Accepting and Embracing What Is

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • As I am taking a deep breath on a crisply vibrant morning, before setting fingers to keyboard, I am humbled by the magnitude of this question. I gaze back at the previous chapters of my life with a blend of bewildered awe and ‘if I knew then what I know now’. I imagine the steps and turns in the dance that has become my life and the various partners with whom I have taken them and it seems that it has all been perfect and then along comes a sense of wistfulness and ‘if only’. The words of what I call the shortened version of the Serenity Prayer come to mind – ‘it is what it is.’ Many of my teachers and mentors throughout the years have encouraged acceptance of events and people ‘as is’. I can fight what is, kicking and screaming (metaphorically speaking) or I can surrender, with equanimity.

    I enjoy living a full, rich, juicy life, being frequently fascinated – never bored.

    Relationships are a key component. I have learned that love is never wasted. Each time I embark, whether with friends or lovers, partners or colleagues, I enter into it with heart wide open. I have come to discover that relationship is not 50/50 but 100/100. I bring 100% of who I am to the table as do they. When relationships have shifted in form or focus, I have allowed myself to feel a myriad of emotions and then from that, emerges a deep appreciation for that person’s presence in my life. People remain in my heart, providing nourishment and growth that I take into every new encounter. I love the Celtic concept of anam cara, or soul friend. There is an immediate recognition that we have traveled together before.

    Ritual is essential in my life; a rich sense of connection with the Divine in all. One that I do each morning prior to setting foot out of bed is to express gratitude for the new day and consciously set intention for “having amazing experiences and connecting with extraordinary people” and that unfolds beautifully.

    A powerful way to extend that feeling came a few years ago. I was sitting by a flowing stream, mala beads in hand, chanting. I then thought of a name and face of someone who has made a difference in my life, for each of the 108 beads. By the time I was finished, I had gone twice around the strand, offering love and blessings for 216 sweet souls who have graced my life. Not a surprise that over the next few days, people I hadn’t heard from in awhile, ‘cosmically coincidentally’, showed up either in person, call or email form.

    A theme runs through it all, that in each moment, I can choose love or fear. The more soul satisfying, life enhancing, heart awakening choice is love. I embrace it willingly.

    Edie Weinstein

    Edie Weinstein (Bliss Mistress) is a work in progress, like everyone else on the planet; the artist of her own design. She is a career journalist with 24 years experience interviewing some of the most amazing movers and shakers on the planet, including Joan Borysenko, Ben & Jerry,Shirley MacLaine, Ram Dass, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Alan Cohen, Karen Drucker, Judith Orloff, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Dan Millman, Wayne Dyer, Elizabeth Lesser, Arielle Ford, Debbie Ford, SARK, Bernie Siegel and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In addition, she is an interfaith minister, dynamic motivational speaker, opti-mystic, (seeing the world through the eyes of possibility), transformational coach, social worker and PR Goddess. From 1988-1998, she was co-publisher of Visions Magazine. She facilitates workshops; subjects include spirituality, transformation, recovery, weathering the winds of change, relationships, love, communication, co-dependence, stress management, time management, manna-festation, loss and grief, sexuality, re-creating your life. The presentations/workshops are experiential, interactive and lively. The style is conversational and dynamic. People laugh and cry. The workshops include music, movement, meditation, art, writing, small and large group interaction. She writes a regular column for Wisdom Magazine called The Bliss Mistress Guide, a daily blog for the interfaith website Beliefnet called the Bliss Blog and a weekly blog for VividLife, and a monthly column for Bellesprit. She is a contributor to Elephant Journal and The Whirling Blog as well as a growing number of other venues. She is the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary. Edie's weekly radio show, It's All About Relationships, airs on Vivid Life Radio each Thursday night from 8-9pm Eastern.

    For more information, please visit liveinjoy.org.

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