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Receivability

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

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Bringing Out The Best

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

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Where You Look

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

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Neverending Love

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

Smart and Curious

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

Soul Gardeners

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

My Parents’ Daughter

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

Dress It Up, Mess It Up, Bless It Up

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

Divine Lunacy

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

Everyday Miracles

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

Kindness Boomerang

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

With Abandon

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

From Oy-full to Joyful

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

Wake Up Call

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

New Years Revolution

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

Feathers On The Breath of God

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

Love, Light And Latkes

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

The Birth of the Divine Child

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

On Butterfly Wings

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

My Cup Runneth Over

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

The Present of Presence

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

Creative Crisis Care

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

The Seeds We Sow

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

Whatya Know?

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

Light of Seven Mornings

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

Time And A Sense of Wonder

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

Wiggly Lines

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

Attention

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

Musitarian

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

Message Music

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

Gratitude Overflow

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

Sweet Surrender

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

What If?

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

Smiling at God

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

Finding New Pathways

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

Restoring Life’s Missings Pieces

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

Empowered

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

What Is Death? Messages From The Heart

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

Something Wonderful

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

Positive Attitude Month

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

What A Difference A Year Makes

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

Entering Eldering

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

Global Oneness Day

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

Gratitude Fest

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

Spiritual-i-tease

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

How Much Better Does It Get Than This?

                                                                                                                                     My friend Annette Kroninger shared a story that brilliantly illustrates the power of our thoughts. She had been in the presence of a woman who had the experience that follows. This woman was walking down the street and […]

Equinox Redux

                                                                                                                               Part two of the Equinox celebration at Happy Tree Farm (part one was described in yesterday’s Bliss Blog) saw a group of us gathered under a tent next to the magical lake that has healing properties, not only […]

Equinox

                                                                                       Here in the Northeastern part of the United States, celebration of the Autumn Equinox is heralded with the vivid paintbrush dipped in rich hues dappling of leaves, vines and whipping in the wind, corn stalks.  The juxtaposition was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emotional Ground Zero

                                                   September 11th, 2001 began like any other day for me, as a Social Worker in a nursing home in Philadelphia. I had walked into the dining room on my floor where some of the Residents were finishing their […]

Noityoulove

                                                                           No, my computer isn’t confused, nor am I writing in gibberish..although it is fun to speak in gibberish:)  Last month, my friend Rev. Gary Culp was what we call the Speaker/Spark at Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA.  For 18 years, […]

You’re Perfect

                                                              What if you knew that you were ‘perfect’, as is…without judgment or condemnation? Once upon a challenging day, a young man named Benjamin Smythe had what I think of as a ‘God-vers-ation’. What emerged was the idea […]

Cookie Face

                                                                          Life is all about juxtaposition. Light and dark, laughter and tears, sadness and joy; blended together in a huge mixing bowl, stirred by the celestial chef. Today was such a day in which the bowl was filled […]

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 […]

A Little Bit of Everything

                                                                           What is it about your life that has you sometimes scratching your head in bewilderment, with a ‘thought bubble’ over it, that has the word “Huh?” encased within,  and at others, literally jumping for joy like a little kid […]

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 […]

Miracle Mama

                                                                             A few days ago, I had sent birthday wishes to my friend Kalie Marino via facebook which has beome a primary medium to connect with friends whether I have only met them that way or, like Kalie; have known […]

Friendship Day

                                                       The way I see it, everyday is Friendship Day, but in 1935, the U.S. Congress saw fit to declare it a national holiday on the first Sunday in August. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie – […]

The Gratitude Power Workbook

                                                                                       If there is an address at which I would most desire to live, it would have gratitude in the street name, since I have discovered that the road to a life of pleasure and passion, purpose and love, success and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Reclaiming Aphrodite

                                                                     Aphrodite is known as the Greek Goddess of beauty, love and sexuality. As the story goes, she rose fully formed from the sea.  Her lovers were many. Clearly, she was a woman who knew her own power. As I am typing this, […]

Angelic Artist

  I learned about Texas based artist Anthony Rivera after I saw a posting on facebook about this remarkable young man with a unique perspective on the world. I was blown away by the imagery that comes, not merely from paint […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gratitude Dance

                                                                                     Ever have a challenge getting your juices flowing in the morning?  No, I don’t mean orange, apple or cranberry. I’m referring to the get up and go that has you leaping out of bed and into a new day, […]

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 […]

A Wish Come True

When you wish upon a star….. dreams come true. What happens when you bring together a svelte, youthful looking octogenarian whose desire was to take a long distance truck trip and a singer-songwriter, interfaith minister, handy-woman, retired truck driver?  The […]

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 […]

What I Wish I Knew

                                                                                                                                           Turn the clock back 3 decades ago  to January of 1981 and a young woman is sitting perched on a stool in 3/4 profile. Her waist length hair is flowing like a waterfall across her shoulders that are […]

What We Carry

My friend Joel Metzger posted this story on facebook and like everything else in my life, and perhaps yours as well, it was perfecly timed. Read and discover if this is indeed so. Once there was a young man who […]

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 […]

Needs

This is one of those ‘confessional’ blog entries in which I come out of the closet and acknowlege that I am….oh my gosh….human. I present as someone who is confident, self assured, independent, a self starter. Once I get on […]

Greater Gift

One of the things that I love about being the scribe for the Bliss Blog is that it keeps me real, vulnerable and transparent and offers permission for others to do the same. That’s part of the message today. Sometimes, despite our best […]

L’dor Vador

L’dor Vador: ‘From Generation to Generation’ is a common statement in Judaism, indicating that traditions are handed down in that manner, shared like spiritual chicken soup to nourish body and soul.   I grew up in a family in which […]

Patchwork Quilt

Last weekend, I attended a memorial service for a college era friend named Mario Cavallini who died on 12/30 in a motor vehicle accident. His wife Sondra Ball had died earlier in the year.  Another friend, Beverly, was with him in the car and now is in […]

Infinite Love and Gratitude Dude

I am the joy of meeting Dr. Darren Weissman a few years ago, when he came to Philadelphia  from his home base of Chicago,to speak at a two day workshop with Gregg Braden . This man glowed like no one I […]

A Thanksgiving Feast

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? For many people, it is about gathering together with loved ones around a table, filled to overflowing with all manner of delectable food. Perhaps it brings to mind the onset of the holiday hustle […]

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 […]

Barnet Bain

  The photo that welcomes the viewer on Barnet Bain’s webpage seems to personify the energy that fairly oozes from a man whose film credits include What Dreams May Come, (starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciora), The Celestine Prophecy, Jesus, as […]

An Unending Love

  In the early 1990’s I happened upon a man whose words captured me from the pages of a book that had literally fallen off the shelf into my waiting hands. It was about a Jewish approach to 12 step […]

Soulshaper: Jeff Brown

  Jeff Brown is a sculptor and his medium consists of nouns and verbs that he lovingly carves with finely honed tools. The results are exquisite word creations that truly belong in a museum. I am in awe each time […]

Celestial Chimes

  Sitting on my Mom’s South Florida screen porch mid afternoon. Light breeze is wafting through the fronds of my favorite palm tree that stands like a guardian at the door. Engaged in conversation, imagining that we are on the […]

Ani Kaspar- Pelicans, Coconuts & Butterflies

  Ani Kaspar’s greatest bliss is “living deeply, wholly and magnificently my true Self, or my authentic Soul, moment to moment, breath to breath. An unbound life of freedom, grace and love is who I am as a blissful embodiment […]

Always In Addition: Rabbi Joseph Gelberman

  It may seem odd to be writing about the death of someone inspiring under the category of My Personal Bliss, but not so, when you read further. In 1997, I became aware of a man named Rabbi Joseph Gelberman […]

Soul Recognition

  One of the occupational hazards that comes part and parcel with being a writer, is that I rarely experience things just ‘for me’. In the midst of nearly any experience, my wordsmith mind is whirling with thoughts of how […]

B’shert

  B’shert-  This wonderful Yiddish word tickles me every time I hear it or say it, because it poses a question that I have yet to answer and perhaps never will. It translates to: “a person’s soulmate, considered as predestined […]

An Atty-tude of Gratitude

  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to add a little Philly flavor to the title of the blog post today:)     This week I came upon a video that had me laughing, dancing (that was part of its purpose) […]

Feel Frequently Fascinated

Boredom is a state of mind. Take a look around you. An entire Universe was created for your delight. Kneel down in the grass and witness what is going on in that hidden realm. Gaze up at the star sparkled […]

Thursday-Personal Bliss

  As I was driving home from work today, I was listening to an NPR interview with Rosanne Cash whose book entitled “Composed” is newly released. I have long enjoyed her music and that of her prolific parents Johnny Cash […]

Tuesday-How To Invite Bliss

     Sweet Treats     What is your favorite food? What sets your taste-buds to tingling as you contemplate enjoying it? Imagine it before you, as you take a moment to appreciate its appearance before you dig in. Much of […]

Friday: Bliss Kisses

  As you enter your weekend, I offer you a bliss kiss, your weekly invitation to pleasure. What is your favorite food that you can enjoy, guilt free? Indulge in it, savoring the taste on your tongue, consciously aware of […]

Thursday: Personal Bliss

    T   Throughout my life, there have been so many experiences that reflect bliss. One that comes to mind at the moment is my 50th birthday. Dear friends hosted a party in their lovely home. Kindred spirits from up […]

Wednesday: Following Their Bliss

  Ruth Anne Wood came into my life as a precocious teenager with an innate sense of the creative. Words flowed from her and cascaded onto the page with a quality that could only be described as coming from an […]

Welcome To Bliss!

  “Welcome to Bliss~” So says the sign on the doorway into a new way of considering your life. I invite you to cross the threshold boldly to see what awaits you on the other side. Not quite ready for […]

Monday: Blissful Thinking

   ”  If I could offer you the most precious gifts imaginable, they would be: the ability to adore the person in the mirror, a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life. fulfillment of your dearest wish, willingness […]

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