Bliss – noun – Definition of Bliss, perfect happiness; great joy
Every Sister has some exchange with another Sister that is special and sometimes even extraordinary [love this word].
We have created a special place on our website for you to share YOUR Blissings with others. See below where you can send your Blissings Stories to be added to this Wonderful page of Inspiration.
After our talent show at the GTW 2019 Annual Gathering, I was walking past the Silent Auction space and noticed a bit of festivities happening…lots of laughing/joking and play with 4 specific Sisters. CURIOUSLY I approached…what is going on? We were approaching the end of the auction and there was a very competitive bidding war going on. With lots of play and fun…
The bell ended the auction and I observed the sweetest exchange between these 2 hot bidders for a quilt. Of course there is a “winner” and a “loser”. I learned they were cousins just to make it a wee bit more interesting.
But what happened after the auction closed is what I consider a Blissing…”Perfect Happiness and Joy”
I reached out to both to write up their personal experience to share with other Sisters. Then I reached out to our Website Sister and asked if we could have space on our website to share “Sister Blissings”.
It is my deep heart desire this becomes a space where other Sisters share those precious tender extra-ordinary moments with each other. Unforgettable fleeting, random, unique etc moments treasured. Thank you for your considerations *)
September 2019 was my second-year attending Gather the Women’s annual gathering. As usual, I didn’t know what to expect yet I knew enough to trust. Trust that I would forever be shifted in one way or another for the betterment of who I choose to be in this world. Being surrounded by beautiful souls creates a space of authentically sharing, listening and growing. Sometimes such growth happens weeks after we say goodbye! That was the case this year, as I was asked to share the following story.
It was the final evening of the silent auction and I had my hopes on winning the beautiful Tree of Life quilt. I had all the “winning” strategies in place. So I thought!
As I waited for the last moment of outbidding anyone else, I turned around to see my cousin outbidding me! A mischievous back and forth of bids ensued and, in the end, she won! I was playfully very vocal about my upset and disbelief. What happened next is the magic of attending Gather the Women. When I turned around, I was greeted by my cousin gifting me the quilt as she said, “This is my gift to you for always being there for me throughout the years.” A mix bag of emotions surfaced. I was grateful, surprised and yet filled with judgement. Judgement is one of the emotions I am most sensitive about because of the role it has played in my personal life and yet here I was judging another. Weeks later I realized there was a greater gift given at that moment.
The events of the evening replayed in my mind as I traveled back home. I continuously reflected on what I was feeling, who was I being. Then I realized I needed to clean up with my cousin. It was the eve of Samhain, a time when we bury the things we are “done with” in our lives. I completed a four step clean up with her and I declared not to be powerfully judgmental anymore. Now in the space of where judgment resided is emptiness. In that emptiness is plenty of space to be filled with love and an opportunity to create authentic relationships.
I trusted that the weekend would forever shift me. Who knew a silent auction would be the catalyst to free myself from being powerfully judgmental in my life? I just wanted a beautiful quilt! Now when I wrap myself in the quilt, I’m reminded of the gift of judgmental freedom that was tucked away inside along with love and unlimited possibilities. How a single event can impact one’s life is the magic of attending a Gather the Women gathering!
New York, USA
I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Annual Gathering for Gather The Women in Maine in September. On one side we had the Atlantic Ocean and on the other side we had a beautiful forest, but what was amazing to me was what was in between. Amazing womyn so loving, full of positive energy, kindness when they said hello or hugged you, you felt it was true from the heart no judgement, true sister’s. It was a four day event starting with the Mother Circle to different activities and fundraisers.
One of the fund raisers was a silent auction. I had gone to the house where it was being held and looked over the items several times. The auction was done on Saturday night after a great night of entertainment by the sisters with singing and dancing. I went to the house again to look over the items again and as I was entering the house, my cousin Corinne, my sister Elaine (blood sister) and Dawn were on the porch. I entered the house and walked around to the tables again, when I noticed this gorgeous quilt in these amazing fall colors. So I decided to put a bid on it, as I am writing the bid I hear from the porch “is that my cousin oh no she’s not! “.
The next thing she’s standing next to me and she takes her time writing her full name, middle name included, as she’s doing that I go over to another table and get another pen. I knew the battle was on. I get back to the table and put my bid and with a little nudge form my sister Elaine I continue to write my name on all the lines except for one. Then my cousin goes to the bottom and writes her initials and as she is finishing I slip in and put my initials and bid on the sheet and as I’m finishing writing the last number to the bid, the auctioneer says the bidding is over. I won the quilt… my poor cousin went back into our childhood feelings of the sister’s beating her again and she’s walking to the other end of the room not believing that I had beat her again.
I paid the auctioneer, she gives me the quilt and I walk toward the girls. I gave the quilt to my cousin. I didn’t even think about it. I can truly say, I gave it to her from my heart. As I gave her the quilt I tell her “For everything you ever done for me”. You see, we are very close, we grew up together, we are more than cousins, we are soul sisters. She is an amazing womyn who I am lucky to have in my life. Nonetheless she was shocked as was everyone else in the room. I can honestly say that at that moment my mind, body, soul and heart were full of so much love from being around these amazing womyn for three days. My sister was able to capture the moment of the two of us rapped in the quilt…. a memory that will always be in my heart.
New York, USA
Please feel free to contact me, Dee Ryder-Mead, to have your Wonderful Sister Blissing story shared on this page. Email me at email@example.com. Have a Blissings Kind of Day ♥