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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.

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Edie delights in inviting people to live rich, full, juicy lives. She is an internationally recognized, sought after, colorfully creative journalist, interviewer, author and editor, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, licensed social worker and interfaith minister, BLISS coach, event producer, certified Laughter Yoga Leader, certified Cuddle Party facilitator, and Cosmic Concierge.  Edie is the founder of Hug Mobsters Armed With Love, which offers FREE HUGS events world- wide on a planned and spontaneous basis.

She speaks on the subjects of wellness, relationships, trauma recovery, addiction, mental health, spirituality, sexuality, loss and grief.  

Edie is the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary and co-author of Embraced By the Divine: The Emerging Woman’s Gateway to Power, Passion and Purpose.  She has also contributed to several anthologies and personal growth books, including Taming the Anger Dragon: From Pissed Off to Peaceful.

 Her work has been seen in Beliefnet,  Elephant .Journal  Psych Central, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project,  as well as a growing number of other publications.

She was the host of Vivid Life’s It’s All About Relationships on Blog Talk Radio for more than three years.

Over the past 30 years, she has had the honor of interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Louise Hay, Judith Orloff, Debbie Ford, Arielle Ford, don Miguel Ruiz, Wayne Dyer, Bernie Siegel, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, Grover Washington, Jr., Dan Millman, Ram Dass, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Weaver, Mariel Hemingway, Ben & Jerry and SARK.

In the last four decades, she has worked with those who have been diagnosed with life-altering conditions, including mental health issues, cardiac disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, end-stage conditions, eating disorders, addiction, traumatic brain injury, stroke, depression, and anxiety. She focuses on her clients’ resilience and assists them in developing a solid toolkit of coping skills. As both a clinician and a patient, she is aware of what it is like to be on the other side of the treatment relationship and can be of service to the patient, their caregivers, as well as the treatment team. Edie can address the issues that arise such as body image, trauma, sexuality, relationship changes, vulnerability, change in physical or cognitive ability, aging, end of life issues, and communicating needs.

If you want to: 

  • Embrace life fully
  • Release patterns that have kept you from moving forward
  • Re-write the narrative to create the life of your dreams and desires
  • Enhance your relationships
  • Become an Opti-Mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility

Contact me today to see how I can meet the needs of your organization, publication or the person who looks back at you when you gaze in the mirror.

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