Last night at a Bliss Book signing event, I was in the company of wise women who shared what it was that helped them live their bliss to the fullest. They ranged in age from mid 30’s to late 50’s, all with enough life experience to fill an ocean. Collectively they had been married, divorced, widowed, raised children, had miscarriages, been students, teachers, healers, business owners, faced illness and injury, lost loved ones, and were immersed in projects and passions that tickled their souls. I felt so enriched in their presence and amazed that they had come out to hear me speak. Then the voices of two friends came echoing back from this past week. Both of these men have known me for a few decades and were accomplished professionals. Unsolicited, each had the same feedback for me as I have entered into a new phase in my life as a published book author. “Stop playing small. Stop diminishing your own gifts. Trust your own wisdom and offer it without using affiliation with other transformational teachers to validate yours.” Oh my! Were they listening to the conversation in my head over the past few months? Admittedly, I have placed certain people on a pedestal because they had achieved my desires, forgetting what my father often said, “They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do.” One of those friends said “They have nothing on you. You offer your own unique take on the message.” Ego flares and humble hiding all at once as I dance that line between feeling like “I’m all that and a bag of chips.” and like the crunchy crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Is that familiar to anyone reading this?
My friend Lisa shared a story at the gathering last night that I had heard before, but it was particularly poignant at that moment. A man was cleaning his aquarium and had placed the fishies in the bathtub filled with water until their home was fresh and clean and sparkly. He observed with amusement, that they didn’t enjoy their new found freedom by swimming in the entire tub. Instead, they huddled in one corner, which (no surprise) was the same size of the space they had occupied in the fish tank. And so it is with many of us, myself included. How often do I play it safe, dipping my toe in the water, since I don’t want to make a big splash? I forget that as I immerse in the ocean of love and inspiration, any water that I spray about, gets on others who may be standing on the shore. They may see me having so much fun, that they may be encouraged to dive in themselves.
I’m reminded of a quote that I am paraphrasing here: We can go to the ocean with a bucket or a thimble…the ocean doesn’t care. You are so worthy of that watery wealth.
Rev. Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a Renaissance Woman and Bliss Mistress who delights in inviting people to live rich, full, juicy lives. Edie is an internationally recognized, sought after, colorfully creative journalist, interviewer and author, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, offering uniquely designed spiritual rituals. In addition, she is a PR Goddess, promoting events and transformational teachers, healers, writers and artists. She speaks on the subjects of wellness, spirituality, sexuality, creativity, time management, recovery, body image, mindfulness, self esteem, stress management, re-creating yourself, caring for the caregiver, loss and grief. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV. Edie is currently writing her first best selling book entitled The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into The Extraordinary and is offering a workshop for women who want to re-create their lives, based on those concepts. A 20 year old journalistic vision came to pass in July of 2008 when she interviewed His Holiness The Dalai Lama. It was a potent reminder to never, ever, ever give up on our dreams. Over the years, Edie has written for mainstream and transformational publications. She has interviewed hundred of notables in the transformational fields, including Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, Leonard Peltier, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Beckwith, Jonathan Goldman, Gregg Braden, Neale Donald Walsch, Mary Manin Morrissey, Dan Millman, Alan Cohen, Ram Dass, Jack Canfield, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Patch Adams, Ben and Jerry, Donna DeLory, James Twyman, Elizabeth Lesser, Michael Franti and Jean Houston. Her website is http://www.liveinjoy.org
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