Find Your Bliss Here!

What if Bliss were a living ‘thing’ - a living, breathing energy??? It’s time for breathing in the beauty of the season. So naturally, on one of these ‘looking-at-the-clouds-passing-by kind of days I would be pondering ……..Bliss.

My imagination kicked in: What if Bliss were a living ‘thing’ – a living, breathing energy??? If so, then what does it look like? How can it be described? What are its characteristics? When does it show up? If bliss is a living, flowing energy whose purpose is to surprise and delight, how can I become more attuned to its presence? How can I welcome it more and more into my life?

I spent the day imagining words that describe Bliss. Here are just a few from my long list: Freedom, ecstacy, happiness, delight, harmony, joy, peace, delight, joyfulness, excitement, adventure, silence, lack of resistance, free expression, contentment, gratitude, bliss, laughter, merriment, calm. Each of these connects me with the feeling of Bliss. After ‘trying on’ each of these words for an afternoon, I was, as you can imagine feeling pretty Bliss-full!

If Bliss is this delightful energy, how does it show up?  I discovered that Bliss is very clever! Its creativity is unlimited in its desire and power to delight. It shows up everywhere and to everyone; how it manifests is based on our unique likesBliss is very clever! and pleasures. Bliss loves to show up in music, in nature, in beauty, in food and drink, in ‘special’ times and in ordinary, in every expression through the senses, in silence, in noise, in solitude, in crowds, in ‘down time’, at work and in any of the 24 hours of the day!

After pondering this for a few days, I discovered a perfect example of how Bliss spreads its delight and magic. The short video below is the most enchanting example of one woman accepting and living her Bliss I have ever seen. (I experienced Bliss just watching her!). I invite you to watch this short, Bliss-filled video (make sure you watch until the very end!); we will finish with how to invite this energy to flow through your life and your days…..

How to connect with this spry, delightful energy called Bliss: Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Begin by identifying with a word that connects you to a feeling of Bliss (joy, peace, laughter, delight, bliss etc.) Then, throughout each day, actively put your ‘feelers out’ for circumstances that come your way that allow you to experience that word/feeling in your day (don’t worry – it will be there!). When you recognize it, STOP and feel it! Experience it! (After all, isn’t this what we’re all after – the experience of Bliss?) Acknowledge and thank it. It’s a habit, so commit to growing it everyday. (You’ll have so much fun looking for evidence of Bliss flowing through your life that it will be a fun habit to create!)

To FEEL bliss is a habit. It’s there…………are you ready to experience it? –
You look GOOD wrapped in Bliss! –Joan Kappes

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New Adventures Coming Soon!

logo5It’s time to fly higher and leap ‘bigger’, Come to the Edge Today! travelers!

A new format is coming very soon with even greater opportunities to discover the majesty, Love and depth of Who-we-really-are.  This new approach will incorporate the wisdom we have uncovered here at ‘The Edge’ these past 4+ years leading us to even more discoveries and ‘ahas’ in this adventurous life we are living.

If you are new to our community at ‘Come to the Edge Today!’, join us.  You will fit right in as your wisdom and searching has led you right here!  Feel free to explore the dozens of topics and reflections (complete with ‘leaping’ exercises) contained within.  This site is a gift to you with the purpose of providing a unique, personal space for you to uncover the magic and beauty of who You really are by answering Life’s invitation to ‘Come to the Edge Today!’, taking your leap and l-i-v-i-n-g, perhaps for the first time.  (If you’re wondering what is ‘Come to the Edge Today!, listen to an interview which explains everything!  Click this link and listen to episode 1.

So, while I eagerly put together the new format, continue listening, hearing and answering Life’s daily, loving invitation to embrace the magnificence of You!

The adventure of Life just keeps getting better – Joan Kappes

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How To Experience Your Best Holiday Season Yet!

sritangphotoThis season, throw out the anxiousness of your ‘to do’ lists and ‘have to’s!  Eliminate the dreadful feeling of putting up with people you feel obligated to see or events you don’t want to attend.  Let go of the worrisome thought that ‘I don’t have enough money’ or ‘nobody cares about me’.  Reject whatever is showing up as lack in your life.

Regardless of your current circumstances, this can be the most meaningful, joyful, growth filled holiday season of your life – beginning right now!

How?

By embracing the most precious gift already in your possession……………this gift may surprise you!

Join me below at ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ Radio for ‘How to Experience a Joy Full Holiday Season’.  These fewClaire Louise minutes reveal the gift that is yours to use….easily and effectively….right now.  Discover practical tips and tools for how to use this gift and quickly learn to refocus so you can enjoy not only this season, but your l-i-f-e!

Turn off all distractions, grab your favorite beverage, dim the lights, click the ‘play’ button (or download the mp3) below and begin your best season yet!

 

Listen below or Download “How to Experience a Joy Full Holiday Season”
 
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“In All Things Give Thanks” – 30 Day Challenge

in all things 3‘Tis the season for Giving Thanks!

The season:  Thanksgiving

The adventure:  “In All Things Give Thanks” – 30 Day Challenge

The outcome:  Unique, fun, life changing!  The final prize to be uncovered by you in one month

 

The what, the why, the how plus easy, useful tips for your fabulous 30 day adventure are found in Episode 19 of  ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ radio, (listen to audio or mp3 below).

Give yourself permission to be thankful and see what happens………..

 

Listen below or Download “In All Things Give Thanks” – 30 Day Challenge

 

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This is YOUR Night to Shine!

John’s Garden by Peter Mayer – You Tube

It’s Halloween season (one of my favorites!) and with it comes….. pumpkins.  What do pumpkins have to do with  “Come to the Edge Today”?

Actually, everything.

Listen to this great song by Peter Mayer as he tells the wonderful story of pumpkins deciding who to “become” on Halloween.

Today’s “leaping” practice:  After listening, you decide………Who will you be:  The Jack-O-Lantern or the pumpkin on the vine?

John’s Garden Lyrics

Farmer John wandered back
And when he reached the pumpkin patch, began to speak
He said “the weather’s getting colder
Summer’s over and it’s almost Halloween
That’s the day, the reason you were raised
When everything about your life will change

You will have eyes to see, and for that night, you’ll be
A bright lamp burning in the darkness
But remember that candle shines for only the briefest time
In a jack-o-lantern’s heart”

The pumpkins held a meeting then
Some were very apprehensive and afraid
“Could this really happen to us?
What could be the meaning?” is what they were saying
“This is home, it’s all we’ve ever known”
Then one bold, outspoken pumpkin spoke

He said
“I don’t need eyes to see , it sounds like a lie to me
I like it just fine here in John’s garden
And remember that candle shines for only the briefest time
In a jack-o-lantern’s heart”

There is much to ask and to ponder in the pumpkin patch
When imposing old October shows up at last

Then a pumpkin from the farther end
Who had been silent up till then
Over the commotion, said
“What would you rather have my friends
A chance to shine, or die here on the vine?
The better way seems very plain to me

You will have eyes to see, and for that night, you’ll be
A bright lamp burning in the darkness
And maybe that candle shines for only the briefest time
In a jack-o-lantern’s heart
Oh, but one goblin’s smile should make it all well worth while
You know you might even see the starlight
And knowing that time is brief, makes it that much more sweet
When you have a jack-o-lantern’s heart”

Here’s to my kindred spirits who have Jack-O-Lantern hearts – Joan Kappes

Photos courtesy of Tinypic

 

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What Is It That You Really Like To Do?

Julie and Julia

shareasimage (7)“What is it that you REALLY like to do?”
This is the life changing question Paul Child asked his wife, Julia Child after moving to France in the 1950s. The answer flowed from her without hesitation, “EAT! That’s what I really like to do! I am good at it!” She followed her passion which led to a journey beyond her wildest imagination. Julia simply followed what felt joyous to her; she went with the flow and enjoyed life as it unfolded and expanded.  There was no grand plan. For her, it was about the journey – the process of researching, writing…. and eating! (‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ took 8 years from inception to publication.  There are now over 34 printings and 3 editions!).  Julia Child accepted Life’s invitation to “Come to the Edge Today”.  Wondering what to do with her life, she identified her joy and said “yes” to exploring it.  She leaped into her adventure and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today’s “leaping exercise”:
Ask yourself: “What is it that I REALLY like to do?”
Be honest! Be true! Let yourself really speak the answer! Write it down. Post it in your bathroom, in your wallet, on your desk and on the fridge. Let your imagination feel it, see it and touch it! Allow the dream living inside of you to come to the surface.  Let it grow in your mind and in your imagination.  Next, using your imagination, write as many action items as you can to begin living your dream now!  (Julia began by taking cooking lessons.  Julie, in the movie ‘Julie and Julia’ (based on a true story) began by cooking and blogging her way through ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’).  Enjoy, foster and grow your dream by ‘doing’ one of these action items each day, or as often as you can.  Commit!  Do it!  Experience your dream coming true and revel in how quickly it expands!julia

Answering Life’s invitation to leap at ‘The Edge’ is SO much fun – Joan Kappes

 

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Jump Into Your Happyness Circle!

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Step into your Happyness Circle!!!  Better yet, JUMP IN!

Let go!

Laugh!

Be Curious!

Imagine!

     Forgive!

     Love!

     Do what you would you have done with this drawing at      age 4 or 6 or 8

     Take a chance……….and Live Free!

100_3392Today’s ‘Leaping Exercise’:  Make your own chalk ‘Happyness Circle’ on your sidewalk or driveway (and yes, feel free to spell it as ‘happyness’, just for fun!)  Physically step into your circle!  Invite friends and neighbors to do the same!  If you cannot draw on the street, draw it on a piece of paper, share it and carry it with you.  Step!  Jump!  Leap!  Take a chance…..to be happy!

Happiness is indeed….”Here” – Joan Kappes100_3391

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Thanks to Ellen Kappes for spreading her joy in the photos!