of unprotected sex with her sweetheart who then hides the truth from her family and friends until it is too […]

In the Flow

    Sitting in the San Francisco airport awaiting the plane that will wing me from here to my East Coast home. The Philly airport is the destination that I will re-visit long about 10:00 tonight. Invested in a soft […]

The Great American Grumpout

Yes, it really is a thing and it is today. Here in the United States, home to many  grumpy people, a created holiday is celebrated ….if you can use that word, to glorify what is defined as “a person who […]

Prosperity Mantra

Last year, in the midst of experiencing emotional turmoil, physical challenges and financial woes, I had a conversation with Spirit. We are on such intimate terms that there are times when I wonder if it is a dialog or monologue, […]

Live Your Great Story

  We are all repositories for experience. Nothing that happens in our lives ever goes away. While we may repress memories that could be too painful to recall, they remain in our cells. What if, instead, we decided to live […]

Seduced By A City

Landed in New Orleans yesterday, a.k.a. The Crescent City and The Big Easy. I had been planning the trip for the past month to spend time with my friend Jewelee and her husband Scott, their kiddos, and her family of […]

Creative ADHD

While on the plane heading from Philadelphia to New Orleans for my first ever visit to attend Jazz Fest with friends, I was perusing the in flight mag called American Way- since my carrier is American Airlines. Being a writer, editor […]

Pump Up The Volume

Having just returned from a workshop called Fearless Relating, facilitated by my friends Reid Mihalko and Monique Darling, I am awhirl with all kinds of ideas and awash in emotion. In the re-entry process, I am integrating what feels like […]

The Event Will Go As The Event Will Go

  Rolling the clock back to the spring of 2005 and I find myself in the 5th floor walk up apartment in Manhattan of Reid Mihalko and Marcia Baczynski. Surrounded by blankets, pillows and pj clad strangers, save my brave friend […]

Make Every Day Earth Day

I am an earnest Earth advocate since it is the only planet we have and I want it to continue to sustain life for a long time to come. I also honor what Gaia- the Greek name for the Goddess […]

Life Is Lumpy

This morning, I was reading a newsletter sent by my friend Kurt Koontz. In it he was described his latest adventures in the Big Apple. He had taken a few forays to the 9/11 memorial and was deeply moved by […]

It’s A Beautiful Morning

The peeking in sun woke me up before my intended arising time. Clearly, the day had other ideas for how I should be spending its first few hours. I so wanted to tumble back into slumber, but it wasn’t gonna happen. […]

Professional Reader

It’s clear that I am a professional writer. It is my right livelihood work that brings me such joy that it is sometimes overwhelming. I’m grateful that The Muse sees fit to shower me with ideas at all hours of […]

Writing in My Sleep

  With every good intention, I climb into bed, nestle beneath the covers and close my eyes. I am aware of the silence in the room that is palpable. I rarely set the alarm clock, unless I absolutely have to […]

Love Bubbles

A few days ago, I trekked from my bucolic Bucks County, PA home to the hustle-bustle hectic hangout of NYC. I was eagerly anticipating meeting two Facebook friends Sherri Rosen and Kurt Koontz.  I had developed distance relationships with both […]

Woven Threads

  Today, I was looking at the pattern on one of my favorite scarves. It is green and gold, red and pink, blue and white; a near rainbow array of hues. I love to wear it, since it has a […]

For Our Own Good

Writing this from my cozy bed, after an ordeal in the wee hours of this morning, that could have been prevented by listening to my wise mind, instead of my “I want that yummy and decadent treat, because it has […]

Be the Vortex

Yesterday, I was sitting in a black plastic chair at Meineke in Doylestown,  waiting for my car to be given the thumbs up to be road worthy after a rough winter. Here in Eastern, PA, like many places that endured […]

The Width of An Eyelash-The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Yesterday, I saw the much heralded film : The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Even without benefit of viewing its predecessor, I enjoyed it immensely. It may have had something to do with the demographic I am now in. Although most of […]

Through The Eyes of Love

Yesterday, my friend Joan made a comment on Facebook about a painful interaction with someone in her life. “I’ve been looking at myself through the eyes of someone who doesn’t love me, but trying to see love.” My response to her […]

Sara’s Smiles- Lift The Cloud, Inspire The Joy

  The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event that heralds the coming of Spring. This Winter weary woman who hadn’t attended in decades, was eager to immerse in beauty. Little did I know that it would go far beyond […]

We Never Know Who We Will Touch With Our Words

It is no secret that I am addicted to words. As a career writer, I live and breathe their essence. They delight me to no end. They are the beat of my heart and the blood that flows through my […]

Inhaling and Exhaling

Breathing is necessary in order to sustain our corporeal existence. Inhaling and exhaling, over and over. The average human takes 12 breaths per minute which comes out to 17,280 each day. This doesn’t factor in times of exercise. It is […]

Love Is All I Am

Lately, the Muse has been waking me up long around 4 a.m. Not sure why, but when that happens, I know it is important to take dictation. And so I do. A name came through first- Tyler Goldsmith. He is […]

Leap of Faith in the Face of Doubt

In the past few months, I have become increasingly aware of the power of spiritual practice to keep the rudder on my ‘ship of dreams’ guiding me steady on, so that I don’t run it ashore. Just when I think […]

Loving and Letting Go

As it always does, the Universe brings me messages when I most need them and least want them. I imagine it is so for you as well. Yesterday I was writing an article for my full time job with the […]

Right Place Right Time

Do you believe that you are always at the right place at the right time?  I do. I see it happen every day, since I know that we are so tapped in to the Universe. I think of a song […]

A Writer’s Life

  “If  you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”- John Irving In this very moment, I am listening to the gurgle-hum of the dishwasher, while my […]

Letting It Be Easy

Difficult to imagine a time when I made things harder than they needed to be. Days filled with fret and worry like so much sewage run-off. Mind spinning ceaselessly with shoulda- woulda- coulda thoughts that made me dizzy. Feeling ‘less than,’ with […]

Love is More Than Skin Deep

A video gone viral brings me to tears every time I have watched it.  It was produced by Love Has No Labels and opens by showing two skeletons kissing behind a screen. Thus begins a love-fest which evidences that the societally imposed separation based on […]

No Explanation Needed

“No’ is one of the shortest words in the English language and one of the most difficult to say for some people, unless the person happens to be two years old and then it might well one of their most […]

Full Circle Experience

  With Christine Lavin and Julie Gold Had a full circle experience on Sunday, when I walked through the doors of the Unitarian Church at 21st and Chestnut in Philly to celebrate the 80th birthday and illustrious career of music […]

Living With Grace, Flow and Ease-Book Review

  What if you could invite three angels into your home who would accompany you through your days, assisting you in having, as I like to refer to it, a ‘rich, full, juicy life’? Would you issue a call and then keep the […]

The Sound of the Dove-Music Review

  “If you could combine the compelling voices of fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt, with the soaring throat notes of kirtan singer; best known as Madonna’s back up singer, Donna DeLory, you would have a sense of the magnificent tonings […]

Bucket List

I awoke in the wee hours this morning, from a dream about my parents. Both passed in the last few years; my dad in 2008 and my mom in 2010. They were the dearest people in my life; teachers, guides, […]

Living in Your God-ness

There are some people who come into our lives at a point in time when we are entering a new way of being. They plant seeds and are not necessarily a regular part of our days. Kind of like music in […]

Happy, Sexy, Shameless: What Our Mothers Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees-Book Review

    Most of us are at a loss when it comes to expressing how we feel about one of the most Divine experiences human beings can have. We are given mixed messages from parent figures, from the media, from […]

Avoiding Mental Traffic Jams

  This morning, while in session with a therapy client, I was speaking about the importance of mindfulness in maintaining structure and functionality in our lives. There are some days during which a running dialogue is taking place in my […]

Attract, Don’t Pursue

Today, while meeting a new Facebook friend and sister wordsmith, Trish Sammer Johnston, we were talking about all of the seeds we have planted in our lives in order to reap the harvest we are enjoying now.  We were sipping […]

Hugs From the Heart – For the Heart

On one of the coldest Valentines’ Days in recent history on the East Coast, a group of intrepid folks donned coats, hats, boots and gloves and took to the streets of Doylestown, PA which is a suburb of Philadelphia. The […]

Spirits in the Material World

    I woke up this morning to the Sting song with this title, so I assumed that it was my writing prompt for the Bliss Blog. I have long believed that we are not humans having a spiritual experience, […]

For the Highest Good

Every day, people turn their minds and hearts to prayer for themselves and others. Regardless of spiritual orientation or faith tradition, it becomes a lifeline to the God of their understanding. We humans are born, live, have experiences; some joyful, […]

Roaring Red

  As I awoke this morning, I was reminded that today is called Go Red for Women Day that focuses on the importance of heart health awareness. The symbol of the event is a red dress. Like the pink ribbon […]

Change is Strange

As I was sitting with a client today, we were speaking about the transformations she wanted to take place in her life. Since this was our initial session, she outlined many of them that would enhance her day to day experiences. […]

Publicity From The Trenches-Blissful Book Review

  Some of those reading this blog  are, no doubt, in the creative fields of writing, speaking and teaching. You are good at what you do. People enjoy your words and look forward to reading what you have to share and attending […]

The Experience of God

I was listening to Marty Moss Coane’s interview on Radio Times on  NPR this morning with David Peters,  a former military chaplain who served in Iraq and returned with PTSD that he attempted to self medicate away with alcohol and  […]

Sexpot With Stretchmarks

Imagine having your own personal cheerleader who enthusiastically reminds you that you are gorgeous, worthy, creative, brilliant and loveable. Would you believe her? Would you say “Who are you kidding? I’m overweight, under-paid, over worked and under-played.” Jenny G. Perry […]

How Do You Create A Life That You Love?

  One of the most essential questions you can ask yourself,  is the one presented in the title of this article. We have a choice to experience an existence that takes us from the day of our birth to the […]

Is Sleep Highly Over-rated?

    I had long believed and expressed that sleep was highly over-rated whenever someone would ask how I managed to maintain what I called a ‘crazy-busy’ schedule that included a full time job, several over-lapping consulting jobs, raising a […]

The Gift of Vulnerability

A quote from one of my favorite books has set the stage for an ongoing process in my life. The Velveteen Rabbit is a tale of a little boy whose toys dispense wisdom to each other,  the child and the […]

On the Elevator

  Yesterday I received a surprise in the mail. It was a tiny pocket sized book called Back To Joy that was compiled by author June Cotner. It contains tidbits of wisdom from the likes of Anne Lamott, John Welwood, […]

Wabi Sabi Walls

    The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi is defined in Wikipedia as: ” A comprehensive  Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, […]

Clothes Make The Man

As I was speaking with a client today, we were discussing ways that people learn who they are and how they re-create themselves when major life changes occur. I remembered a scene from one of my favorite films:  Joe vs. […]

Changing Your Mind About God

I was listening to an  NPR interview today with author Scott Chesire whose initial book  is called High As the Horses’ Bridles, which is a reference to an image connected with Armageddon. It is a novel, but in part, is based on his own experience […]

Songs Beyond The Traffic-Music Review

  I met Susan Herrick back in the 1980’s when this music therapist turned singer songwriter was beginning what has been a twenty some year musical journey. A multi-instrumentalist and sacred sound healer, she has a 2  1/2 octave vocal range […]

Cargo Cult- A Book Review

  Before we begin; a word of clarification …. the word ‘cult’ has come to have pejorative meaning, bringing to mind the shadow of control and abuse. This is not that type of cult. Rather, it is an homage to […]

All At Once

This morning, I am listening to my favorite radio station, WXPN in Philadelphia,  while tip tapping away at the keyboard. Two of my beloved activities. Sipping ginger tea to soothe a wee bit of a sore throat. In a few […]

Following the Sun

  I love sunflowers. Not only are they big and bright, but they have a particular talent that I admire. It’s called heliotropism and it translates to ‘sun tracking’. In other words, it means that they follow the sun. When I […]

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Enough
  Today, my friend Kristin Pedemonti, who is known as a storyteller,  writer and  up-lifter  of spirits, and who, like me, creates FREE Hugs events, dyes her hair vibrant colors (hers is pink and mine is purple) was showing off her ...

posted 4:08:08pm Apr. 27, 2016 | read full post »

Free Fall or Free Flight?
"It’s not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways of doing things, but it’s that place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes. There’s nothing to hold on to." ~ Marilyn Ferguson In that ...

posted 11:58:40am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

Bending Over Backward or Standing Your Ground?
Many years ago when I was married, my husband would describe me as "an emotional contortionist who would bend over backward to please people." Not sure how he came up with that, but, to this day, I still think of it as brilliant. It shone a ...

posted 10:38:29am Apr. 20, 2016 | read full post »

When Fear Comes Calling
A come clean here. This morning, as I was preparing for a radio interview on which I was on the guest side of the microphone, I was slammed with overwhelming fears, feels and tears. The title of the segment on Vivid Life Radio was The Successful ...

posted 2:45:26pm Apr. 12, 2016 | read full post »

Hello, My Name is Doris: Movie Review
I like Sally Field....I really, really like her as a staple in my childhood when I grew up watching Gidget and The Flying Nun. Today, worlds apart from the beach setting of the first show and the Puerto Rican convent in which Sister Bertille ...

posted 11:06:37pm Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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