Posts filed under ‘Conscious Quotes’

BLISS in the sad times, too.

Last Saturday I weeped through a beautiful memorial service for family friend David Bertke.  We had met Dave and his wife, Phyllis, through Sean’s parents many years ago and had enjoyed each other at dinners, church and even on a photo shoot in 2007 as they became our models.  What I remember most about Dave where his shining eyes and his constant, hopeful, upbeat expression.  I don’t remember him ever not smiling.  ever.

A mutual friend, Laura Neff, posted her favorite quote from the service on facebook.  She wrote:

‘”He wasn’t a glass half empty kind of guy. He wasn’t even a glass half full kind of guy. His glass just never stopped overflowing!’ <– Shared by the widow of a much-loved man at his memorial service yesterday. Really made me think about what I’d want folks to be able to say about me at MY memorial service, and how to live that way NOW.”

That was my favorite quote, as well.  Another contributer to the service agreed and recounted story of how his wife and Dave had been talking after church one Sunday when a third person joined the conversation with an attitude of doom and gloom.  When the third party left, Dave turned to her and said something to the affect of, “I simply find the world so wonderful that I don’t have time to worry about that stuff.”

I love this concept and immediately asked myself to consider being a bit more like Dave.  To not get caught up (as I sometimes do) in the “hell in a handbasket” mentality common with people who wish to change the world… but to be as Ghandi suggested and be the change I wish to see, by getting caught up in all that is right with the world.  To cherrish each blade of grass and each flower, to celebrate the song of birds and for me… the sounds of crickets and frogs croaking in the marsh, or the buzz of the summer cicadas, the breeze on my skin, the joy of a friend’s laughter or the look in my love’s eyes just before he says “I love my babee!” And a million other wonderful things.

Yes, Dave, you are right.  Who has time for gloom?

It was the music that stayed with me more than anything though.  Clair de lune by Debussy filled the room during the prelude… and another song touched my heart… the words are below and they sum up my thoughts on how to say goodbye to the people we love here on the physical plane.  In fact, it is to not say goodbye at all…

I’m choosing to believe that we always exist on the ethereal planes of our universe, as Einstein proved energy can never be created or destroyed, but sometimes we are concentrated here in the physical.  And just because the soul is no longer connected to the body, I choose to believe that the soul lives on, that Dave still exists.  And so while I cried for those he left behind and the loss they will suffer, I feel love and joy for him and the person he was.  And I feel inspired by the way he lived his life and a deep desire to be more like him.  And I hope that one day I will understand how to feel only love and joy for the grieving as well, as the Course in Miracles teaches me that when I sigh, the whole world sighs with me.  Perhaps the world would appreciate my choice to be happy instead.

Let It Be a Dance (by Rick Maston)

Let it be a dance we do.
May I have this dance with you?
For the good times, and the bad times too,
Let it be a dance.

Let a dancing song be heard.
Play the music. Say the words.
Fill the sky with sailing birds.
Let it be a dance. Let it be a dance. Let it be a dance.

Every body turn and spin.
Let your bodies learn to bend
Like a willow in the wind,
And let it be a dance.

A child is born. We all must die.
A time for joy, a time to cry —
So, take it as it passes by,
And let it be a dance. Let it be a dance. Let it be a dance.

Let it be a dance we do.
May I have this dance with you?
For the good times, and the bad times too,
Let it be a dance.

The morning star comes out at night.
Without the dark, there’d be no light.
Yet, if nothing’s wrong, then nothing’s right.
So, let it be a dance. Let it be a dance. Let it be a dance.

Let the sun shine. Let it rain.
Share the laughter. Bear the pain.
Round and round we go again,
And let it be a dance.

Let it be a dance we do.
May I have this dance with you?
For the good times, and the bad times too,
Let it be a dance.

Copyright Rick Marsden

This entry is dedicated to my friend Cristy Irvin Phillips who lost her mom this past weekend.  My heart and love are with you.

July 6, 2010 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

BLISSfix Quotables – Empathy

Empathy is being present to what the other person is experiencing, not being stimulated by it or even trying to fix it. When we allow the person before us to simply be… we are offering ourselves in what some have called unconditional love. – Catherine Cadden, our speaker tomorrow night

taken from her book Peaceable Revolution Through Education

In reading Catherine’s book, I’m feeling hope for all the weary teachers, students and parents out there.  Catherine talks about the importance of ‘doubt’… and I interpreted it to mean the importance of ‘questioning the status quo.’  Our school systems aren’t working… our teachers are tired, frustrated, and at a loss, our students are behind, angry, and bored… it’s time for a change I believe this book provides some answers for where we are to go next.  The answer is put compassion and connection to our creativity back into the schools and a love for learning will naturally take place.  It is the vision of Maria Montesorri and Catherine Cadden made it possible in her TEMBA school.  Thank you Catherine for being who you are!

If you know a weary teacher, frustrated parent or child… please share this with them and invite them to our FREE Peace Rising gathering tomorrow night, Jan. 15th 7-9pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

January 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm 2 comments

BLISSfix Loves this Poem…

You are Magnificent

You are a great and magnificent divine being.

Your beauty shines in the darkness like a candle flame,

Spreading love and joy wherever you go.

You sprinkle the world with love

So now love yourself the way I love you.

May you realize who you are so others may walk with you.

May you realize your own divinity so others may join you.

You are God’s child, perfect as you are, encased in love.

From your depths others will rise

So listen to your inner voice

And let your brightness shine through.

You are a great and magnificent divine being,

You are powerful beyond measure.

You are on this Earth so I may love you. Let me love me.

Love yourself the way I love you, unconditionally and eternally.

You are a great and magnificent divine being.

Love yourself the way I love you, unconditionally and eternally

Forever and always.

I am with you.

– Rebekah Moan, creator of Another World is Probable Blog

Rebekah wrote this while searching the internet for a Rumi poem that had the line “you are a great and magnificent divine being.”  When she couldn’t find it, she felt this poem come through her instead.  I love the essence of this and hope that someone makes it into a song.

August 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

BLISSfix recommends Dr. Zimmerman’s Tips

I don’t usually read forwards… but this one caught my attention.  It reminds me of Baz Lurhmans Speach Song from the late 90s.  Sometimes it’s just nice to have a little reminder about the things that tend to lead to a happy and fulfilling life.  Below I have included my favorites from his list of 50 Tips.  Most of them were favorites!  Enjoy!

Find more of Dr. Zimmerman’s tips at :



1. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

2. Get a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

3. Have backups: an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps in the car, whatever will lower your stress.

4. Surround yourself with what you love … whether it’s pets, plants, music, hobbies, or keepsakes. Make your home your refuge.

5. Enjoy the simple things.

6. Take one day at a time.

7. Slow down. (Heather’s motto: “I’m always in the perfect place at the perfect time!”)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Spread big changes and difficult projects over time. Don’t lump all the hard things together.


10. Eat right.

11. Go to bed on time. Get enough rest.

12. Get up on time. Start your day with calmness.

13. Drive carefully. Cars aren’t the only things that can be recalled by their maker.

14. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

15. Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.


16. Laugh. And then laugh some more — even if you have to fake it til you make it.

17. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

18. Do something for the kid in you every day.

19. Smile. Peace starts with a smile.

20. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

21. Do what is right. Forbidden fruits create jams.

22. Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

23. Let the tears come. Endure, grieve, and move on. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

25. Don’t forget … birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


26. Talk less. Listen more.

27. Tell your loved ones … that you love them … at every opportunity.

28. Keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

29. Be kind to unkind people. They probably need it the most. And if you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

30. Don’t put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

32. Forgive. Most people are doing the best they can with what they have.


33. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

34. Build memories. Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

35. Learn to get along … just like crayons. Some are sharp. Some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors. But they all have to live in the same box.

36. Let go of grudges. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

37. Refrain from judgment.

39. Take time … every day … to be alone … and relish the power of peace and quiet.

40. Listen to a motivational CD while you’re driving … a CD that will improve your quality of life.

41. Write down every great thought that comes to you. Chances are you won’t remember them, and it may take you another 20 years to learn the lesson you just lost.

42. Keep a folder of your favorite sayings on hand.

43. Write down one thing you’re grateful for. And then add one more thing to your list each and every day.

44. Make a list of what you want to do, have, experience, and witness before you die. It’s a sure way to get a lot more of what you want in your life!

45. Strive for excellence. It is not necessary to be perfect. Excellence will do just fine!

46. Walk your talk. It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

47. Remember, when you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

48. Pray. Then take some time to listen. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

50. Remember … the Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.


Circle three tips that you will focus on this week, and then consciously

follow those tips for the next seven days. Let them become a habit in

your life.

Make it a great week!

Dr. Alan Zimmerman

August 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm 1 comment

BLISSfix Quotable

“There is a formula for alchemical manifestations and spiritual mastery.  The catch is that once you find the formula you no longer need it, because you have become the formula in the process of your searching.”

– Richard Bartlett, D.C., N.D  Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation

July 17, 2009 at 4:00 am Leave a comment