Imagine a GPS that is set on a certain course. You know where you want to go, you type in the address and then trust that it will direct you to your destination.

One thing that the machine may not comprehend is that there are times when detours, accidents and road construction get in the way of an otherwise direct route. What does the voice in hand-held device calmly and in a matter-of-fact manner say to you?

One simple word: RECALCULATING. Then it goes about its job of re-directing your trip.

In 2008, my inner GPS did a major recalculation. My 84 year old, robust, solid-as-a-rock father succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease and left my mother who was his sweetheart for more than 52 years to continue on without him. That she did, with resilience and a joie de vivre that often times would mask her grief. The hardest part for me was knowing how much she missed him, even as she told me that she wasn’t planning on joining him any time soon and had a lot of life left in her.

Nearly 2 years after his passing, she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and end-stage kidney disease. The GPS sent me far afield, as we went on the hospice journey together. I had the blessing of being with her for a few days at a time, every month for the last seven months of her life. We spoke about ‘life, the Universe and everything,’ and that included death. There were no taboo subjects and nothing left unspoken. She passed November 26, 2010 and I am certain that my father was there to greet her.

What I now KNOW is that love is eternal, the boundaries between this world and the next are rice paper thin and that communication with loved ones is merely a thought away. I have learned that we sentient beings are both vulnerable and resilient, which means that we are on a see-saw, alternately up in the air and grounded. Because of that, we are called on to be of much needed support to each other.

Since we are all on this sometimes wild ride called incarnation, it would be so much more rewarding to view our daily encounters through the eyes of possibility, which is what I refer to as being an ‘opti-mystic’.

I have found that both joy and sadness are contagious, part and parcel of this human condition. Each can be fleeting, depending on the meaning we assign to them and our willingness to shift our perceptions. It’s all energy; our thoughts, feelings and actions.

How much more fulfilling would the next period of your life be if you knew that you could be the mistress or master of your own bliss and that no one could give it to you and no one could take it away from you?

I invite you to embrace that each day, by setting intention for creating the life of your dreams and desires. It is your birthright and you get to have it. Embrace it all.

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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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