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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 skill better than invoking and expressing thanks. So consider the possibility of celebrating regular Gratitude Fests.  During these orgies of appreciation, you could confer praise and respect on the creatures, both human and otherwise, that have played seminal roles in inspiring you to become yourself. Who teaches and helps you? Who sees you for who you really are? Who nudges you in the direction of your fuller destiny and awakens you to your signature truths? Who loves you brilliantly? ”


In this moment, I am full to overflowing with an atty-tood of gratitude. Celebrations galore from last week that lopped over into this week…heck, I’ll take any reason and no reason at all to celebrate life. In the past few weeks, my book, The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary was birthed, just as I was about to turn 53.  Such perfect timing. Book signings, congrats from family, friends and ‘strangers’ who are becoming family of choice; honoring the impact that these words, which are really divinely inspired,  and for which I am grateful to be a channel, have been having on people’s lives is blow me out of the water amazing.  My birthday was honored, as with delight, I received hundreds of well wishes from facebook friends, serenades from friends and my sister, a yummy, homecooked dinner from my son, topped off with a decadently delightful birthday cake (all fat and calories removed, of course). This Saturday had me welcoming sweet  friends into my home for a birthday, pot luck, music gathering. I can still feel the ripples of light, love and energy all around the place. As I gazed around the room, I beheld people from the various overlapping soul circles, some meeting for the first time. Throughout the evening, I stepped back and just observed their interactions, determining that there was a reaon why we were drawn into each others’ lives. I consider my friends my treasures and enjoy sharing the wealth. On that night, I felt like the richest woman in the world.


Tonight I had a ‘same time next year’ birthday dinner with a friend with whom I first crossed paths 7 1/2 years ago and whose impact is woven through my life and so much of who I have become. I marveled with him, at the synchronicities and life lessons that have been a huge part of the gift of our friendship.  As we were eating, I had given him 2 copies of the book; one to give to his mother who is also a friend. I had serendipitously placed a third book in the cloth shopping bag before I got out of the car, not quite sure why, but guessing that by the end of the night, I would discern the reason. My friend held up the book and proudly informed the waitress that I just published.  She replied “In ten words or less, tell me what the book is about.”  Being a writer and speaker, of course I was not able to limit it to ten words.  I shared briefly and then told her that the best way to discover was to read the book. Naturally, SHE was the reason I had brought along the third book. When I got back to the car, three hours later (the time flew by as we meandered through various subjects) I noticed a message on my phone from another friend who had inspired the term Bliss Mistress,  with his beautiful feedback on the book. He too sounded like a proud papa.


As I consider all of the people in my life, I note that they, in one way or another, fit neatly in response to those questions Rob asked at the start of this entry. If I listed them one by one,  it would take hours or even days to express.   I feel loved brilliantly by them and I offer it back to them with grace and tenderness.

My cup runneth over as I indulge in ‘an orgy of appreciation’~

Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant  




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 to join forces and share their ideas about planetary healing via fabric and philosophy; a simple matter of  spreading the world through wearables; thus Spiritual-i-tease was born. I had the delight of interviewing Christina as she offers her ideas about a life well lived.



How do you live your bliss?

My business partner, Noelle Meade, and I actively choose to be happy; joyful even. We each walk most every morning for an hour or more and immerse ourselves in the awakening day. This invokes a deep sense of gratitude and bliss in us both. We relish in our weekly meetings over 2 poached eggs and hash brown potatoes with extra grilled onions at our favorite café. Though these things would be characterized as “simple”, gratitude and joy are a natural and organic response for us. We both make sure we feed our souls so that we can extend the joy (or bliss) we feel to others.


Being of service to others is a natural high for both of us.  I practice as a healer, nurture Spiritual-i-teaseTM,Inc., and “Medicine Ways” (more info ).


Noelle is a full-time Graphic Designer and serves the corporate community, nurtures Spiritual-i-teaseTM,Inc., and is a children’s book writer. Yes, our plates are full, but our lives are full and this is where our bliss is born! There’s also the steady flow of love and support among our families and friends. 


What was the inspiration for Spiritual-I-Tease?

I’ve worked as a pastor/energy medicine healer for over 20 years.  In that time, I have come to rely on certain phrases and principles to assist my client/friends.  The seminal phrase was “Just Say Thank You”.  I had several clients in the course of one week tell me that if I put it on a t-shirt, they would wear it.  The flood gates of inspiration opened and I was deluged with, “What would happen if I combined these phrases with the colors of the Chakras to which one would most want to apply the principle?”  I met Noelle right around this time, and during a discussion, we talked about Dr. Emoto’s work with the energy of water and how the molecular structure of water actually changes based on words and intentions. We both knew the powerful implications of Dr. Emoto’s studies and realized we were on to something. Our glassware is the direct result of our belief in his work. The next question was, “How could we make “enlightenment” fun and accessible to everyone?”  Noelle and I set a deadline to have some ideas designed and she went to work. She teamed up with her angels and spent 2 full days barely eating and creating dozens of designs. When we looked over the completed designs, we knew that Spiritual-i-teaseTM was something we were energetically empowered (maybe even compelled) to create.



There is a science and art to what you are doing.  How do the seeming disparate realms overlap?

Seeming is the right word for the question, as we really don’t differentiate.  We are often saying “Energy is all there is.”  We believe  

Spiritual-i-teaseTM is designed to weave together the power of words/phrases, the principles of both spiritual/scientific “law”, the energetic resonance of color, and last, but certainly not least, humor. All too often, people are inclined to take “spirituality” (or even life) very seriously.  When you lose sight of bliss and fun, you lose energy big time. The Dahli Lama is a wonderful example of an en-lightened-up soul.



More and more, we are seeing the link between spirituality and science; the concept that everything is energy and we are all connected. Quantum Physics, the String Theory and movies like “What the Bleep Do We Know: Down the Rabbit Hole” are great sources for examples. The gap between science (matter and energy) and spirituality is slowly closing. We believe that this moment in time and space is just right for a unique company like  Spiritual-i-teaseTM.


Have you long been interested in metaphysics?

My interest in metaphysics began at 8 years of age when I started paying attention to Astrology.  When I was 12, I had my tarot cards read and thought, “I can do that.”  I went out that weekend and bought my first deck and set about using them.  I was always drawn to reading Sci/Fi and Fantasy novels because they were the only books I could find that talked about energy fields and the connection between things/places/ideas…. “magic”.  So, “many moons” is the short answer to your question and I continue to study/practice in metaphysics.



Noelle has the same strong belief in metaphysics which makes our partnership that much more compatible.  She also has an absolutely amazing relationship with the I Ching. 


The two of you have diverse backgrounds . How did you come together to co-create such beauty?

Thank you for the compliment. Noelle has been a Graphic Designer for over 17 years and her work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) prestigious Addy Creative Awards. So, it seemed fitting to have someone with talent and a great passion for what she does create the aesthetics of the Company. Although she is a designer and I am a healer, we both live the same truth: Passion for what we do!



We met at a women’s networking group and immediately felt the synergy between us. That synergy, along with our desire to create something wholly unique and fun, is what compelled us to co-create Spiritual-i-teaseTM, Inc.


Your messages seem to be in alignment with the pioneering work of Dr. Emoto. How do having positive messages on clothing make a difference in how we feel?

Part of the beauty of Spiritual-i-teaseTM is that you can choose a focus for your day – let’s say, balance.  Put on a Tease-shirtTM that speaks to that: Bee Balanced.  Now, you are literally “in-bodying” your intention to be in greater balance.  Even when your attention wanders all over (as it will, all day and/or all night) you are in the energetic field of “Balance”.  Specifically to the BeelineTM, you are also energetically lending support to the Bee Nation. For more information on what is happening with the Bees, you can read up on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  A portion of our BeelineTM proceeds goes to the North American Pollinators Protection Campaign.



Even if you didn’t know that all of this was built into your Tease-shirtTM, the shirt will still be bringing your life force into alignment with those principles and that energy. All of it is centered over your Heart Chakra, which is the power/transformer of energy for your body/life here on Earth. In addition to that, everyone who sees you in your Tease-shirtTM reinforces that energy with their recognition for both themselves and you! How wonderful is that! We believe what we say in our tagline: “Changing the World, One Tease at a Time.”


How do you plan on changing the world in this way?

For example, imagine a group Yoga class filled with budding yogis wearing a Tease-shirtTM  that reads, “Prefer Progress to Perfection”. The entire class has set their intentions, and have dedicated their practice to love their journeys and appreciate their personal growth and Progress at their own wonderful pace. When we consider all of that focused collective consciousness, we can easily imagine the support and power those students will generate for themselves and for each other. It’s a perfect give and receive, if you will. You would literally amplify the physical field of aligned energy.



The same principal applies to, for example, a Boot Camp, for those who are trying to lose weight. That is sooooo much work and it takes time and commitment. A “Patience: Wait Training” Tease-shirtTM speaks both to the physical and emotional challenges while giving you something to chuckle about.  AA meetings, mothers of young children, parents of autistic children, anyone with a challenge to their health…. we feel a little Tease could lift everyone’s spirits.


Additionally, we bless every garment that we offer to you with our deepest desire for your happiness, success, and most excellent health.  Every shirt includes an individual tag that lets you know a bit about why we created the Tease-shirtTM  in the way we did.  What’s really nice is that our customers have told us that they often keep the tags in their wallets to pull out read again as a reminder of the intention behind the Tease. 



We love ALL of our designs so much that choosing is difficult; however, I’ve attached one of the Tease-shirtTM  mentioned and another that is a good example of the “Tease”. We have several new designs that we are launching this Fall/Winter that are just fabulous, so stay tuned!


Birthday Blissings

My 53rd birthday is now almost ‘one for the books’ and I am reeling in amazement at how many people have shared my day with me, even if we had never met face to face. It began at around 3 a.m. when I awoke from a dream that was fortuitous,  about a problem I had with my computer that I resolved BECAUSE I was  alerted in the dream state. Once up for a bit, I found myself paging through multiple sweet Facebook friend messages. The number of friend per Facebook page is  5000 and I have maxed out; so imagine how many people had taken time to send me their wishes. One was from my parents who had awakened my sister Jan with a message  from the other side, to pass on to me at that same wee small hour of the morning. I responded one by one to each, making a heart connection via cyberspace. After going back to sleep for a few hours, I was sung to consciousness by my cousin Jody, after which I returned to my inbox that contained even more celebratory missives. Then there were beautiful cards and gifts that reflected the most important gift…the love that inspired them.


I felt like Lucille Ball in  the candy assembly line of the I Love Lucy episode as I attempted to keep up with the flow. Each time I would thank one person, another greeting would pop up. Kinda like the way Universe responds to our expression of gratitude in general.   Throughout the day, I received voice mail messages; from Greg,  Barb, Ondreah and Matthew and some acapella serenades, including my professional singer friend Ben, as well as Gary, Phil and Janet, Naila and my sister who offered our ‘traditional hippo-birdies-two-ewes’ birthday benediction. Then there were more emails and a fun and colorful video from my friends Pam and Phil, decked out in purple finery.  A beautiful compliment came today in the form of a message from Pam’s 90 year old grandmother, a.k.a  Rose Winsko Maliniak who had this to say about my newly birthed Bliss Mistress book:


 “I’m reading the book and I must say this Edie Weinstein is a very gifted writer. I feel like she’s in the room with me. I visualize the events. Love, MomMom”

Thank you, Rose, for your sweet words..quite a compliment. Your interest in the book has stretched my demographic beyond what I anticipated. Glad you are enjoying it. Goes to show you that Bliss Mistresses are ageless.

On my way home from work, I stopped at a nail salon where I had not been before, in order to have a pedicure. A few minutes after settiling my tired and in need of pampering feet into bubbling warm water, I notice a woman sitting two chairs down. We struck up a conversation and I found out that her name is Carol and she is re-creating her life following many transitions including the death of her father in 2008 and her mother this past March. Her dad, like mine, was athletic. Her mom; she felt  had died of a broken heart…diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure, just like my mom. I suspect that in missing my father to whom she had been married for nearly 52 years, her heart was broken and longing for him as well. Tomorrow is their anniversary and I am so grateful that they are together. I was telling her about the book and the connections it has with my mom and she could relate. As it was with my mom, she was able to connect on a much deeper level. She purchased a copy on the spot and a further cosmic coincidence, as she pulled out her checkbook to pay for the book, I saw that she had lived in my neighborhood. My red painted tootsies danced in delight out of there. 


My culinarily talented  son Adam cooked me dinner and baked me a cake. After indulging in the delicious meal, I headed to the gym where I ran into a friend named Sherrie who I had met there a month or so ago and had written about in the Bliss Blog entry called The Whole Package. We caught up on our lives and then I indulged in a cleansing workout/playout.  More messages keep flying in from all parts of the planet. As I prepare for much needed sleep tonight, I acknowlege that I am pretty darn blessed and that I am immersed in love, so sweet that I wish never to emerge from it. You are all a gift in my life  a blast from my past Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold



Paid To Play



Just returned a little while ago from doing one of my favorite things…teaching about creativity.  My friend Peggy Tileston and I offered a class for social workers and therapists for an organization called Social Work prn, which provided a set of skills to assist them in incorporating creative ideas into their practice with clients and patients. From start to finish, it was pure joy. We and they danced, drummed, sang, chanted, drew, and shared wisdom born of  likely a  hundred or more years of combined experience in our collective fields.  The 6 hours flew by and when we were finished, I felt as if I was ready to fly/float out of the room. I had arrived bright and early this morning,  having spent nearly 90 minutes on the road in the rain, at the beginning of rush hour. As I unloaded my car and hauled in drums and boxes and bags of stuff to use in the class, I was feeling buzzy and not particularly grounded. It didn’t take long for me to sink my roots into the Earth, my branches stretched to the sky as I  breathed my way into bliss. Throughout the day, it was heartening to observe the impact on the folks in the class who had gathered from their various corners of the world and diverse settings in which they work and the different populations they serve. They laughed, smiled, nodded absorbing of the concepts; offering their own take on the subject matter. We left all the richer for it.


I was especially glad to have two of my special drums; a frame drum with a celtic knot/Star of David design and a ceramic dumbek with a spiral design on  the head with one of my favorite Rumi quotes “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” They were lovingly painted by my friend Shari Kestanbaum Ubechel many years ago and carry her energetic imprint.





The cool thing for me, is that although it takes prep time and it is the accumulation of years of education and experience, this feels not at all like work.  It is where I live, it is what athletes call ‘the zone’. I remember back in the early 1980s, I worked for the South Jersey Council on Alcoholism, offering trainings for teachers who, in turn would do drug and alcohol education for their students. I was young (in my early 20’s) and newly graduated with a degree in Psychology. I was partnered with someone who had been in the recovery field for many years and had an encyclopedic knowlege of the subject matter and an engaging presentation style. I watched in awe as he had the audience eating out the palm of his hand. I, on the other hand, had brought notes with me and used them liberally in my part of the presentation. I felt awkward and decidedly unprofessional. I asked him afterward how he did it.  His one word answer?  “Stories.”  He went on to explain that when I had anecdotes to share, my presentations would flow more readily as well. All of these years later, I wish I could see him and tell him….”I finally got it. I have stories.” 


I am so grateful that I get paid to play, which is really what my writing and speaking feels like.  So, in what areas of your life do you get paid to play?  And if  you don’t what would you need to do to shift into that mindset?



The Sanskrit word for ‘play’ is ‘lila’, which is pronounded ‘lee-la’ and it is one of my favorites, since it beckons stretching our comfort zone so we can think, move, dance and dream outside the box in which we may have incarcerated our creativity. 


I wish you enlightened lila.  Micky Hart….Global Drum Project

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