When the World Tests Your Love, Let Your Love Be a Testament to the World

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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...

  • These words came to me, as many have over the years, in the wee hours of the morning, unbidden, but certainly welcome. I have learned that when I am a receptive channel, all manner of messages pours through. Many years ago, in meditation, I heard echoes of ‘by divine design’. I asked, “What does that mean?” God replied, “You’ll know.” Turns out that it became the name of my multi-faceted business which includes writing, speaking, interfaith ministry, counseling, coaching and editing. It is based on the idea that we are co-creators with Spirit and in that partnership, we can design exquisite masterpieces. A few turns of the calendar pages ago, I heard “You are not just an optimist. You are an opti-mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility.” What a revelation that was. Shortly after I let those words loose on the world, someone I had never met, created a meme containing that message which went on a world-wide whirlwind tour and landed on the Facebook page of Julian Lennon on my birthday in 2014.

    The nocturnal meanderings from last night was no surprise since, like many, I am lately in emotional overwhelm mode. Bombarded by news reports of death and destruction, social upheaval, abuse and assault, this normally calm and steady person, feels like she is on a roller coaster with no predictable duration and on which the tracks are ever changing. Sometimes it is difficult to maintain compassion and refrain from harsh judgment. I have often executed a ‘spiritual bypass’ by which I have turned it over to the God of my understanding, forgetting that I too have responsibility for inspired action to make a positive impact.

    My protective mama bear instincts kick in and I want to confront perpetrators of aggression, hatred and bigotry. I show up, stand up and speak out for those who can’t do it for themselves. Sometimes it seems near impossible to ride the waves without drowning. That’s when the dream message comes in handy.  How do you measure love? Is it a mere emotion? My take is that it is a verb.

    Love in action steps:

    • Share random acts of kindness
    • Smile at strangers and strike up a conversation
    • Embrace the world…I offer FREE Hugs events on a planned and spontaneous basis
    • Open the door for the person behind you
    • Pay forward good deeds done for you
    • Volunteer for causes you believe in
    • Leave the campground better than you found it in all your relationships
    • Speak the truth with kindness
    • Refrain from name calling and disparagement of anyone with whom you disagree
    • Do your own inner healing work
    • Clean up your side of the street
    • Recognize that we all feed the collective soup pot, so make sure you mix in nourishing ingredients
    • Bring your ‘A game’ to your relationships
    • Put your heart and soul into all you do

    When the time comes to take your leave, what loving legacy will you have left?

    Edie Weinstein

    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.

    For more information, please visit opti-mystical.com.

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