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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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Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates

Photo credit:  Alex Lowy   I am open to miracles wherever they appear. Sometimes they show up in the form of a man with a buzz cut, decked out  in a white suit and sneakers, toting a well worn suitcase, […]

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Shower Power

Most people take showers to clean their bodies. I also take showers to ‘come clean’ which to me means, to wash off the gritty and grimy thoughts and emotions that cling to me as well. Imagine a beautiful, hot summer […]

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Illuminated Hearts

  In the depths of winter, the stars scatter across the pitch black expanse Dancing with abandon, solo and in overlapping soul-circles Like so many pirouetting, leaping, cavorting, frolicsome rhythmaticians Beckoning earthbound journeyers to hurl their corporeal forms skyward To […]

Nurturing Healing Love

  Most of my TV watching takes place while I am at the gym and today  I was ‘moved’ as I was moving on the elliptical by something that was laid out before me on the screen.  Scarlett Lewis was speaking […]

The Positivity Project

I proudly claim to be an Opti-Mystic; one who sees the world through the eyes of possibility. I may have come by it genetically, since my parents generally looked on the bright side of things and reinforced that all would […]

Blank Canvas

  “I love how each day starts with a blank canvas. What masterpiece shall we create today?”-Mark Semple Each morning, we are given the gift of 1440 minutes. It comes in a package wrapped with a ribbon of infinite possibility. […]

By Invitation

Tonight on my way home from one of my many right livelihood jobs, this one as a counselor in a drug and alcohol treatment outpatient program, I steered the Jeep toward my ‘office away from home’ a.k.a. The Zen Den in […]

Renaissance Man Derek O’Neill

  With a lilting Irish accent that melts me, Derek O’Neill is a wise man with the heart of a playful child. I became familiar with his work through friends who have studied with him and attended one of his […]

A Different Perspective

  I have interesting encounters in the most unexpected places. The one I am about to describe took place in Ithaca, New York on Sunday. My friend Ondreah Johnson and I were visting with my friends Jody Kessler and Doug Shire […]

Puddle Splashing

Today I was at the one year anniversary celebration of my friend Kathy Tooley’s yoga studio called Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center. The word means ‘heart chakra’ in Sanskrit and truly it is a place where glad hearts rejoice, sad […]

You-niverse

“Do not feel lonely. The entire Universe is Inside You.” ~Rumi When we are born, we enter into a multi-sensory realm that is quite different from the cozy, contained watery world in which our tiny bodies and beings floated for 9 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Atty-tood Elevation

                                                                 I have read this message numerous times over the years and it never fails to light a fire under me  and provide a wake up call when I am tempted to get grumpy about life circumstances. Way too […]

Leveraging the Universe

Words have always fascinated me and I have been tickled by the ways in which they can either enliven or disempower. Our minds are like those velcro dart boards that attract and let stick all of the daily input that […]

A Complaint Free World

                                                            What would your day, your life, the world be like if you had no complaints?  As we can only be responsible for our own thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and actions, it really does start with each of us. I […]

Michael Jackson Tribute

                                                                    Michael Jackson came into my life when as an adorable young’un, he was belting out songs with his brothers as part of the Jackson Five. Here was someone my own age dancing and singing his heart out, paving […]

Celestial Central Casting

                                             Received this message from TUT  (Totally Unique Thoughts) which is the brain and heart child of  Mike Dooley, a man who truly lives his bliss. Transforming from his role as a tax consultant to a world wide phenom who […]

The Shift

                                                                         Watched a movie last night, called The Shift, made by Hay House Films, that had been on my get-to list since it came out a few years back.  As the rain poured down and thunder rumbled through, heralding a change in […]

Before I Die

                                                                      This is a subject that some find challenging to speak of and still others avoid totally, and yet taking our last breath is as natural as taking our first; the cycle of life in completion. I have never witnessed […]

That I Would Be Good

                                                                             Even the most confident among us sometimes gaze into the mirror of our souls or the reflective glass and are harshly critical of the one who peers back at us. As much as I know I am perfectly imperfect or imperfectly perfect, (just […]

Cardinal Knowledge

                                                                             I have long been aware of the messengers that come in all forms, including those of the animal world. At just the right time, in the midst of life inquiry, they have shown up.  Winged, finned, scaled, furred…it […]

Miracle Enough

                                                             In the midst of a weekend that reverberates with the energy of the life I choose to experience. In the moment, I am sitting on a comfy wicker sofa in a beautiful bay side home in Mantoloking, NJ. […]

Blowing Some Love

                                                                      I received an invitation to connect with someone on facebook the other day that tickled me. This was a man who had a poetic way of expressing himself as he requested ‘friending’ me. At the end of it, […]

Happy Or Crappy

                                                                                This morning before leaving for work, I received an email from the Go Gratitude folks.  They are focused on the idea whose time is always NOW, that having a grateful heart and mind can open doors to all manner […]

Savor This Experience

                                                                        Today’s Bliss Blog entry was inspired by a piece written by Cynthia Greenfield of Asheville, North Carolina. It jumped out at me from the pages of her husband Blaine’s newsletter called Blaine’s World. Full of all kinds of newsy […]

Merging With The Dream

                                                               This weekend I had the joy of celebrating the Summer Solstice a few days early, with a group of kindred spirits ranging from those in infancy to those in senior adulthood. My friends Stephen and Kathy Redding hosted an annual gathering […]

South Jersey Roots

                                                                              Just returned home from a joyous occasion; the 80th birthday party of Terri Lewis; a neighbor from the The ‘Boro; short for my hometown of Willingboro, NJ.  This octogenarian whose youthful energy and appearance belies her age, was being […]

Just Another Ordinary Miracle Today

                                                                        On my way to work, pondering what the day would bring; since I work in a psychiatric hospital, I never know for sure, a song by one of my favorite singer-songwriters…Sarah Mclachlan was issuing forth from my car radio. I had […]

Twenty five Random Things

                                                                 As  I was doing research for interviewing Susan Piver who will be featured in the Living Their Bliss entry, I came upon something on her website that seemed like so much fun, that I decided to re-create it here. […]

Peace Out and In

                                                                            May 30 is recognized as Memorial Day in the U.S.; a day that honors those who have served in the military, as well as their families whose support has allowed them to do so. While I certainly hold them in my heart, I […]

Meet Me At Your Heart

                                                                         Sitting in my car en route to the gym last night, I was carried, not just by a Jeep, to my destination, but on waves of sound offered from the heart, soul and voice of Steven Groff.  His newly […]

As If For The First Time

                                                                           “..life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  So began the daily group email  from Neale Donald Walsch that I receieved this past Thursday morning. I think about that concept each day, as my eyes open to greet […]

Resilience

                                                                                      A few days ago, a co-worker was talking about her Ph.D dissertation which is on the subject of resilience. I offered to let her pick my brain (what’s left of it these days), since it is at the core […]

Cosmic Coincidence

                                                                           I live my life in a state of awareness of synchronicity.  According to Wikipedia:“Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in […]

Laughter Yoga

                                                                                               Sunday May 1st was World Laughter Day and I found myself in the presence of jolly souls engaged in what is one of my favorite activities.  Laughter is portable, spontaneous, calorie free (actually burns calories:), fat free, cholesterol […]

Upgrade

                                                                  Writing this post as I am sitting in the terminal of the Ft. Lauderdale airport en route to Philadelphia after an end-of-an-era experience of, as one friend referred to it “dismantling my parents’ lives”.  My Dad died in 2008 […]

The Tao Of Motherhood

  Imagine taking the comfort-filled nurturing of Mother-Love and condensing it down to 81 endowments from the Tao Te Ching, repurposing them and offering them back into the world in a new form as a gift to mothers. Author of […]

Prayer is Portable

I sometimes refer to myself as ‘Prayer Central’ since many of my friends over the years have asked me to offer prayer, reiki and in general healing energy for life circumstances that impact on them and people they know. I […]

Darshan

                                                                 A few years ago, I had an experience that I had anticipated for weeks and a few that I had not expected as a result. After receiving several emails and fliers, I ventured into Philadelphia to […]

Mama-cakes

  There are times when even a chronological grown up needs a teddy bear to hug. Today is such a day. Sitting next to me as I type these words is a purple and white gingham bodied, floral vested, starry […]

Blooming Lillies

  This has been, for many of us,  a rough Winter. As the frigid air makes way for the warmth of Spring, my heart feels as if it is in bloom as well.  Last year, I was delighted to find that Easter […]

World Poetry Day

I am, as a friend refers to:  ‘a verbivore’….living off words and finding sustenance from them. Writing is my passion and purpose; what feeds my soul. The words emerge from the vastness of my limitlessly vivid imagination. Poetry is one […]

Yummy Yoga

A few years ago, I began a practice that I know will be part of my life forever. The yoga I experience blends breath, mindfulness, movement, mantra, asana, chanting, and devotion both on and off the mat. It informs all […]

Om Is Oneness

Take a moment to breathe in the day; drinking in all of the sensations that surround you. Breath is essential and without it, life would cease to exist. As you exhale, chant the word ‘om’.  I like the idea that some […]

Only Love

“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” –Don Juan de […]

Gracefully Aging Hippie

I was born in 1958, an autumnal arriving mid-October Libra child whose passion is collaboration. My husband  Michael (who is now in Spirit) used to refer to me as a ‘second generation hippie’, since I was 11 when Woodstock graced the […]

Love Without Limits

Today’s Bliss Blog is brought to you by none other than LOVE; that unmistakable, remarkable, beyond verbal expression that you are embraced by life itself. LOVE’S symbolic arms encircle you, rocking you in comfort, humming in your ear, the sweetest song […]

As Is

I am dipping into the well of wisdom from the amazing Courtney A. Walsh once again for today’s Bliss Blog since it ties in with what I have been coming smack dab up against lately. “The universe doesn’t want/wish/desire/need us […]

Angels With Shovels

Aha moments can come at the most unexpected times.  Last week, in the midst of a winter wonderland that had the Philadelphia area innundated with many feet of snow, I found myself both frustrated and delighted in the span of […]

Wonderful Life

One of my favorite movies is an annual special…It’s A Wonderful Life and its meaning transcends the holiday theme. On so many levels, it resonates with the woman in the mirror who has learned that she does make a difference and […]

Martin Musical Montage

Honoring what would have been the 82nd birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. For the past quarter century, in this country, people have been encouraged to make it a ‘day on’, rather than a ‘day off’ as they […]

A Blessing For Your Home

The roof that is suspended over our heads, the walls that   surround us and the floor that supports us, provide a   sense of security. None of that compares to the serenity of   knowing that the Master Builder […]

Opti-Mystic

My dear friend Alan Cohen offered this message on New Years morning: “Behold, a bright new year set before you.  What would you make of it?” I consider myself an ‘opti-mystic’ who sees the world through the eyes of magic […]

Be Your Birthday Bliss!

                                         When we are born, we are sent to Earth with   gifts for the purpose of building a life of   beauty.     The good news is, we can use them as often as   we need them. […]

Prayer Is Portable

When we consider prayer, most folks think about petitioning, asking, begging, pleading, cajoling for something we believe we don’t have. Instead, I prefer to think of prayer in terms of gratitude for what is already in my life and what […]

To Your Heart’s Content

The day dawns. Open your eyes and drink in the beauty that surrounds you.  Allow the first thought that enters your mind upon awakening to be:  “How can I live to my heart’s content?”  Nourish that sweet heart of yours […]

Manifesting Miracles

Manifest a miracle. Remove your doubt and judgment smeared specs and replace them with clean and clear visual enhancing glasses.  When you change how you see things, everything you see changes. Live in miracle mindedness. At the moment, I am […]

Declaration

Words have immense power to alter our perception of reality. One measure of your world view are the results you experience in your life.  The word ‘declare’ comes from Latin “to make clear”,   “to reveal” , “to make manifest.”  Create […]

BYOB

BYOB-Be Your Own Bliss! Ask yourself: What would my life look like if I was fully living my bliss? What is my life purpose? How can I join in the Divine Dance each day? Breathe into these questions and you […]

Illuminate Your Path

Within you there is a wondrous light that came as part of your standard equipment at birth. Its purpose is to shine out and enable you to connect with all others who contain that glow (that would be everyone). Together […]

Gratitude Is Heaven

  “Gratitude is heaven itself.”-William Blake Ponder gratitude.  Enter into each day with an attitude of gratitude that spills over into every interaction you have.  Do a gratitude dance. What would that look like? I imagine it starting with a wee […]

Make Magic Happen

Make magic happen every moment.  You are truly an alchemist who can turn lead into gold. Find a magic word and make it your own. At the mention of this mantra, your world is transformed. Frowns turn upside down, broken […]

Tickle Your Fancy

Discover ways to make the edges of your mouth curl up.  1.Take a walk in the forest, breathing in the woodsy autumnal air, feeling a carpet of leaves crunching beneath your feet. 2. Savor a decadent treat (you know, of course, that […]

Giving and Receiving

  We are taught that it is better to give than to receive. How can there be a giver if there is no receiver? Allow for the flow of both in your life. This is an abundant place in which […]

Made of Love

  Build a life made of love. When we are born, we are sent to this Earth plane with a bag of tools for the purpose of constructing a life. We might think of them as standard issue. The good […]

Dance Your Dreams To Life

“Wiggle your toes at first and then as the music in your heart grows louder and more insistent, sway back and forth. Feel the melody rise up your body until you move about the room with wild abandon, or stand […]

Let Your Love Flow

  Let your love flow. Imagine yourself to be a clear running stream. Then allow yourself to overflow your banks, nourishing the flowers and grass that lace the edge. In every encounter you have with another person, the healing energy […]

Kindred Connection

  Two of my favorite people on the planet, Ruth Anne Wood and Peter Moses have joined creative forces and crafted a recitation of a poem that Ruth wrote, inspired by a presentation Peter offered a year ago. If you […]

Allow Your Heart To Be Your Compass

  Wander whimsically. Allow your heart to be the compass on your journey as you tread lightly on the path before you. Have not a clue about your ultimate destination. Instead, trust that the One who guides you has the […]

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  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 who ...

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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 as embodied by the Earth,  does for us each day. She ...

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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 what he saw there. Although I have not ...

posted 3:54:58pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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. Rolled over, turned on the ...

posted 8:32:31am Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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 the day and night. As I mentioned ...

posted 8:35:05am Apr. 15, 2015 | read full post »

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