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Alchemical Gratitude

  At the end of awesome weekend filled with spiritual sustenance, I am listening to  folk- rock queen- Lucinda Williams belting out Get Right With God in which she goes through a slew of deprivations and painful practices that some […]

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God Has No Religion

  When I first saw this quote today, it resonated resoundingly in my heart as Truth with a capital T.  Goosebumps, which are what I call my ‘Truth Barometer’ rose on my arms. There are some who are reading these words […]

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Desiderata

Image by Peregrine Blue (from Everystock Photo) I remember the first time I heard this poem in the form of a song. I was an idealistic teenager with many desires and dreams. A tree-hugging hippie who wanted to trust that […]

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Quaintrelle

  I pride myself on knowing lots of words. From the time I was a child, they fascinated me. My mother used to say that I “began speaking at 6 months and haven’t stopped since.”  She was right about that. […]

Something Magical

  “I expect the Universe to show me something magical everyday.”-Graham Nash in an interview with David Dye on World Café At the end of an amazing weekend that included a Friday night  love-fest that was a concert performed by Philly […]

Random Facts About Me

A new game is being played on Facebook; one of the few I have jumped right into with enthusiasm, since it helps me get to know friends better and shows the world more about who I am. It goes like […]

The Definition of Insanity

  You may have heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Today I heard an even more succinct translation of that colloquialism. This person who is in recovery […]

Listening Love

At our weekly staff meeting at the drug and alcohol outpatient program where I work, one of my co-workers named Glenn who I consider a wise elder in the field of recovery, reads a  dose of inspiration for us from […]

A Cup Of Kindness

  The first festive notes of  the holiday classic Deck The Halls has a calypso sway as it opens the wreath decorated door into the latest release by multi-instrumentalist Justin Solonynka. A Cup of Kindness re-imagines holiday favorites that warm […]

Change of Heart

Cardiac update since my last posting called Stay in My Heart:  Following a surprising diagnosis a week or so ago of a condition called LAFB which  are alphabet soup letters for Left Anterior Fascicular Blockage, I went to my primary […]

Love Is All

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed watching videos by a collective of musicians that form Playing For Change which aims to bring about transformation  one note at a time.  A roving film crew travels the world over and records […]

God-fidence

  This past weekend, I sat back and listened as my friend Tiffany Rae Reid shared her well earned wisdom at Circle of Miracles, which is one of my spiritual communities and where I spend most of my Sunday mornings. […]

Brave

What does bravery mean to you? Does it indicate a willingness to dive off a  stable cliff into the ocean at precisely the right moment so as not to crack open your skull or jump from a perfectly good airplane, […]

There Was An Old Lady

  No, not the mother of many who resided in overgrown footwear….but the rather the one who ingested a winged insect(: Today, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I was delighted to have spent time in the company […]

Total Strangers?

Everyone we now know and love was once a stranger. I live by that maxim when I consider that there was time when those dearest to me weren’t even on my radar screen. Taking into consideration past lives, I acknowledge […]

Whirling Magic~

    Curly hair tumbled about and mischievous gleam in his eyes,exemplifying the energy with artist, author, interviewer  and conscious entrepreneur, Gene-Manuel Whirling lives his life. I have been delighted to know this man for the past year or so, […]

Stay In My Heart

  Our biological hearts are such complex organs; a series of veins, arteries,  muscles, ventricles, pathways for blood to traverse. It is also thought of as ‘the seat of the soul,’ and the place from whence our emotions emerge. Love, […]

Global Oneness Day

What if we were to take a look at our planet from on high? Would we see borders and boundaries that separate us?  Would we have a sense of tenderness as we gaze upon this living, breathing being that we […]

Awakening In America

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-creating an experience with a man whose intuitive healing work is profound. He shared information with me that he would have no way of knowing since we had not met until […]

Fire It Up!

(artist unknown at the moment, but will include the name once I identify her or him) This weekend, I attended a retreat that encouraged me to stretch all kinds of comfort zones, ‘going to my edge’, dropping façade and worn out […]

Writing Is Risking

  Tonight I interviewed one of my favorite writers- Dan Millman and his daughter Sierra Prasada who co-authored the book The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way From Inspiration To Publication on my radio show called It’s All About Relationships on […]

Surrender

  Tonight as I was facilitating a support group at the drug and alcohol outpatient program where I work as a therapist, we were exploring the concept of surrender.  Many of the 12 steps that are the foundation of AA […]

Living A Life of Gratitude

The cover of the book makes it seem as if it would be quite comfortable in a candy jar; rainbow colored confection with the words Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy & Healing scripted across it. […]

Once Upon A Time

  I have long had a love affair with words. When I was a kid, I would tote around Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss’ wisdom and Highlights Magazines. The library up the street was my haven where my mother would […]

Want It All?

      “Do you think it would be as much fun, Edie, if you could trade some of the happiest days of your life for not having to experience some of the saddest? Do you think it would be […]

Comfort Zone

What’s your comfort zone? As a child, geographically, it was my house and then my backyard, then my neighborhood and town. As I became a teenager, it expanded outward to the more distant homes of friends and then college and a […]

Holy Listening

Sharon Pearl is a Spiritual Director who has chosen to act as a guide for people who are wanting to open to the Divine in their lives. She serves people of various faith traditions, although her own path is rooted […]

Honey In The Heart

Most who know me are aware that writing is my passion, bliss, life blood, heart beat and sanity. It is the primary way that I communicate with world. It is also my means of retaining memory of what has happened […]

Ancestral Healing

This morning, I was listening to a replay of an interview between host Cindy Kubica and her guest,  psychic Tori Hartman. They were speaking about multi-generational agreements; some spoken and some left unsaid but powerfully present nonetheless.  They may take […]

This Or Something Better

  One of my favorite things to do is set intention. It is  my initial thought each morning even before my feet touch the carpeting to ‘have extraordinary experiences and connect with amazing people.’ Every day I do. Like many […]

World Gratitude Day

  Gratitude is something that I experience and express all throughout my day. Growing up, my parents would remind my sister and me to say  ‘thank you’ whenever something was given to us. Back then, it felt like a formality, […]

Special Delivery

  “When we surrender to God, we surrender to something bigger than ourselves — to a universe that knows what it’s doing. When we stop trying to control events, they fall into a natural order, an order that works. We’re […]

Being Remembered

“When I imagine myself as an old woman at the end of my life & ask myself how I will evaluate my time here, there is only one question: Did I love well? There are a thousand ways to love […]

Beautiful Ache

I live a full, rich life, overflowing with love, family, friends, opportunities to stretch and grow as well as miracles too numerous to name; but name them I attempt to do each day. Over the weekend, I had so many […]

The Book of Life

  I am writing this entry on the morning of Yom Kippur, as a bird is sweetly serenading and the sun-dancing leaves are casting patterns on my curtains. Growly stomach and slight headache since having a light dinner last night. […]

Bone Deep Love

Tracie Nichols and I have traveled in the same circles for many years, dancing into each other’s lives. When we hung out for  a bit last weekend, and I learned more about this Renaissance Woman whose motto Soul Care From […]

I Am Light

  Heard this beautiful song tonight by India.Arie and it sweetly serenaded me with the chant: I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light….like a mantra that flowed through my veins, nourishing me body, mind and […]

Compassion

  As the world prepares to honor another ‘day that will live in infamy’ tomorrow and some will focus on the horrendous violence that led to loss of life and emotional safety, there are others who will be turning their […]

Love Expressed

  “Is love not meant to be expressed in every second that you are breathing the breath of Life itself?”-Judith Kusel This line, penned by a South African author,  grabbed me by the heart and wasn’t about to let go […]

Walking With

  Tonight I interviewed David Bedrick for my show called It’s All About Relationships. He is a therapist who was trained in process oriented psychology and ‘meets clients where they are’, which is what I, as a social worker was […]

Happily Ever Now

I first encountered the remarkable Courtney A. Walsh (CAW) via Facebook and was beckoned into her wondrous wordsmith world immediately. With the same quirkily colorful imagination, she felt like a kindred spirit immediately. I met her this Spring when I drove up to Rhode Island for my […]

T’shuvah

  This Wednesday is Rosh Hashanah, also known as The Jewish New Year. For me as for many others,  it begins a time of reflection and renewal and allows me to look more deeply within to see where I am […]

Available to Love

  “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.  In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning […]

The Heart Is The Home of Wonder

  Breathe in the warmth of this place, allowing yourself to feel a sense of welcome It is your own love, your own beauty that beckons you inside How long has it been, since you have crossed this threshold? The […]

One White Feather

“The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still.”- T-28.I.11:1  A Course in Miracles I am a firm believer in miracles and messages from the Beyond. Nothing the least bit cosmic foo- foo about it. I […]

Metamorphosis

Like most people, I am fascinated with the lovely creatures whose translucent wings lightly flutter as they are carried on a breeze. I watch, mesmerized as they drift to and fro, seemingly without direction. There are times when I feel […]

All I Seek Is Within

  Like many who are reading this article, I have been participating in Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge, which is all about the love that exists within and around us at all times. Sometimes it begins my day […]

Bring the Light In

This meme reminded me of an experience I had several years ago. I was lying on the massage table of my friend Ute Arnold who practices a modality she created called Unergi which is body psychotherapy that speaks to all […]

Ladybug

Today as I was having a ‘business meeting’ around  and in the pool of my friend Robin, I had a visit from a tiny, red being decorated with black spots. A ladybug, or as my Irish friend Jacinta informed me, […]

National Relaxation Day

  Imagine an entire day set aside for the purpose of……doing nuthin’. You wake up and smile, noticing the sun beaming in through your window, with a blank agenda, an empty schedule, nowhere to go; an invitation, instead to be […]

Beshert

  I love this word:  beshert  which is Yiddish for ‘meant to be’. It refers to the heart and soul connection between partners whose reunion is predestined. There is a similar concept in the Gaelic language, called anam cara (soul […]

The Muse Whispers

I am an open book, a page turner, a work in progress; not sure I have ever been a hard cover edition, more likely a paperback novel, with dog-eared pages that have notes in the margins and bent over pages […]

Existential Longing

  Had the inclination to post this on my Facebook page about an hour ago. “Noticing since I had the heart cracking open experience last week, that I have been feeling an existential loneliness that I haven’t had for a […]

How Can This Work Out Best?

www.jennygperry.com  artwork and words by Jenny G. Perry   I imagine you have heard the statement: “We make plans and God laughs.” I have not only heard it, but lived it. This morning, I was having breakfast with two new […]

Behind the Mask

Several years ago, I attended a Goddess Retreat that honored the Divine Feminine aspects of ourselves. One of the activities was body casting and we could choose the ‘parts’ we wanted to keep around for posterity. I had been at two […]

National Friendship Day

  Did you know that today is National Friendship Day? Sunday August 4th is set aside this year to honor those who make such a difference in our lives. My friends are my treasures and I hold them close to […]

Making Memories

“Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.”-Thomas Fuller In the 5th decade of my life, my mind and heart are repositories for all sorts of […]

‘Kneeds’

Ever take time to consider how blessed you are? When I experience spiritual amnesia, I too forget. At the moment, I have my left leg propped up on a pillow, since it has been crying out for my attention over […]

You Are A Star!

Did you ever have an experience of entering a store and an item would simply not let you exit without it coming home with you?  That happened to me yesterday when I walked into  Centre For Vibrant Living Kennett Square, […]

If You See Something

  This morning I saw a powerful line in a thread on Facebook:  “If you see something, say something.” It was related to a man witnessing a dog left in a sweltering car in the parking lot of a restaurant. […]

Mandela Day

  July 18th marks the 95th birthday of a world server, a good soul, a man for whom the Yiddish word ‘mensch’ would be an apt description. As recently as a few weeks, ago the world was holding vigil in […]

Watered Down

  Oh how I used to do this. There were times when I was so ‘watered down’ so as not to ‘make waves’ that you could see right through me, float a boat on my surface, splash about in me~  […]

Amazing Mentors!

Everyone needs a team of emotional cheerleaders.  Are there people in your life that you view as mentors and guides who have blazed a path and shone a light so that you could find your own  way? I have been […]

Jump!

My friend Pamela Madsen shared this image on my Facebook page this morning and it literally jumped out at me since it is what I have been doing a lot of lately. I joke that I don’t skydive or bungee […]

The Path

    “Every time you feel like you should make something happen, replace it with : “Oh, what I really want to do is to allow things to happen.” And then enhance it even further with, “At their own pace. […]

Mind Gardening

  This week as I was passing a local nursery, I saw this written on the marquee': “Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”   I smiled as I […]

Grudge Island

  Today as I was reading a book by SARK called Make Your Creative Dreams Real that was given to me as a gift by my friend Cynthia Perkel since she knows I’m a creative soul, I turned to a […]

Tootsie

    One of my favorite movies  is Tootsie, that made a big splash when it was released in  1982,  as veteran actor Dustin Hoffman plays a dual role of a not-so-successful actor Michael Dorsey turned  sensational actress  Dorothy Michaels in […]

Yes No Maybe So

“Know your yeses, your no’s and your maybes. It makes life a hell of a lot simpler. You can still be flexible. But get to know them. They are there for a reason.”~CAW Simply powerful/powerfully simple words from my friend Courtney […]

Any Road

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which […]

IN-DEEP-IN-DANCE

  On the eve of Independence Day here in the U.S., I am pondering just what it means to enjoy freedom. I could wax philosophical and political about what our Founding Fathers might have been thinking when they signed that […]

House Rules

Earlier in the week, I posed this question on Facebook and was amazed by the responses that came in. Wanting to cull the collective wisdom here again, since you all had such brilliant ideas when I asked a question earlier […]

Birthday Ballerina

A blast from the past sure-fire laugh inducer is Saturday Night Live re-runs; the first few seasons that included Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd,  John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and my favorite, the irrepressible Gilda Radner. […]

The Elements

  This weekend I spent much needed restorative time immersed in nature.  Anticipating it for months, I knew that on the last weekend of June, I would be heading to Happy Tree Farm, which is the home of my friends Stephen and Kathy […]

Same Message

As I was prepping for being a guest on a radio show tonight, I was coming up with topics about which I would be speaking. My intention is to help people live the lives of their dreams and manna-fest their […]

Love Prevails

  Yesterday began like any other for most Americans, unless you were awaiting a monumental Supreme Court decision. As an interfaith minister who marries both same and opposite sex couples, someone with friends of diverse gender and relationship preference and […]

What’s The Matter Here?

  I was following a thread on Facebook that began with this question from radio host DeBora M. Ricks: “Should we spank our children? Is spanking ever the best discipline option? If you care about children, about how we’re treating […]

Worth The Squeeze

  I am always learning something new from my clients in the Drug and Alcohol counseling program where I work as a therapist. Since many of them attend 12 step meetings, I am accustomed to hearing them use what I […]

Apply Within

What if you saw this classified ad in your local paper this morning, as you drank your coffee, tea, chai, juice or in my case- fruit and veggie smoothie? Would your heart leap with delight because you were just waiting […]

The Craft of Improvisation

Inspired by this as posted by art therapist and coach Jennifer Gildred on her Facebook page since it speaks volumes about the courage it takes to be visible Bill Murray  -on his acting teacher Del Close. “Well, he was a […]

Measure It In Miracles

I was inspired by two Facebook postings today and both were so good that I wanted to combine them in one Bliss Blog. The first came from Arielle Ford and the second  from Katrina Mayer. Both are inspiristas  who have a […]

World Sauntering Day

  This is a perfect opportunity to put into inspired action what I shared in my last Bliss Blog entry about ‘multibasking’ vs. multi-tasking. Since there is likely a holiday for every eventuality, today is World Sauntering Day. According to […]

Multi-Basker

‘Crazy-busy’ is often a way I have described my schedule and level of activity over the past 20 years. Some days I have needed to check both my Google calendar and the beautifully decorated spiral bound Celtic knot designed paper version of […]

Habit

  As those who have been reading the Bliss Blog for awhile may know, I wear many hats. Tonight I donned the one that is labeled recovery counselor in a drug and alcohol outpatient program. On Monday nights I offer a group for […]

Love Is The Answer

In the midst of a very late night conversation with my son, this thought kept running through my mind. It’s nothing new and yet, as much as I talk about, teach about, counsel about and write about love, there are […]

Holy Rascal

A few months ago, I was invited to be part of a growing movement, as it were. It meant claiming a part of my identity that I had kept under wraps for far too long and honoring aspects of myself […]

Coming Out To Ourselves

  Have you been huddling in a closet of denial about who you are?  The walls may be paper thin or constructed from cinder block or steel. One thing it does is prevent you from fully living your life. Author, […]

Life Is Large

  This peppy/poppy/folky song by husband and wife duo Pete and Maura Kennedy leapt out at me today and reminded me that my day to day existence is far more than my ever-changing routine, which sounds like an oxymoron,  far […]

Auto Pilot

I was speaking with a retired pilot today and wanted to ask him a question I had wondered about for years that I had heard was so. Is an airplane off course much of the time and requires  moment by moment course correction […]

Leap of Faith

    “Sometimes the only available means of transportation is a leap of faith.”-Margaret Shepherd I have never met this woman, but if I did, I would tell her that her words are brilliant in their simplicity and speak volumes […]

I Am What I Am

When I saw this image a few days ago, it occurred to me that there were times in my life when I was so watered down that I was a like a storm drain through which torrents ran, carried downstream […]

Vibrational Match

  “Offer a vibration that matches your desire rather than offering a vibration that keeps matching what-is.” — Abraham   Esther Hicks has been sharing the collective energy/entity known as Abraham -Hicks since the late 1990’s. I became aware of ‘their’ […]

Creative Companions

  As I’m writing this Bliss Blog entry, I’m sitting at my dining room table with my dear friend Cindy Greb who I have known for 28 years. She is a new Beliefnet  columnist (Blessings Abound) who is visiting back East from her […]

Worthy Accomplishments

  Just finished lunch, from my favorite Chinese buffet near my day job. Cracked open the requisite fortune cookie and these words jumped out at me: “Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them.”  When […]

Mirror Image

    Overheard in the bathroom at the gym recently : there was a young woman who was there with a friend and looked in the mirror and said “I look like shit today.”  My initial inclination was to mind […]

Ecclectic Enthusiast

Recently I was speaking with someone who felt dismayed that she wasn’t able to focus on any one career path, interest or purpose. She referred to herself as a “Doomed Dabbler”, destined to wander aimlessly in the wilderness with no […]

Woo woo vs. Whoohooo!

  Once upon a time, I would have considered some of the events of my life to be  fodder for Twilight Zone episodes, with the theme song (do do do do do do do do~) playing in my head when […]

Magdalene

As I listened to the sophomore release (her first CD  which debuted in 2010 is called Red Dress)  of New York City by way of Baltimore singer songwriter Karyn Oliver, I thought of it  as ‘the many moods of KO’ , […]

Vision and Obsession

  “If your vision’s not your obsession than it might as well be a delusion.”-Robin Sharma According to his website, Robin Sharma is “the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling  books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No […]

Presentation and Perception

  Recently I was in conversation with a woman who by most standards, is stunningly beautiful; tall and statuesque, well groomed and decked out…..and yet….she has inner hammering thoughts that say she isn’t thin enough and attractive enough. She is nearly […]

Time In A Bottle

  As I was sitting in a wooden pew, a few rows behind my best friend Barb and her family; we honored the life and passing of her father, Ralph. A little more than a month earlier, we were gathered around […]

Cheerful Basic Goodness Day

I read this article by Miriam Hall, on another site for which I write, called Elephant Journal The Basic Goodness Manifesto: I trust in my own and others’ goodness. I know that caring changes everything. I trust my heart. I […]

Mother Knows Better

If you are of  ‘a certain age’, you may remember the show from the 1960’s called Father Knows Best. While that may be so, in s0me cases, it is the contention of veteran journalist and award winning author Patti Murphy […]

Filling Instead of Feeling

  As I was interviewing fertility advocate, and sex educator, Pamela Madsen on my Blog Talk Radio show called It’s All About Relationships, we were speaking about insatiablilty, eating disorders, body image and sexuality. She was mentioning the ways in […]

Practical Prayer For Real Results

“Your word is the power you have to create. Your word is the gift that comes directly from God.”-don Miguel Ruiz Do you believe in answered prayer?  I do. I see it. I feel it. I experience it in my […]

Bee- You -Tea- Full

On Sunday, I had a close encounter of the apiary kind; well fortunately, only one resident visited me. I was at an interfaith gathering at Pebble Hill Church in Doylestown, PA.The purpose was to network with other spiritual communities. As I was […]

Chakra Goddess-Jo Jayson

I connected with artist Jo Jayson via a mutual friend and was immediately drawn into her magical world, with lush, vivid colors and mystical imagery. Since part of my own spiritual practice acknowledges the Divine Feminine, it felt completely natural […]

Pink Moon

  The night sky above my house (and maybe yours too, depending on where you are at the moment) is illuminated with a gorgeous full moon, also known as the Pink Moon. The hue is not really pink but: “Pink […]

Full Up

I’m sure you’ve heard the question:  Is the the glass half full or half empty? The response you give might indicate if  you are an optimist or pessimist in terms of the way you view life and the circumstances you […]

Down A Long Road: Honoring Richie Havens

  Yesterday, the music and social justice community on Earth lost a peace troubador and the one in Heaven welcomed him with open arms and I imagine greeted him and blessed him for a job well done.  Richie Havens, whose great big […]

Reverb

Today is Earth Day, celebrated for the first time  in 1970, when I was 12 years old. This eco-friendly, environmentally conscious, tree hugging, gracefully aging hippie, celebrates it every day, leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible. I reduce-re-use-recycle whatever I […]

Savior Behavior

  I  am thrilled  to say that my invisible Wonder Woman cape and tights are in the Jeep (along with my faerie wings, which are tangible and colorful)… and I don them less often these days. Once upon a time, they were […]

Spiritual Gangstahhhh

This image was posted on the Facebook page of Charlotte D. Piper and I knew I just had to scoop it up and claim that identity for myself as well. She defines it in this way: “Spiritual Gangster: One who […]

Help Wanted

Help Wanted:   Urgently need men and women to hold the light and show compassion, love and kindness in their choices and actions.    No age restrictions, work from home or anywhere in the world.   Incomprehensible compensation and unsurpassed reward program.    Pre-approved.   […]

It’s In Every One Of Us

  Once again, the world is rocked by a shocking event on a day that ‘should’ have been celebratory; one on which well trained athletes brought their vibrant spirits and strong bodies to engage in friendly competition. Instead, as a […]

Daily Delight

  My friend Sandy Levenson posted this image on her Facebook page just now after seeing it at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia, PA and it jumped out at me as a wonderful way to do business. Sandy’s business model could […]

Whirling About

  My life is often awhirl with activity; on any given day, it looks like work and play swirled like cream in coffee. Even though it is bliss-filled, it is sometimes exhausting. All winter long, I have maintained good health, […]

What Happens If I….

EVERY QUESTION IS AUTOMATICALLY ANSWERED THE MOMENT YOU FEEL ITS PRESENCE. TO KNOW THE ANSWER IS TO WELCOME THE PEOPLE WHO SHOW YOU YOURSELF. These powerful words usher you into the book entitled The What Happens If I Book…How To […]

Rich Gift

  My birth name is Edie and throughout my life, I would have the frustrating experience of having it mispronounced and/or mis-spelled in such a way that if someone didn’t know who was being referred to, would have thought I […]

Grok

  “It would take centuries and he must grow and grow and grow, but he was in no hurry—he grokked that Eternity and the ever-beautifully-changing Now were identical.” Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land One of my forever-now-eternal […]

The Red Red Robin

This morning as I was in the kitchen, preparing breakfast and packing lunch for work today, I heard a distinct rhythmic thump-thump-thump on my living room window. I walked over to see a robin red breast rapidly tapping its wings […]

Jedi In Training

I am proud to be a Star Wars geek. I watched all of the episodes, although I do have a special place in my heart for the first three released in the later 70’s-early 80’s. The first movie entitled Episode IV  […]

Try A Little Kindness

  I saw this video posted on the Vivid Life website which is another of the homes for my writing and Blog Talk Radio show called It’s All About Relationships. It was the perfect reminder of how, despite appearances, we may never […]

Fooling Yourself

  “It’s APRIL’s FOOLS Day.. Where are you fooling yourself that you are unworthy, undeserving, unloved or unable to reach for what you dream of????”-Jan Schneider This silly holiday celebrated world wide has its origin 7 centuries ago. “The custom […]

Ask For What You Want

Wise words from Maya Angelou and on the surface, quite simple. It begs the question: why then is it so challenging to do?  While some of us  have the first part of the verbal equation down, when it comes to opening our […]

Sally Up The Alley

Today, my darling mother would have been 89 years old…hard to imagine at times. Even harder to wrap my mind around the idea that she has been in Spirit for 2  1/2 years. She ‘left the building’ (kinda like Elvis […]

Fried Matzah

Tonight is the first night of Passover; the annual holiday in the Jewish religion that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. Most who are reading this may be familiar with the Hollywood-ized version in the movie The Ten Commandments or those who […]

Messages From Mother

  Have you ever heard a calling, a whisper from Mother Nature/Gaia who invited you to pay attention to what was happening around you and make a positive difference?  Mare Cromwell who refers to herself as “a plant intuitive, sacred […]

Holey Shirt, Batman

  Some events give me hope for the future and a sense that young people have growing social conscience. When I read this story on my Facebook stream yesterday, it had me smiling with wonder and delight about the ways […]

Mind Games

I am feeling a sense of relief with a situation I have been fretting over recently. I sometimes find myself (or lose myself) in hamster wheel spinning over certain events over which I have no control. Once I take care […]

Stuff and Nonsense

  What a brilliant man Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was!  Not sure what factors went into creating the phantasmagorical mind of his, but as a child of the 60’s I was enthralled and entertained by his word […]

International Day of Happiness

I was so excited to hear from my Laughter Yoga teacher friend Peggy Tileston, that this Wednesday is a newly minted holiday. It’s one that I would love to have honored 365 days a year and really it could be […]

Perception Deficit Disorder

  At any given moment, it seems like I have a gazillion thoughts running rampant in my mind. They sometimes remind me of pick up stix.  I have heard that the human brain experiences approximately 70,000 thoughts every day.  Sometimes they […]

Blessons

My new word too, Karen.  Each day, we are faced with change and choice. While we may have no choice about the circumstances that come our way, we always have the option to determine via our free will, what we […]

Compartmentalizing

  Someone said today that he compartmentalized his life to the point that he is running out of compartments. Boy, could I ever relate!  It reminds me of the cubbies that we had in kindergarten where we stashed our lunchboxes, […]

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Its cerulean blue, white puffy clouds behind a leaping and shouting high energy dude on the cover is the perfect welcome to the world of “Billy Fingers”, a nickname for William Cohen who died in a car accident a few years earlier.  What […]

Bully vs. Ally

  Tonight in my job as a therapist in a drug and alcohol oupatient treatment center, I facilitated my weekly Women’s Group. The topic of negative self talk came up and the ways in which it sabotagued their successes and […]

Breakfast, Lunch And Hugs

  If you are ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a must-see location is Tim’s Place where the motto is Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs. I recently  heard of Tim Harris and his one of a kind restaurant that immediately appealed to […]

Who Are You?

  The headline reminds me of the Who song I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) C’mon tell me who are you? (Who are you? […]

Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine

  I am holding this book called Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine as a result of one those Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb trail experiences that so delight me. A few years ago, I was part of the Next Top Spiritual […]

A Little Bit Of Everything

  On the day you were born, an entire life buffet was spread out before you, with sumptuous experiences waiting in the wings. Somewhere in the recesses of your newborn brain and ageless soul, you knew this, since you were […]

A Beautiful Day

  I was inspired by two influences today; one visual and the other auditory. I woke up this morning to the sonic serenade of Irish rockers U2 offering forth with their 2000 hit   A Beautiful Day. My window view is […]

Being Cradled in God’s Arms

  I had written in a previous Bliss Blog entry called Praying With God that my sense of the Divine is that we are of God and God is of us. Call it a God-spark if you will, or essence or […]

Praying With God

  It came to me a few days ago as I was sitting in services at Circle of Miracles that perhaps praying to God is not the same thing as praying with God, since for me, God is not an […]

Routine and Ritual

  This morning as I was prepping to go to work, it occurred to me that I get dressed in the same order every day. Underwear, bra, pants, blouse/shirt/sweater, socks, shoes, jewelry, makeup, coat and gloves  (depending on the weather) and […]

Willing To Exhale

    This morning, my friend Shaun Stephenson sent me a message in response to an article I had written about sexuality/spirituality. I had told her that I was stretching comfort zones by exploring that realm in writing, not because […]

One Billion Rising

According to the website One Billion Rising: ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.* ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION On February 14th, people […]

Daddy’s Girl

  Before the sun has peeked its late Winter’s beams from behind clouds and the stars have melted back into the black, I am offering Birthday greetings to a man who would have been 89 today.   A fitting time to be […]

I’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ride the way back machine in both directions in the presence of a multi-generational audience that sang, danceed, swayed, clapped, smiled and laughed with delight to the words and music of septugenarian musician and […]

Lifter Upper-er

In one way or another, we are all hoisted on the shoulders of the ones who came before us, like a child rising above the crowd on those of a parent, the better to watch the parade pass by. Many’s the time […]

Living Slowly

Ever listen to a CD by  musicians who were not on your radar screen and find yourself entranced by its charm? The entire recording by an unusually named group; Helen’s Funeral Band feels like a caress. Combine the silky voiced sounds reminiscent […]

Draining or Sustaining?

  What if you had a decision to make that involved your livelihood, relationships, your health, where you live, who you choose to have in your circles, or whether to pursue new ventures?  How would you face it? Daily, I […]

The Luminous Broadcast

  Imagine  light and energy beaming out from you, radiating in all directions, careening about people around you, even if you don’t speak or have physical contact. Do you wonder what impact that might have? This morning, I had the opportunity to […]

Heart to Heart

  This morning before I headed out the door, I donned a red shirt and red socks. It goes beyond liking the vibrant, energizing, fire-y color and stands as a symbol of something vital. Today is National Wear Red Day, […]

Next

Lately my life has felt much like the I Love Lucy episode in which she and Ethel are working at a candy factory and their job is to wrap the bon bons as they initially coast and then speed down […]

Life Gets Lifey

Today as I was facilitating a recovery group at my ‘day job’ as an addictions counselor and going around the circle as people were checking in and sharing how things had been for them since our last meeting, one of […]

Irrev Rev

Everyone should have a mentor; someone to inspire them, to challenge them, to hold them accountable and help them laugh their way through life challenges. I am blessed to have one such in the form of a British born, Brixton […]

Answered Prayers

Prayer is a moment to moment practice for me, since I have come to sense that it is related to thought. What if prayer wasn’t something that only or primarily occurs in a structure such as a church, synagogue, temple […]

Rebel Thriver

  There isn’t a person on the planet who has escaped loss, challenge and change, since it is the nature of human existence. Nothing stays the same, impermanence is the name of the game. The question is “how do we […]

Children Full of Life

    “Let people live in your heart. When people really listen, they live in your heart forever.”-Toshiro Kanamori What difference can one man make in the lives of so many? This morning, while watching a  portion of a video […]

Luscious Living

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life by Dawna Markova  I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open […]

SpiritYOUality

One of the wondrous souls I have welcomed into my life, Candace Smolowe always brings a smile to my face and lights up my heart when our paths cross. It seems I have known her forever. Yesterday, she was the speaker/spark […]

Self Esteem Ice Cream

Several years ago, I was working as a guidance counselor in the Quakertown, PA school district (K-6) and once a week met with a group of 5th grade girls who, like most tweens, had issues around self image and the […]

Hopscotch In The Alley

Today is my cousin Jody Rosenblum’s birthday. Dubbing herself my “older and wiser cousin” many years ago, she has been my go-to girl for all manner of adolescent and adult angsts. Her guidance is always grounded, solid, spiritual and often tinged […]

Roots Go Deep

Today I experienced an inevitable life event; the funeral of a dear cousin whose mother and my grandmother were sisters; two of the thirteen Bernstein siblings who grew up in Philadelphia in the last century. Ron and my mother were […]

Hokey Pokey

      “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to […]

Rising Path

“Take each step with love and radical honesty. The path will rise to meet your feet in most unexpected ways.”- Jacob Nordby In this moment, as I am typing these words, I am bringing to mind the meandering path that […]

Investing In The Present, Leaping Into The Future

“Sometimes the “responsible” choice is to be “irresponsible.” When I left my career, I invested retirement money in my present instead of my future. I knew my present would create my future. And it did. I needed to be alive […]

Surrounded By Beauty

  Today was one of those days during which I was immensely grateful for full sensory living. I awoke to the sun streaming in my bedroom window, stretching into the morning. Cheerios and strawberries drenched in soy milk for breakfast. […]

Enough Is Enough

  Tonight after a sweaty ‘playout’ at the gym, I was washing my face and a woman about a decade older than me limps into the bathroom, smiling and grimacing simultaneously. Knowing nods passed between us and she commented the […]

The Map To Love

What if you were offered a map/guide/compass to this land called Love in which you could immerse yourself in its healing waters, scale its beautiful peaks, traverse its rainforests,  drinking in the luscious aromas, sweet sounds and tantalizing sensations?  Would […]

Love of Learning

  Reading has always been one of my favorite activities; since my childhood obsession with books. Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss and Highlights Magazine lined book shelves in our house. Trips to the library and book stores were welcome treats. […]

Shiny New Year

  After 8 hours of intense dream laden sleep, I am feeling refreshed, energized and relaxed all at once. Two NYE parties hosted by friends, filled with pot luck food, music, dancing, drumming, hugging, catching up, laughing and toasting to […]

Creative Conscience: An Interview With Ilanna Sharon Mandel

                                                                                  Artist, writer and creative soul Ilanna Sharon Mandel finds in each day an opportunity to use her gifts and talents for the betterment of the planet. Whether it is photographing  nature,  writing about the concept of tikkun olam […]

Are You In Love?

Love is a birthing and sustaining Force, the impetus for all creation, the companion on the life path that we all traverse. We are taught that it looks a certain way and reflects particular types of relationships. It is my […]

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

As we are immersed in holiday time, many folks are still scrambling to think of the perfect gift to give to family and friends. Colorful wrappings and ribbons that have already or will adorn boxes and bags, will be torn and strewn […]

Share Love Now

                                                      A few days ago, this beautiful image came across my computer screen. I was drawn to it for many reasons. The first thing I noticed was that it reminded me of a shaddai  or hamsa (Hand of God) which […]

Spiritual Rave

Although it might feel sacreligous to some, imagine a spiritual rave during which you are called on to the dance floor with music spun by Divine DJ’s. Jesus, The Buddha, Yemaya, Kwan Yin and Shiva are rockin’ the house with their […]

Love Can Heal The World

  What if you knew that there was a Force on the planet, the emanation of which could cure, heal, save, adjust, free, re-rebuild lives? And furthermore, what if it was free as the wind and available to everyone?  Would […]

Orbs

  A few weeks ago I was leading a retreat for a group of people who were looking to manifest major life changes. For five days, we gathered together to share our dreams and desires, as well as  support each other […]

Anticipation

  Photo credit Cynthia Greb 2012   Like many people, I have been feeling the effects of what is referred to in my circles as ‘the Shift’. It shows up for me as sleeplessness, really intense dreams that are sometimes […]

Hardwired For Joy!

created with love by Lore Raymond     The Universe has a wondrous sense of timing, as I smiled with delight when seeing this image a few days ago on Facebook friend, Lore Raymond’s page. Life is my playground and I […]

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 […]

Stretchy Heart

As usually happens, my friend Jacob Nordby has wise words to share, whether they come from his own vivid imagination or from the pen of another beloved writer such as A.A. Milne. When I saw this on his Facebook page, […]

Here Right Now

  One of my favorite genres of music is known as singer-songwriter in which the one who pens the words and vocalizes is also a consummate story teller. The mark of a talented artist is the ability to open doors […]

The Lotus in the Mud

“There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus,” Thich Nhat Hanh.  This entry is not for the squeamish since some of the descriptions […]

Best Foot Forward

  Just returned from leading a 5 day retreat on the subject of calling into our lives that which we desire, perhaps in the face of the naysaying thoughts, the old worn out beliefs and the ever so busy monkey […]

How Loved You Are

  Have you ever stopped to consider that you are loved….really and truly, without a doubt, totally adored by a Universe that just wants to send you mushy, gushy Valentines every day of your life? Yeh, I know that there […]

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 […]

Sensitivity

Has anyone ever said these 3 words to you that had you feeling dimissed, discounted, put down or misunderstood:  “You’re too sensitive.”? In a workshop I am teaching this week,  at Grail Springs,  the subject  came up when we were speaking […]

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 […]

Blessed Bigtime

The morning after Thanksgiving, fingers tapping out a flowing rhythm on the keyboard, I am basking in the glow of a clean house that continues to reverberate with the laughter and love that filled it yesterday. Family of choice crossed […]

Glorious Gratitudinosity

  Sitting here in a quiet house, save the sound of the dryer tossing around damp clothes and towels.  Two candles are brightly burning on the pass-through between the kitchen and the dining room that tomorrow will be the portal through […]

One Wild And Precious Life

    The Summer Day Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who […]

The Climb

  I have long been both a ‘go-getter’ and ‘go-giver'; one who is seemingly always on the move and also in service to others, sometimes to my own detriment. I have used my God-given gifts to support myself and my […]

Resurrection Day

To say that I am head over heels in love with this newest release from former Philly local (now in upstate NY) artists, Kim and Reggie Harris, is an understatement.  I was introduced to their music in the 1980’s when […]

Serenity Prayer

I can’t begin to convey how many times a day these words run through my sometimes way over-active mind, like oars in a rapidly running river, pushing away the water and propelling me forward as gracefully as possible. In some instances, the tide threatens […]

Slumber Party

  As I am writing this entry, I am curled up in a chair  in a room at The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. My roomates, Ruth Anne Wood and Kaya John and I have been chatting and giggling for hours about all […]

World Kindness Week

  “This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” -His Holiness the Dalai Lama   Did you know that […]

Blessed Are The Weird

My friend and fellow wordsmith Jacob Nordby (author of The Divine Arsonist) has created a sensation with these simple phrases that have been showing up all over the internet.  There is a method to his madness as he and sister […]

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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 ...

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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 »

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 be up at a certain time, since ...

posted 10:32:26am Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

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 ...

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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 festive feel to it, like being wrapped in ...

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