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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 irreverent romp into upliftment for those who may feel downtrodden, or even those who feel a need for a wee bit of mood elevation; like me. Rob reminds me to take a good long look at my beliefs and tweak, adjust, define and refine them. All along the way, he encourages humor as a companion. He seems unafraid to offend and that frees him to allow his inner imp to come out and play. A wonderful role model  for this writer to emulate.

In addition to being a wordsmith, Rob is an astrologer and he calls his work Free Will Astrology. One of the aspects of his website that truly tickles my soul to giggly giddiness is what he refers to as his Beauty and Truth Lab. In it, he offers tips and ideas that may be a stretch for some, in order to encourage readers to become pronoiad rather than paranoid. One of my hats is that of a social worker who serves people with mental health diagnoses and on occasion, I pull ideas from Rob’s bag of tricks and share them with people who believe that the world is out to get them. Sometimes there is a breakthrough when I do. Their eyes light up and for an ever so brief moment, they get it, they real get it.

This morning, my friend Vicki sent an email that included this snippet from Rob’s astrological readings:

“PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My Pisces friend Rana Satori Stewart coined some new words that happen to be perfect for you to begin using and embodying. “Blissipline,” she says, is “the commitment to experiencing a little or a lot of bliss every day; the practice of expanding one’s capacity for bliss and being open to receive it in any moment.”

A “blissiplinarian” is “someone who enforces pleasure and invites opportunities for more pleasure,” while a “blissciple” is a person who aspires to master the art of blissipline.

I encourage you to be a blissciple, Pisces, because it will put you in sync with the effervescent invitations the cosmos has scheduled for you.”

Although I’m not a Pisces and you who are reading this, may not be either; this is a perfect daily set of instructions for a juicier and more joyfilled life. As a Bliss Mistress (I used to call her my ‘alter ego’, but now say she IS ME), I claim blissipline as my daily practice and own my role as a blissiplinarian.

‘Discipline’ gets a bad rap, since it may evoke the concept of punishment and condemnation. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, as I have come to recognize. Years ago, my wonderfully wise friend and mentor, Yvonne Kaye would quote to me “Discipline is freedom.” It felt at the time, like an oxymoron to this free spirited cosmic foo foo woman who had a go with the flow attytood. Unfortunately, my lack of discipline often snuck up and bit me on the tush when things I would let slide, got in the way of living the life I had desired. Discipline could take the form of activities that take me from where I am to where I want to be. For example, if I want a healthy, fit and flexible body, I need to move it, shake it, dance it, stretch it, and feed it nourishing food. There are times when my inner ‘id kid’ who wants what she wants when she wants it without having to work for it, whines, “But I don’t wanna go to the gym or do yoga.” even though I know abundantly well how great I feel after a visit, so I get in the Jeep and roll to the gym or roll out my purple yoga mat. Calling them ‘playouts’ or ‘sweating my prayers’ or thinking of my yoga mat as a magic carpet, makes it more fun and gets me to that place of endorphin high and liking what I see in the mirror a whole lot more often.

In order to complete my book, I needed to take time daily to write, edit and polish it. There were absolutely moments when my fears got in the way and I dragged my feet, coming up with all sorts of creative ways to avoid putting fingers to keyboard to fill the pitcher with overflowing words. Any writers out there know what I am talking about. It was never about the dreaded writer’s block or drying up of ideas. It was always about fear that needed to be faced head and heart-on. As I write this, the Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary is within two weeks from her birth.

These would both be part of my blissipline.

So, how could you become more of a blissiplinarian?

Are you willing to make that leap into a life that sings and soars?

Can you stand under the sweet shower of life’s blissings and blessings, singing your soul song as you do?

I double dog dare ya!

www.freewillastrology.com

 

 

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 all the senses.  Add to that, presentations from some of your favorite authors, musicians and speakers, including: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, Lisa Williams, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Harville Hendrix, John Holland, Gregg Braden, Dr. Andrew Weil, Alan Cohen, Karen Drucker, Sonia Choquette, Dr. Judith Orloff, Elizabeth Lesser and Dan Millman. Over the past twenty some years, I have had the joy of interviewing most of these  movers and shakers and know first hand, the transformational power of their words and the jewels of wisdom they scatter for willing listeners and readers to scoop up and put to use in their own lives. Can you see it and feel it?

Imagine no more….an opportunity to experience all of that and who knows what other grand intentions the Universe might have in store for you…at the Celebrate Your Life Conference coming up November 4-7 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The heart-child of the dynamic Liz Dawn, it is an open doorway to creating a life that sings and soars…one that I will be dancing through as well; on my first trip to The Grand Canyon State on a much needed vacay.    I would love to meet you there.

 

                                                                 liz dawn

 

 

 

 

How do you live your bliss?

I deeply love my work and seeing these amazing events come to fruition.  It makes my heart sing when we are in the middle of a conference and people are connecting with one another, doing exercises in workshops, embracing one another and there is an overall magnificent feeling of love that permeates throughout the entire space of the event.

 

What led you the spiritual path you find yourself on?

My mother, Ariel Wolfe.  She has always been a spiritual woman but it was hidden for many years.  When I was in high school, in the 70’s, she started to open up and begin to study everything spiritual and psychic.  She has by far been my greatest teacher.  My mom turned me onto Ram Dass when I was 16 years old and then Emmanuel’s Book when it was first released.  It was very deep stuff to jump into at a young age, but she was and still is in spirit, a wonderful teacher.

 

How did your relationship with your mother impact on your career and personal life choices?

My mom was always very supportive of whatever career path I chose.  When I was an actress, she supported me one hundred percent.  As I started Mishka Productions, she helped me out at first.  We did not consciously realize that we were creating a “business”.  She helped me to get organized. When it became apparent that Mishka Productions was taking off, we agreed to become business partners.  I really needed her and she was there and gave up her psychotherapy practice.  We had such a blast working together!  There were so many magical moments building a business together and sometimes it was not so easy, but we always managed to figure things out.

 

Does she continue to guide you even after her transition?

I am sure she is guiding me, there is no doubt in my mind.  It is the listening that is a challenge for me.

 

Please speak about the serendipitous way Mishka Productions came to be.

I love this story, probably because it is a true real life story with a happy ending.  It is a little long, but here is a link to the entire story, plus a continuation of the story that my mother wrote.  http://mishkaproductions.com/about-mishka.php

 

What excites you most about Celebrate Your Life?

 I LOVE it when the conference finally comes together and opening night.  Everyone is joined together for the weekend, there is a nervous excitement in the room and the energy is high.  Then as we move through the weekend and people begin to attend workshops, everyone’s heart is wide open filled with such joy and love.  There becomes a very strong sense of community. Everyone is happy having such an amazing time and falling in love with themselves and the people around them.  I LOVE watching people connect, learning and growing in a safe nurturing environment.  This was very important to my mother.  One of my favorite moments is the conga line that seems to spontaneously happen at almost every event.  A couple of thousand people dancing with joy!  How much better can it get?

 

www.CelebrateYourLife.ORG

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 world wide. Multi-lingual, multi-cultural, the idea of people enjoying singing and listening to songs with style, really tickled me. It began with the idea that music is a universal communicator and connector between people, regardless of their language.  Peaceful coexistence is a goal of the changing cast of talented musicians, who break down barriers with soulful singing and playing of their particular instruments. Cameras film their performances and editors piece them together.

Much in the same way that diversity and uniqueness are honored in the music, so too can they be amongst people. Enter Playing For Change Day on September 17; the first annual event.  The purpose for this worldwide sonic serenade is to introduce youth to the beauty and power of music and to raise money for music education. In cooperation with Theater Within and Yoko Ono, it puts legs under its idealism.  It is based on the theme of  Power To The People that honors John Lennon. The 31st Annual John Lennon Tribute occurs on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Town Hall in New York.

Go to the website to see how you may want to be involved in this world-wide love fest.

www.playingforchangeday.org

Stand By Me http://youtu.be/Us-TVg40ExM

One Love  http://youtu.be/4xjPODksI08

 

 

The Five Tibetans

                                                          

In case you are wondering, ‘The Five Tibetans’ are not a musical quintent from the Himalayas, but rather a series of life changing, and according to those who utilize them; ‘youthing’ yogic exercises. I initially encountered  them a year or so ago, as taught by my friend Gael Chiarella Alba.  I found them to be a bit challenging, but afterward felt energized. 

In his classic book, now re-released, Christopher S. Kilham, who has been a yoga teacher for more than three decades, shares the history, benefits and philosophy of  these simple to learn repetitive motions. The book has illustrations of the author demonstrating each rite. He shares early on in the book that the images are of the much younger man he was, when he began the process and that while he is still aging, it is at a slower pace than he would have otherwise.  Kilham explains that the original name for the process is actually the ‘Five Rites of Rejuvenation’ and may not have orginated in Tibet, but perhaps India or Nepal. 

One of the things I found intriguing about the book is the way in which he expresses the importance of honoring both body and spirit in the practice of life itself; neither more sacred than the other, but rather equal in worth. His personal experiences are highlighted as well, which leaves the reader feeling as if they are getting an intimate glimpse, rather than being held at arm’s length with explanation of esoteric principles.

As a yogic scholar, covering the topics of chakra psychology and kundalini energy; Kilham makes it simple for the Western mind to grasp.  He highlights the importance of breathwork as well, to enhance vitality. 

Kilham is also a ‘medicine hunter’ who traverses the globe, working with native healers and shamans, seeking botanical remedies.

As a sealing- sign- off to the book, Kilham shares “All the contortions of yoga-all the breathing, the concentration, the exercises, the dilligent practice-brings us eventually to the point where there is nothing at all to be done, nothing to grasp at, nothing to pursue, no goal to attain, just the sheer immensity of being right here, right now, the only time there is.” Powerful life lesson, both on and off the mat.

www.medicinehunter.com

 

 

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