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Follow Your Bliss

When I first heard about the Bliss Fest, I thought what a cool name for a festival. I mean how can you not feel good about such an event. The name alone conjures up feelings of happiness, contentment and brings a smile to your face. I felt strongly that I wanted to participate in this festival and so on a hot July 31st morning in Parkville, MO., by the Missouri River, a canopy(borrowed from Fair Share Farm) was pitched and the Quiet Moments Bliss Fest booth was born.

This was the third annual Bliss Fest and each year it has grown in the number of vendors, sponsors and volunteers. The number of visitors was steady, but not overwhelming. The vendors were varied and included massage therapists such as myself, energy workers, reflexologiy, raw food art, raw food vendors, yoga instructors, chiropractors, organic food growers, even a hula hoop booth and others promoting green eco friendly and sustainable businesses. There was music, guest speakers and a kids zone. Really there was something for anyone who wanted to explore or enhance a healthy lifestyle.

At the Quiet Moments booth mini massage or energy therapy sessions were offered for a donation to Northland Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to build a no kill shelter in the northland, as well as to educate everyone on proper and humane care of our fur friends. Many people took advantage of the opportunity to stretch out on the massage table and feel the tension released from their head, face arms and hands, others enjoyed an attunement energy session to help strengthen their endocrine system, each treatment brought a feeling of relaxation and a heightened sense of bliss.

On any given weekend in the spring/summer and fall there is a festival in the Kansas City area, usually one promoting arts and crafts, but we are currently living at a time in history where obesity is at an all time high, individuals take a multitude of medications to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, help them sleep, feel good about life and manage diabetes. We have a generation of children that will have a shorter life span than previous generations. Our carbon footprints are contributing to a planet that is challenged to sustain a quality of life. We need more festivals that engage us all to think healthy and live healthy not just for ourselves, but for our children and the planet. The Uptown Theater will be hosting a two day Green Fest in August. I hope everyone will visit this festival too, as the only way we will see them continue as venues and more to festivals like them to be created is by visitor participation.

So create, find and follow your bliss daily. There can never be too much bliss in the world.