By Edie Weinstein
On October 1, 2022, I experienced a bucket list item, as I stepped on the stage of TEDx Faurot Park in Lima, Ohio to offer a talk called Overcoming the Taboo of Touch. Heart beating, after six months of prep time, I knocked their socks off, according to some who viewed it live and in person and livestreamed and now on You Tube.
If people are introduced to the idea that nurturing, platonic touch, by consent, is natural, healing and necessary to feed skin hunger, they are more likely to feel connected to the world around them.
In professional psychotherapeutic settings, for too long, we have believed the trope that therapists shouldn’t touch their clients for fear of negative impact. I intend to help viewers, whether they are clinical professionals or receivers of counseling services, understand that the same type of touch mentioned above can be therapeutic and can enhance the professional relationship, thus making it more effective.
Together we can create a touch positive society where touch is abundant, safe, nurturing and consensual…where no one is starved for this fundamental human need.
In it, I spoke about my passion project called Hugmobsters Armed With Love which I founded the day after Valentine’s Day of 2014. A few months later, I had a heart attack which increased my enthusiasm for this heart-to-heart work.
I invite you to watch my talk and share it with your circles, so we can spread the love!
REV. EDIE WEINSTEIN, MSW, LSW
Love Ambassador, Opti-Mystic & Bliss Mistress
Edie delights in inviting people to live rich, full, juicy lives. She is an internationally recognized, sought after, colorfully creative journalist, interviewer, author and editor, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, licensed social worker and interfaith minister, BLISS coach, event producer, certified Laughter Yoga Leader, certified Cuddle Party facilitator, and Cosmic Concierge. Edie is the founder of Hug Mobsters Armed with Love, which offers FREE HUGS events world- wide on a planned and spontaneous basis. For more than three years, she was the host of the Vivid Life Radio show called It’s All About Relationships.
She speaks on the subjects of wellness, relationships, trauma recovery, addiction, mental health, spirituality, sexuality, loss and grief.
Edie is the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary and co-author of Embraced By the Divine: The Emerging Woman’s Gateway to Power, Passion and Purpose. She has also contributed to several anthologies and personal growth books, including Taming the Anger Dragon: From Pissed Off to Peaceful.
Over the past 30 years, she has had the honor of interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Louise Hay, Judith Orloff, Debbie Ford, Arielle Ford, don Miguel Ruiz, Wayne Dyer, Bernie Siegel, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, Grover Washington, Jr., Dan Millman, Ram Dass, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Weaver, Mariel Hemingway, Ben & Jerry and SARK.
In the last four decades, she has worked with those who have been diagnosed with life-altering conditions, including mental health issues, cardiac disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, end-stage conditions, eating disorders, addiction, traumatic brain injury, stroke, depression, and anxiety. She focuses on her clients’ resilience and assists them in developing a solid toolkit of coping skills. As both a clinician and a patient, she is aware of what it is like to be on the other side of the treatment relationship and can be of service to the patient, their caregivers, as well as the treatment team. Edie can address the issues that arise such as body image, trauma, sexuality, relationship changes, vulnerability, change in physical or cognitive ability, aging, end of life issues, and communicating needs.
If you want to:
- Embrace life fully
- Release patterns that have kept you from moving forward
- Re-write the narrative to create the life of your dreams and desires
- Enhance your relationships
- Become an Opti-Mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility
“Contact me today to see how I can meet the needs of your organization, publication or the person who looks back at you when you gaze in the mirror.
Edie delights in inviting people to live rich, full, juicy lives. She is an internationally recognized, sought after, colorfully creative journalist, interviewer, author and editor, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, licensed social worker and interfaith minister, BLISS coach, event producer, certified Laughter Yoga Leader, certified Cuddle Party facilitator, and Cosmic Concierge. Edie is the founder of Hug Mobsters Armed With Love, which offers FREE HUGS events world- wide on a planned and spontaneous basis.
She speaks and writes on the subjects of wellness, relationships, trauma recovery, addiction, mental health, peace and social justice, spirituality, sexuality, loss and grief. She experienced a bucket list item when she interviewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama.