How Do You Lean?

“New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!” ~Arthur C. Clarke

Clarke was a British author, inventor and futurist, most famous for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey. Of his three periods, which one do you lean toward most? What might be gained from an altogether new perspective—like “What would make this possible?”

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

Expanding Friendship

“Friendship: It’s like having a tiny apartment and somebody moves in with you. But instead of becoming cramped and crowded, the space expands, and you discover rooms you never knew you had until your friend moved in with you.” ~Steve Tesich

Is there a friend you’ve lost touch with that you might reach out to today? Or a friend you may be in regular communication with to whom you could express your love and gratitude—just because? How about spreading a little sunshine that way today?

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

Beyond Guilt

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“Guilt is a worthless energy. If you’ve messed up or failed, grant yourself absolution. Then draw a line in the sand and say, ‘From now on, I’m going to act in a better way. I’m going to act in a more honorable way.’ The important thing is to truncate the emotion of that guilt before it becomes overwhelming. Forgive yourself…” ~Stuart Wilde

The point here is not to give yourself permission to continue some behavior that isn’t serving you, but to move beyond the guilt or judgment you may have about it. Judgment is the glue that keeps undesirable ways of being and behavior in place. What guilt or judgment have you been allowing to sap your vitality and self-worth? Are you willing to practice forgiveness and compassion for yourself? How about starting right now? That would provide some space and energy for new action.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

The Longing of Your Soul

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“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.” ~Abraham Maslow

Are you doing what your soul longs for? If you were to get quiet and still, and then listen, what would your soul tell you it wants right now? What would it tell you it needs right now? Are you willing to do what it asks? If so, what is one step you can take today to make it happen? It doesn’t have to be in one fell swoop. Just get some momentum going!

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Denise Yamada © 5/2011

Paper Tigers

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”  ~Amelia Earhart

What is one thing you’ve been thinking about doing, wanting—even yearning to do—but not acted upon? Start first by declaring it to the world! If you’re really courageous, share it below. If you keep it a secret, how likely is it to happen? Sure, no one would be around to see you fail if you kept it a secret, but it’s also true that no one would be around to support and encourage you.

And I agree with Amelia: Usually the fears are just paper tigers! Need some support dealing with the paper tigers? Drop me a line and we’ll talk.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

Tend to Your Vehicle

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“I beat it or praise it, I feed and clean and nurse it when necessary. I urge it on without consulting it and I hold it back against its will. When my body-horse is well-behaved I generally ignore it. But when it gets unruly—which is all too often—I pull out the whip to beat it back into reasonable submission.”  ~Ken Wilbur

Does this sound familiar? How do you treat your body-vehicle? What would be possible if you treated your body like it was an expensive race horse that was worth millions of dollars…rather than an easily replaced work horse? What is one new thing you could take on today that would nourish, nurture and re-source your magnificent body? Will you do that?

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

Having Fun Einstein Style

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”   ~Albert Einstein

Even someone as “serious” as Einstein had a sense of humor and knew how to have fun—like wearing stripes with plaid! What’s something you could do today just for fun?

Einstein would have been 132 years old this month. I wonder how he would have celebrated? I wonder if he ever combed his hair?!

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the mouths of babes comes wisdom of the ages. From a brilliant 4-year-old: “God is something I can feel, but not see—like the wind.” That brilliant boy was born to this mommy 15 years ago this month.

What nuggets of wisdom have the little ones in your life shared with you?

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

Circle of Compassion

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“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

Sometimes, events outside of us—like the earthquake, tsunami and resulting twin nuclear disasters in Japan—free us from that prison and widen our circle of compassion. How will you show your compassion today?

I wish that I could get on a plane bound for Japan and help friends and distant relatives. But what would I do when I got there? It’s frustrating and heartbreaking. So I will do what I can from here: Make donations to organizations already on the ground there. Pray. And make my little corner of the world a better place; ease a burden, express my love, lend a hand.

I am grateful to be here and that you are a part of my life.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

I am My Cat

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France

Name one characteristic or quality you love most about an animal you love or have loved. Is it being unconditionally loving? Is it being carefree and playful? Is it being curious? Is it….?

Just for fun, adopt that characteristic or quality for today. At the end of the day, what do you notice?

Denise Yamada © 3/2011