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My Cup Runneth Over

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

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Attention

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

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Why I Write

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

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Unrealistic Dreams

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

Book Lovers Unite!

  I was excited, delighted and totally jazzed to read that the first Saturday in November  is declared Book Lovers Day. I was nurtured on nouns, weaned on words, swaddled in synoyms, well versed in verbs and bathed in books…metaphorically speaking, […]

Positive Attitude Month

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

Your Passion Chooses You

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

Mirror of Life: Kayla Finlay

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

Spiritual-i-tease

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

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 […]

Door to the Divine

“This moment is the door to the divine.”- Osho     Writing this blog entry at a time when I would normally be asleep, but at the moment, am resonating with accoustically induced ‘ananda’ . (Sanskrit for bliss…obviously one of my favorite […]

A Job Well Done

                                                                                                                                    Although I am avid PC user (never having owned a MAC), I see the immense value in the creative genius of a man who moved on to whatever awaited him on the other side.  Steve Jobs died […]

Something Special

                                                                                                On Saturday, I was running some errands and found myself in a Rite-Aid that was undergoing renovations. Meandering around, checking out the construction; one of the women working there asked if I was seeking something special. At first I […]

The Flower Of My Heart

                                                                                         Holding the book, The Flower of My Heart: Expressing Love to the World Through Art, I can feel the love resonating, reverberating, oozing, radiating, pulsing through it and from it. At the risk of sounding like a human thesaurus, […]

Squeezing The Stars

                         Although we have not yet met face to face in this lifetime, I feel as if Courtney Walsh is a creative kindred spirit,  and soul sistah whose astonishing way with words, sets my heart to dancing. I […]

Blissipline

                                                             Rob Breszny is the author of one of my favorite books, called Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings . It is a divinely decadent treat, a reverently […]

Celebrate Your Life

What would it be like to be in a room filled with elevated energy, abuzz with conversation about world healing, life enhancing concepts?  Imagine connecting with kindred spirits from all corners and curves of the globe; a multi-cultural feast for […]

Playing For Change Day

I initially heard about Playing For Change a few years ago, when, with delight, I listened to the Bob Marley song “One Love” and Ben E. King’s classic, “Stand By Me”,  that were performed, patchwork quilt style by gifted musicians […]

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 […]

Calling Alex

                                                                         As a music lover in the 80’s, I sang along to, bopped along to, danced along to the iconic song with the memorable telephone number 867-5309 /Jenny (no area code..hmmmm) and only last week did I learn […]

Read A New Book Month

                                                                     Books delight me, entice me, tickle me, inform me, entertain me, enlighten me, are spiritual nourishment, keep my brain sharp, introduce me to new concepts. Quite simply, I can’t imagine a life that is not filled to the […]

One Minute Mindfulness

                                                    Although there is alot to love about Donald Altman’s latest book entitled One minute Mindfulness: 50 simple ways to find peace, clarity, and new possibilities in a stressed-out world, my favorite portion opens the door for what follows:  […]

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 […]

The Blessings Already Are

                                                   As Spirit often does, it guided me to attend services, this past Sunday at one of the interfaith communities of which I am a part. I was delighted to disover that Lou Tenaglia was what we call the […]

Wiggle Your Toes Day

                                                  Did you know that August 6th is considered Wiggle Your Toes Day?  I just discovered this important holiday and will celebrate it in grand style:)  Lest we take these 10 little appendages for granted, imagine what it would be […]

Preparation

                                                    Saw this quote today from Oprah (the one-named wonder who has become synonymous with reinvention, re-creation and transformation) “Nothing about my life is lucky. Nothing. A lot of grace, a lot of blessings, a lot of divine order, […]

XPoNential Bliss

                                           Baked by the sun, immersed in rhythm, rhyme and harmony, surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of summer; I spent the weekend in musical heaven at an annual event hosted by NPR member supported University of Pennsylvania based […]

Teach Me How To Love

                                                                          Another one of those Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb trail experiences as I write a review for a newly released book, ‘written through’  troubador, minister, singer-songwriter, humorist, stand-up comedian Scott Kalechtstein Grace.  The colorful paperback treasure is called […]

Birth Pangs

                                                    Last week, I sent  my ‘first best seller’ called The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary to my publisher, with an Autumn release date in the works. Divine timing since I was born then […]

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. […]

Ahh And Awe

                                          When the world is too much with me and I want a reminder that it is all an illusion, I call up my friend Peter Moses. A teacher by profession and inclination, he seems to channel […]

The Face of God

                                                                        I have known my friend Janet Berkowitz since the early 1980’s when she laughed and hugged her way into my life via our mutual friend Alan Cohen. Back then, she held a secret that I didn’t know about […]

Sonic Steam Bath

                                                                      First night of 4th of July weekend, in vacay mode, I headed down Broad Street into Center City Philly with my friend Ondreah to attend what I just knew would be an amazing evening. Combine the ingredients of kirtan, kindred spirits, […]

It’s Who You Know

                                                                           I find inspiration at all times of day or night and in all circumstances. Lately, it has arrived, special delivery while I am striding on the elliptical at Planet Fitness (a.k.a. The Judgment Free Zone) . Would that I […]

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 […]

Hmmmm

                                                                                       Mental meanderings and musings this evening. There are times when I compose the Bliss Blog a week in advance and then there are occasions, like this morning, when in the midst of  what felt like spacy twilight zone […]

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. […]

Charge Of The Star Goddess

                                                                       I was visiting my friend Cindy Greb this past weekend and found myself in her healing room that has the feeling of a haven, a cave of repose where one can come and let go of the cares of the world. […]

Hug It Forward

                                                Last Sunday, I attended an event called Raise The Vibration which was held at Independence Mall in Philadelphia. A month or so earlier, I had picked up a pastel colored postcard with an image of Kwan Yin who is […]

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 […]

Pure Imagination

                                                                      I love ritual. It grounds me and helps me to feel more connected to the Divine. One unusual ritual in which I engage each Tuesday night is going to my ‘gym ashram’ to ‘sweat my prayers in the key of  Glee’. […]

Complimentary Love

                                                                               Even though I am chronological adult; at age 52, one of my favorite radio programs is called Kids Corner played on WXPN 88.5 , broadcast out of the University of Pennsylvania.  The ‘big kid’ host is the ever […]

Transformational Magic Power

                                                                               Lately I have been questioning just what it is that I have to offer readers, clients and students by way of synthesizing life experience into a meaningful and portable ‘life skills’ package.  Along comes a Huffington Post entry […]

Whispering Echoes

                                                                              A new friend named Bobi Watson; a yoga teacher and swimming instructor from Wildood Crest, New Jersey posted this bit of wisdom on facebook and I knew it was going to be fodder for a Bliss Blog entry. “A compilation of whispering echos […]

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 […]

Modern Muse

Are you inspired by life?  Do you find delight in simply observing what  goes on moment by moment and can you glean magic and beauty from that?  Giselle Koy, who refers to herself as a Modern Muse is adept at weaving wonder  and […]

Tapestry

                                                                                                                   On a sun streaming in through my window Saturday morning, before typing this blog, I asked for a bit of inspiration, since there are so many fascinating things about which to write. I was listening to my favorite radio station […]

The Love Foundation

                                 In 2006, I had  submitted an essay into a  contest with the theme “Love Begins With Me” for Global Love Day.  A short while after I sent it in, I received an email from the Founder of the organization, a […]

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 […]

Enchanted World

  I am in awe when people take their creative gifts and pour forth beauty and magic, dousing the world in delight.  Amy Zerner and Monte Farber do just that. I encountered their creations years ago, and was beckoned into […]

Born Artist

  I initially met Phyllis Elizabeth Wright  (a.k.a. Liz) nearly 6 years ago and she has become a dear friend and creative Muse. She and I are part of a group of women who meet annually for a Goddess Retreat […]

Love Flavors Everything

This past Sunday, I was attending services at Circle of Miracles, an interfaith community in Doylestown, PA.  There I was surrounded by loving kindred spirits as we listened with rapt attention to my friend David Young share his sparks of […]

Puzzle Pieces

Today I was inspired by something I witnessed at my job as a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. One of the patients, a highly educated, professional woman was putting together a multi piece jigsaw puzzle of a house on an […]

Thriver

I met Janet Berkowitz back in the mid 1980’s through our mutual friend; author and speaker Alan Cohen. A group of us had been invited to her home to watch the classic Franco Zeffirelli film Brother Sun, Sister Moon. I […]

National Hugging Day

Imagine a world in which everyone who would like to do so, could experience nurturing touch on a daily basis. How many hugs do you share each day?  For most people, the number is stunningly low.  According to family therapist […]

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 […]

And The Year Has Just Begun

  New Year’s weekend 2004 into 2005, I began a ritual that I want to   continue for the rest of this earthly incarnation…and maybe beyond.   It was an out- of- the ordinary weekend in many ways. A retreat […]

Techno Cosmic Mass

Last weekend, I engaged in an event that was choreographed by a group of talented people, many of whom I have known for more than 20 years.  I am part of  several interfaith communities in the Philadelphia area. One is […]

Winter Solstice

  The Birth of The Divine Child As winter’s darkness descends, our hearts tremble. But is it of fear or celebration? Dread of the shadow or anticipation of the Light? Ask of the voice within that knows all things for […]

The Home Of Wonder

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 […]

Awakened Artist

 Tama J. Kieves is the bestselling author of THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All!) She is the founder of Awakening Artistry and a sought-after speaker and […]

Unwritten

Doing some reminsicing lately. Thinking back to a time a few years ago, when I received a message from a sweet voiced woman who identified herself as Florence Simons. She asked if I did clowning. I figured she was interested in […]

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 […]

Flowers Are Red

Children are naturally creative.  We come into the world (in most cases), with senses fully alive. We take in the the Universe through them; smelling, tasting, touching, hearing and seeing what is around us. We are industrious and think outside […]

Blissful Butterfly

Butterflies symbolize metamorphosis, new beginnings, coming out of hibernation into re-birth. Stories abound of transformational tales; one such is called “Bliss” written  and illustrated by multi-cultural author Dorreya Wood.  I found it to be a sweetly simple and profound book […]

Enchanted Makeovers

Generosity of the heart is free as the wind.  One wise woman and her merry band of volunteers have hearts that overflow with the spirit of givng and love. Terry Grahl is the founder of a remarkable organization called Enchanted Makeovers. Her […]

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 […]

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Love Is All I Am
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