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Meditation: The Complete Guide

  Hard to imagine one book so content rich about such a subject as vast as meditation, but nearly lifelong meditator, professor and practicing Quaker Patricia Monaghan and ecologist,  author and yoga instructor who has studied world religions Eleanor G. Viereck […]



Like many spiritual practitioners, I chose to engage in a ritual to honor the numerologically auspicious date of 11/11/11 .  As timing would have it, I happened to be in Sedona, Arizona on Friday. In the midst of the Red Rocks vortices, […]


Spice For Living

While I was visiting my friend Dianne in Sedona, we perused neighborhood yard sales on 11/11/11/, since she was searching for fireplace tools.  We were guided by signs and arrows pointing the way to places that might have had what […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]


                                                                       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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are You Happy?

  What does happiness mean to you?  In my mind and heart, it is a sense of contentment even when ‘all’s ‘ not feeling right in the world. It’s about finding my way through the maze of emotions that sometimes […]

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 […]


                                                                                                  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves

                                                                                                                      Like it or not, most women you know, including the one in the mirror, has an ‘Innner Mean Girl’. She’s the one who yammers at you; editorializing about everything from the way you look, to the friends who […]

Knowing Where To Tap

                                                                                                                   I have heard different versions of this story about a boiler in need of repair. The owner hired an expert  to fix it. In walks a man with his bag of tools. He listens to the description of the […]

Life Agrees With Me

                                                                                                                                     The other day, a friend made a comment that we take for granted, but on that particular  day, being in an expansive and rather intuitive and creative heartspace, I interpreted it differently than I  might have in […]

Have A Little Faith

                                                                                                                          This poem and video appeared before me today across the marvels of modern technology via the heart and creative mind of Jonathan Fields who describes himself on his website as: “…a dad, husband, New Yorker, author and speaker, […]

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 […]


                                                             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 […]

A Complaint Free World

                                                            What would your day, your life, the world be like if you had no complaints?  As we can only be responsible for our own thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and actions, it really does start with each of us. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Path With A Heart

                                        The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by anthropology student Carlos Castaneda,  came into my life in the 1970’s  although it was published  in 1968. Autobiographical?  Allegorical?  Both?  It didn’t really matter to this youthful spiritual seeker […]

The Four Purposes of Life

                                                                     Way of the Peaceful Warrior was a pivotal read for me in my twenties as I consciously began my transformational journey. The story of a much younger Dan Millman’s experience into deep exploration of  ‘paradox, humor and change’ with his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Before I Die

                                                                      This is a subject that some find challenging to speak of and still others avoid totally, and yet taking our last breath is as natural as taking our first; the cycle of life in completion. I have never witnessed […]

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

                                                                                                          I met Rabbi Rami Shapiro in the early 1990’s when he had the pulpit at Temple Beth Or in Miami, Florida. I could say that our paths crossed by Divine Design, since I walked into a book store and […]

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 […]


                                                    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, […]

The Heart of Courage

                                                  My friend Orrie gave me a copy of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen’s inspirational book entitled The Aladdin Factor. The image of the magic lamp adorns the cover that contains the words of these two dynamic speakers […]

Do You Believe In Faeries?

                                                                      I met Elaine (a.k.a Faerie Elaine) Silver in the 1980’s if memory serves; but I can’t recall who the matchmaker was that brought us together. I was drawn to the music and the magic that seemed to flow […]

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 […]

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. […]

Go and love some more

                                              One of my favorite  movies is called Harold and Maude. A classic made in 1971, it features a quirky relationship between a young man named Harold played by Bud Cort who is obsessed with suicide and 79 year […]

Got To vs. Get To

                                                  My friend Cindy is a dynamo who wears many hats…interfaith minister, massage therapist, artist, writer, teacher, photographer and all around accomplished Renaissance woman. She is known among her many friends as a loving, giving, you can-count-on-go-to-person. This past weekend, […]

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 […]

Creating Powerful Exuberance

                                                                   I first encountered  Deremiah *CPE; this whirwlind of wonder a few years ago through the Inspire Me Today website and although we have not met in person, it is easy to feel the warmth and love that he exudes. […]

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 […]

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 […]


                                                                                       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 […]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A Renaissance Man, Daved Beck sees himself as an Intuitive Life Coach/ Choreographer/Dance Instructor/Published Author/ Radio Show Host…a true Renaissance Man whose enthusiasm and passion for life is contageous.   How do you live your bliss?     […]

The Secret Language of Your Body

                                                                                                   Imagine if your body came with an owner and operator’s manual that gave you insights into the care and feeding of this marvelous work of creation and creativity. It could tell you what to do to prevent dis-ease […]

Juicy Living

                                                                                                     A facebook friend  Katrina Mayer  asked this question: “Some people nibble around the edges and some take small bites. But some squeeze every little drop out of life. What is your style?” I responded:   “All of the above…since sometimes […]

Living With Joy

                                                                       Imagine if you had a key to a door that may have felt locked, bolted, with a fierce looking, fang- bearing dog at the threshold?  Graphic image and yet many people look at joy as something so beyond their ability […]

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 […]

Vivid Life

 Shayne Traviss describes himself as “just an authentic guy doing my best to live my ultimate life and lead the way for others.”  He seems to walk the talk in both the personal and professional  realms.   He is a team player, believing in unity rather […]

Peace Out and In

                                                                            May 30 is recognized as Memorial Day in the U.S.; a day that honors those who have served in the military, as well as their families whose support has allowed them to do so. While I certainly hold them in my heart, I […]

The Way Of The Happy Woman

                                                            Call it nature or nurture, but women are caregivers. We are creative beings; whether it is gestating another life or growing a business. Unfortunately, the last person most of us are encouraged to nourish, is the woman in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’. […]

As If For The First Time

                                                                           “ begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  So began the daily group email  from Neale Donald Walsch that I receieved this past Thursday morning. I think about that concept each day, as my eyes open to greet […]

Trusting Her Yoga

I met  Mary Flinn a few weeks ago when my friend Peggy Tileston taught a Laughter Yoga class for World Laughter Day at Mary’s cozy yoga studio in Mt. Airy which is a culturally rich and diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia, where people greet each […]

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 […]


                                                                                      A few days ago, a co-worker was talking about her Ph.D dissertation which is on the subject of resilience. I offered to let her pick my brain (what’s left of it these days), since it is at the core […]

Human Spirit

                                                                     A friend passed along this video link that is an advertisement for Taiwanese TC Bank. It is a beautifully rendered short story in 3:11 seconds about a group of octogenerian men who decided to look aging, illness, loss, grief and […]

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 […]

Sir Vent

  I met Daniel Brouse a few years ago and found him to be a creative kindred spirit whose interests in drumming, music making and nature mirror my own. We have spent many hours in drumming circles, immersed in sound and rhythm. […]


                                                                  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 […]

What Must Be Done

  Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? That is a question that gives life meaning. In my full time job as a social worker, I encounter people daily who feel lost and as if they are spinning their […]

Messages From Beyond

    I’ve known author, speaker and what I think of as a ‘luminescent visionary’, Michele Livingston for a number of years. Although she is most definitely tapped into Spirit, I have found that she is also one of the […]

Let The Beauty We Love

                                                    Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of […]


                                                                 A few years ago, I had an experience that I had anticipated for weeks and a few that I had not expected as a result. After receiving several emails and fliers, I ventured into Philadelphia to […]

Out Of The Pond Thinking

  On my way to work a few weeks ago, I beheld an unexpected sight; a winged wonder running down a suburban Philadelphia road during rush hour. White with brown spots on its feathers; the wing span was a good […]

Light Is Life

What is light? According to online dictionary Encarta: energy producing brightness: the energy producing a sensation of brightness that makes seeing possible quality of light: a particular kind or quality of brightness artificial source of light: an artificial source of […]

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 […]

As Is

I am dipping into the well of wisdom from the amazing Courtney A. Walsh once again for today’s Bliss Blog since it ties in with what I have been coming smack dab up against lately. “The universe doesn’t want/wish/desire/need us […]


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 […]

Angels With Shovels

Aha moments can come at the most unexpected times.  Last week, in the midst of a winter wonderland that had the Philadelphia area innundated with many feet of snow, I found myself both frustrated and delighted in the span of […]

Only One

One of my favorite singer songwriters is John Flynn; whose music reaches children of all ages.  As I was listening to his CD entitled Dragon, this particular piece jumped out at me.  It reminds me that each of us has both […]

This Is Our Reality

Recently I had the joy of meeting and interviewing two extraordinary women: Flora Nikki Zanfrisco and Rene’ Harris who are partners in work and life. Together they are creating a movie called “This Is Our Reality: What’s Yours?”  It is a bio-pic that […]


Words have immense power to alter our perception of reality. One measure of your world view are the results you experience in your life.  The word ‘declare’ comes from Latin “to make clear”,   “to reveal” , “to make manifest.”  Create […]

By Divine Design

  What if you knew for certain that you were living your life by Divine Design? All of the threads of the tapestry that is you, are finely woven into a pattern that is yours alone. You are the artist […]

Strong Beautiful and Brilliant

The first time I met Melanie Eatherton, she was behind the counter of her family owned Bucks County bakery. Celtic music wafted side by side with luscious smells and yummy treats.  Melanie’s smile and warmth was part of the appeal. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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God Singing Through Us
"Don't die with your music still in you."-Wayne Dyer Another powerful dream this morning, the remnants of which linger as I am typing these words. I was in a rural setting with a group of adults and children. A mischievous little girl runs up ...

posted 9:34:23am Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Living in the Just Don't Know
"May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder." -John O'Donahue Tonight at dinner with my friend Chris, we were speaking about that nebulous place between here and there, one state of being and the next, ...

posted 8:18:31am Nov. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Being In The Flow of Life
Consider your life as it is right now.  Is it filled to overflowing with all that you desire, or does it feel dry and lacking in pizazz and juice? Take a moment to do an inventory of what you have going for you. Do you have a place to live ...

posted 10:10:21am Nov. 17, 2015 | read full post »

What Would Yoda Say?
Although he is a fictional character created by Muppeteers Frank Oz and Jim Henson, Yoda remains my favorite little green sage. His wisdom is exemplary and in his death, he melted back into the Force, as I believe we all do. One of the most ...

posted 5:01:42pm Nov. 16, 2015 | read full post »

In the End Only Kindness Matters
Today is World Kindness Day. As it is celebrated, it allows people around the globe to connect heart to heart. There are times when people feel disconnected from each other and themselves. I am convinced that it is at the core of war. It is at ...

posted 5:32:22pm Nov. 13, 2015 | read full post »


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