2020 Summer Bliss Buzzz... Truth


Aloha Bliss circle,

Truth.

Tell the truth that is arising through you.
Let go and surrender into truth...
truth is felt in the heart, and in a space of humility.

Have the courage and willingness to be uncomfortable.
Do not be afraid of change and transformation.

When truth is denied, suppressed or avoided,
it creates great imbalance and suffering on Earth.
Only through truth can we return to our source, which is love.

We all have an inner guidance system in the heart,
inviting us into deeper truth, awareness, and healing.
Be willing to listen to the truth, and to reflect and stand for truth
wherever you are - within yourself, your family, and your community.

As we dive deeper into truth, we are able to heal and evolve,
and create relationships based on love and deeper understanding.
Do not let sadness and pain, or messages of
division, hatred or separation, overwhelm you.
It is time to come together as one human family, in love and unity.
Let us remember who we truly are, and harness our soul potential
to live in healthy, diverse, caring communities,
with a deep respect for all life.

It is an honour to hold space, and be a bridge and guide...
Summer offerings include:

Bliss Guided Meditation Sessions
Private Guidance Sessions
Decolonize Your Mind, Come Home to Heart Workshop (Aug)
Earth Steward: Haudenosaunee Daily Thanks Audio

Read Truth Blog - evolving through Truth
My Journey- Being an Ally with Indigenous & Black Communities
- Rising together to end systemic racism and injustice
#BlackLivesMatter #IndigenousLivesMatter

Simple Healthy Recipes:
Homemade Hummus
Avocado Toast with Hemp Seeds & Lemon
Dandelion Leaves : )

May we free our minds, expand in truth, and dwell together in heart space.
May you enjoy a nourishing Summer! : )
From the light in me to the light in you... all One.
In unity and love,
Irena

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Bliss Guided Meditation

Enjoy this simple
and powerful practice.
Come home to...
peace...
love...
ease.

Meditation classes explore:
simple meditation on the breath, mantra meditation, loving-kindness meditation, mudra meditations, as well as other guided journeys.

 

Bliss Guided Meditation Sessions

Enjoy creating a sense of clarity, peace and well-being through a meditation practice. Meditation sessions will include simple seated meditations as well as a lying down guided relaxation/visualization meditation.
No experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing, and have an extra layer and pillow handy.
Class will be held online, via Skype group video.

When:  7-8:15pm on
  Tues June 30, 2020
  Wed July 15, 2020
  Tues July 28, 2020
  Wed Aug 12, 2020


By Donation: The classes will be held by donation. Donations may be made via Schedule page www.aboutbliss.com/schedule.html (top of page) or via e-transfer, thank you.

You will need Skype, to participate in the session, and we may need to confirm the connection beforehand, thank you.

To sign-up:
Email Irena to sign up and for more details. Please register by the day before class if possible, thank you.

 

Decolonize your Mind, Come Home to Heart Workshop

Decolonize Your Mind...
Come Home to Heart Workshop

When:  7-8:30pm, Tues Aug 25, 2020

Online Workshop
In this session we will explore some common imprints, expand awareness within ourselves and our lineage/culture, and offer tools and practices to evolve our consciousness into greater understanding, freedom, connection, and love. To decolonize, we must be willing to make the journey from head to heart, and be open to healing and change. May we have the courage to make this journey...
The session will include a guided experiential portion. You will also need:

  • a journal/notebook and pen,
  • a comfortable quiet sitting area, and
  • an online connection.

By Donation: This online workshop will be held by donation. Donations may be made via Schedule page www.aboutbliss.com/schedule.html (top of page) or via e-transfer, thank you.

To sign-up: Please email Irena for more information and to sign up.

 

Private Bliss Sessions in Meditation, Yoga, Guidance, Hawaiian Healing, Art, Dance and more

Private Bliss Sessions...
in Meditation, Yoga,
Concious Dance, Art,
Hawaiian Healing Arts, and
'Soul Guidance' sessions
.

Email Irena to arrange a private session and for more details.

To learn more about Bliss offerings please visit www.aboutbliss.com.

 

Be an Earth Steward - Give Thanks Daily

> Listen to Audio mp3 file

 

Love and Thank Mother Earth every day

Earth Steward
- Giving Thanks to Mother Earth

Our relationship with the Earth is reflected in our thoughts, intentions and actions every day. In giving thanks, we cultivate a deeper awareness, and love and respect for our Mother.

Indigenous Nations hold wise teachings and practices that have sustained people in good relationship with Mother Earth for millenia. I'm very thankful to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) for the wisdom and beauty of their daily Thanks-giving address. Please join me for a reading of the Haudenosaunee Thanks-giving daily address (Kanyen'kehà:ka Mohawk translation).

The COVID-19 pandemic is encouraging us to see the imbalanced modern relationship with the Earth. Restoring a good relationship begins within... we must first plant the seed of intention for a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth. Trust this is possible and it will guide you in a healing restoring journey.

As we give daily thanks to Mother Earth, we nourish ourselves and all our relations, and can better live Aloha ʻĀina, Mālama ʻĀina - love and stewardship of the Earth.

Join me in cultivating this daily space of gratitude, and planting seeds that may blossom and flourish for years to come!
May our minds and hearts be ONE with all life. Niá:wen, Miigwech, Mahalo, Thank you.

 

All ONE... Love

 

Antiracism Rally Time for Truth

 

Antiracism Rally Irena's Sign

 

Antiracism Rally Irena's Sign End White Privilege Supremacy Decolonize

 

Expand awareness...

Watch Ava Duvernay's documentary "13TH" youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8
- powerful truths to understanding systemic anti-black racism and criminalization of black people.

 

June is Indigenous Month:
Become a more informed, responsible Canadian settler:

  1. Watch Alanis Obomsawin's documentaries (on NFB site). Filmmaker Alanis Oboomsawin shares compassionate truthful stories of Indigenous peoples experiences under Canada.
  2. Read the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) recognizing this as a genocide.
  3. Read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Every Canadian is called to action - ask yourself, what are you prepared to do?
  4. Read UNDRIP - United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On the lands where you dwell become more informed about the devastating impacts of colonization on the original peoples, Indigenous Nations - a legacy of genocide, dispossession from lands, broken treaties, fractured families and communities, residential schools, ecological devastation, and systemic oppression, racism and poverty. There is much work to do to restore right relationship with Indigenous Nations and ensure their inherent rights to self-determination on these lands. In Canada, it's shocking to learn for example, that Indigenous Nations have less than 0.5% of the land - this is not right relationship, and we must work to change this.

We have much to heal, to learn and remember, and to restore...
Indigenous Nations have demonstrated living in harmony and balance with the Earth for thousands of year. Let us move with commitment to restore right relationship with Indigenous Nations wherever we are. It is time... #LandBack #UNDRIP

Truth Blog - Truth guides us on a path of evolution, healing, and transformation. Truth is always felt in the heart and in a space of humility. Read Truth Blog>

#BlackLivesMatter
#IndigenousLivesMatter

Let us come together to end systemic racism and injustice. In unity and love we rise and can evolve beyond old structures based on fear and oppression. Sharing some of my learning journey if it's helpful.

In this '20/20' year, many truths are being revealed and seen, in ways that people can no longer easily avoid or deny. Truth helps to shatter the delusions we've been living under, perhaps for generations. We are being called into greater awareness and responsibility now, and to work to restore just, harmonious relationships within our one human family. In truth, if any one member of our human family is oppressed and suffering, then we all suffer. There is no separation, no 'other'.

People have been living with the imprints of colonization now for generations, suffering from institutionalized racism, oppression, white supremacy, violence, and militarism. Most of our government, media, legal, police/military, health, housing, and education systems are rooted in concepts of white privilege and supremacy, fear, and dominion.

There is a lot of healing and evolving work to do, especially for white/European peoples who may not yet understand how colonized they are, and how imbalanced the institutions they've created and participated in for generations are. To evolve we must be willing to be uncomfortable, and to expand into deeper understanding.

The source of all life is ONE consciousness, and this consciousness is unity and love. We are all part of this circle of life, all sharing One consciousness. Expressions of bullying, blame, hate, greed, separation, lack of caring, oppression, systemic violence, and dominion are not coming from source, but from a fearful mind disconnected from source. The truth is always accessed in the heart and in a space of humility. The truth will set us free, but first we must be willing to 'wake up' and make that journey.

Let us continue to stand together and speak the truth. I joined a march with thousands, a 'rainbow tribe' with many youth, gathered in a united vision of justice, and an end to systemic racism and violence against Black and Indigenous peoples. These marches are part of a global wave rising. The heartbreaking killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Chantel Moore, Rodney Levi, Rayshard Brooks, and many others, are just recent examples of systemic racism, violence and oppression being perpetuated for generations. We must be willing to see the truth in the imbalanced foundations of most institutions today - foundations of fear, dominion, white privilege, and oppression. We can do better here as one human family! We must continue to speak the truth, to stand together, and to realize our true human capacity to live in healthy, diverse, caring, and respectful ways together.

Embrace this time of change and transformation. It is not an easy time. Old structures are being challenged. Do not let sadness and pain or negativity overwhelm you. Many spiritual teachers have foretold a time of great awakening, when many signs on Mother Earth will encourage people to 'wake up'. This is a potential time for people to do so and to restore their place in the sacred circle of all life on Earth. Know that we can walk a path of greater understanding, empathy, unity, and love.

This is our work - our birthright and our responsibility here. Know we can do better as humans, to truly live as reflections of our One source, expressed as love and unity with all life. Let this intention light our way forward...

In truth and unity we rise. We truly are all in this together, one flock, one human family! Let us breathe a new reality into being - one of respect, love and freedom for all people, all life on Mother Earth.

If it's helpful, am sharing some of my learning journey in seeking to be a more informed and responsible ally and human on Earth. This journey includes:

  • Indigenous Centre connections, Indigenous-led learning and gatherings, books and films, and other advocacy/donations.
  • Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and ongoing learning through gatherings/advocacy, donations, books and films.
  • Hawaiian experiences aligned with my heart intention to support island resilience, and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural teachings, practices and live aloha ʻāina, mālama ʻāina (earth stewardship) in community.
  • other personal, spiritual practices that support my alignment with 'source', the One consciousness, which expresses as love and unity with all life.

This is an ongoing journey, guided by heart (spirit) and humility. Let your heart guide you on your path ahead...

In truth, unity, and love we rise.
namaste,
Irena

 

Sharing some healthy simple recipes : ) ...
may you enjoy a nourishing summer!

Homemade Hummus

 

Tip: Hummus can be frozen : )

If you’re using glass jars, simply ensure the glass jar is suitable for freezing and has sufficient empty space at the top (left about 1 inch of space at the top). Mason jars are suitable for freezing, as well as some jelly jars, etc. I placed two of the prepared jars in the freezer and simply removed them a day or so ahead, to thaw in the fridge before use

Homemade Hummus
This homemade hummus is healthy, simple, delicious, and can be modified to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

2 cans (900 g) chickpeas
   (reserve the liquid from 1 can)
1 tablespoon olive oil (or more)
1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1/8 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
Other optional seasonings/ingredients: ground pepper, ginger, turmeric, roasted red peppers.
(Yield: < 4 cups)

Directions:

  1. Place chickpeas, liquid from 1 can of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin (and any other ingredients) into the Blender/Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to ensure thorough blending.
  3. Blend about 1 minute, using a tamper to push the ingredients into the blades, as needed.
  4. Add additional seasoning (eg., salt) to taste, as desired.
  5. Refrigerate (or freeze), and enjoy! : )

See other Bliss Recipes.

 

Avocado Toast with Hemp Seeds and Lemon

 

Avocado Toast with Hemp Seeds & Lemon : )
This simple recipe is handy anytime, especially in hotter weather. The hemp seeds add a delicious nuttiness while the lemon juice provides a bright freshness! Enjoy all the healthy fats!

Ingredients:

1-2 slices of your favourite bread
Optional - butter for toasted bread
1 small avocado (peeled and cut into slices)
1 lemon slice (or lemon juice)
1 tspn Hemp seeds (or more, to taste)
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast your favourite bread, and butter the toast if you like : )
  2. Peel and slice 1 small avocado and generously spread over the toasted bread.
  3. Squeeze a slice of lemon (or lemon juice) over the avocado toast.
  4. Sprinkle Hemp seeds over the toast.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Enjoy! : )

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Dandelion Beauty

Dandelion leaves

Dandelion Leaves : )
- Tasty & healthy!

Enjoy adding dandelion leaves to your salad. Dandelion leaves are tasty raw, steamed, sautéed, or braised. Served with eggs is very yummy : ).

Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, vitamin E, folate and small amounts of B vitamins.
I enjoy the slightly bitter taste of dandelion leaves in my salads, but to reduce their bitterness you may wish to blanch them. Blanch by placing the leaves in boiling salted water for a short time (i.e., 30 seconds to 2 minutes), then draining the greens and transferring to ice/cold water.

If you're picking dandelion leaves, it's helpful to pick the young leaves from the inside of the plant from natural organic growing areas, or you may get them now in many local supermarkets and farmer's markets. Dandelion leaves become more bitter as they age and are exposed to sunlight.

 

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Irena Summer Bliss 2020  Truth

May we dive deep into truth,
be humble and work to restore good relationships
- with ourselves, other people, and all life on Mother Earth.
Let's transform and BE the change.
in unity and love,
I
rena

‘O ka ‘olu‘olu e hau‘oli ia.
Happiness is kindness.

Mai kü me ka hö‘olo, akä e kü me ke akahai.
Don’t stand in an air of superiority, but stand in modesty.

Wise Hawaiian Proverbs from Hawaiian ‘Ölelo No‘eau

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