Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to Activate Your Lucky Charm!

The Sweet Science and Art of Luck

In my last blog, I introduced The Triple L's, Love, Luck and Laughter. I focused on the element of Love. Today, I want to discuss Luck and look at how each and every one of us can become an awareness architect of constructive change and create a charmed life.

The study of something that interests us, like physics ("everything is connected") is called a Science. The practice or application of that interest is known as the Art. Scientific documentation from Dr. Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor reveals that "Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives. He adds, "...being in the right place at the right time is actually all about being in the right state of mind." (in picture Anne Merrem us & Robbie @BeautyofWisdom)

By placing your attention on gratitude, what you are grateful for, the positivity will naturally outweigh any negativity, no matter what the day dishes out. This is because the right state of mind is naturally geared toward being positive or happy-calm. The first step in activating your lucky charm is believing in a favorable outcome. As you will see with my daughter Grace, by being prepared she ignited a brilliant performance.

I am delighted to briefly share a living example of this very idea and how it worked with Grace. In this short video clip from a luncheon we spoke at on April 28, 2011, Grace talks about getting into her FunZen zone and the Luck Factor. (in picture, us, awesome Wendy Winks) She shares her successful steps of how preparation met opportunity while preparing for a recent voice-over job; the iconic role of Lucy in the brand new Peanuts movie, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

It's one thing to talk about activating your personal lucky charm. It's another thing to offer you the know-how and life skills to empower you to become lucky and reach for inter-active mastery.

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." Zen saying

When I wrote Mental Fitness in the mid-nineties, my intent was to cultivate the innovative idea of turning our knowledge into action. Turning what we know into what we actually do is the activation of our will; the power of personal choice.

American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodrun, in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, eloquently reminds us that "This Moment is the Perfect Teacher." With Mental Fitness, we prepare ourselves to access our spiritual zone where every moment offers an opportunity for us to make, or as we like to say at The FunZen Bakery, bake our own luck. Afterall, using our head and following our hearts compass to live a charmed life successfully is, at it's root, a spiritual matter. We're here to encourage and inspire you with insights to wear your invisible toolbelt from your tool box. You make your own choices.

Living in the 21st Century, the intention of being mindful in this moment is more relevant than ever. We cultivate the miracle of mindfulness by paying attention, non judgmentally, to the present moment instead of obsessing over the past or worrying about the future. Studies show that luckiness is the result of being positively present and expecting a miracle. The living art of devotion is affirmed when we remember that a miracle is a mental shift from fear to love (pure positive energy). Fear deactivates your luck and pushes away what you want. Love attracts and draws in what you want, making you a miracle magnet.

"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."
Oprah Winfrey

The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leafed clover. It is said that such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaf represents something different. The first is for faith. The second is for hope. The third is for love. And, the fourth is for luck.

Our power to attract and boost good fortune is more about choice than chance. Let's glance at the four-leaf clover and look at one leaf at a time. I've infused each leaf with an inspirational quote to inspire and prepare you to activate Living Under Correct Knowledge. I encourage you to find your own inspiring quotes and sayings and use this centering tool for immediate activation to live, love and evolve.

Keep in mind that marrying your intent and any inspiring thought, focused with mindful breathing will instantly activate your lucky charm and center you on pointe with purpose.

Faith: "Faith is the courage to live as if everything that happens, and every choice we make, is for our highest good and learning. Faith is also nourished by the higher understanding that every decision eventually leads to wisdom."
~ Brilliant author, Dan Millman "The Four Purposes Of Life"

"Hope is an emotion which brings richness to our everyday lives. It is defined as 'the feeling that … events will turn out for the best.' When we exercise hope, we 'look forward … with desire and reasonable confidence'. As such, hope brings a certain calming influence to our lives as we confidently look forward to future events."
~Steven E. Snow

"Love is the answer to my every need. The problems in my life are simply opportunities to give forth more love. As I pour love on each situation, the problems all become answers. "
~Inspired author, Jack Addington "
The Perfect Power Within"

Luck: "
Everything in life is luck."
~ Donald Trump

"Live by law, and you are lucky. People will start to say about you, 'Everything just seems to come her way.' Or, 'He is always so lucky."
~Leslie Householder

Inspiration Recipe Quote

“It is your job to ask, to believe you are receiving, and feel happy now. Leave the details to the Universe on how it will bring it about.”
~Rhonda Byrne

Lucky Charm App (Activation): Eleven Heavenly Seconds, Breath Meditation
(On the Spot, Centering Tool whether you're standing, walking, waiting, living, learning, laughing...)

Joyful Heart Steps

Stop: Whooosh, Exhale (pressing your zen button) Relax to refocus into the present moment.

(One Mindful Breath Circle) Inhaling mantra sound "Sa" (direct air to your core)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

1/2 note, space

Exhaling mantra sound "Ha" (firming-up core)
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,

1/2 note, space
(11 heavenly seconds) ♬.

Feel: Clear Mind, Peaceful Heart (centered) Activate our worrier to warrior (warrioress) spirit...

Gentle Reminder: It doesn't take more time to get centered, thinking on our feet. It takes intent. It's always an empowering choice we can make to live in what Author, Eckhart Tolle, calls "The Power of Now." Right now, is where choosing to activate our lucky charm of mindful breathing unlocks our ability to live a Charmed Life.
One breath, One moment, One step at a time.

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Foreword by Leonard Cohen, endorsed by Louise Hay, Dan Millman,
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In Gratitude w/Love

FunZen Girls OX
Michiko (lil mama) and Grace:

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Girls Just Wanna Focus, Flow, and Have Fun!

Love is the Answer

Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Very recently (one week ago to be exact), my daughter Grace and I launched a new discussion series that we hope to continue on a regular basis. We examined the timeless wisdom found within our initial topic, "What's Love, Luck and Laughter got to do with living your best life?" Thanks to my awesome student, loyal friend, Anne Merrem (Lil mama, Anne my Berlin girl and Grace in picture) who put the "lunch bunch" together, we were able to share our exciting tips, tools, and know how, with about 22 amazing individuals. The ladies got to taste the magic of mindfulness (non judgmental observation) and an instant confidence boost with the empowerment of posture awareness.

Whether we meet and greet you in person or you're reading this blog, our pure intent is to ignite the brilliant performer within you. The method begins within by re-seeding your attitudes with new creative ideas. Then, releasing old ones, to inspire you to soar and explore, seeing your world in a whole new diamond light.

What's love got to do with it? Put simply, Love is what inspires us to exercise our courage to face and erase our fears and confidently follow our hearts compass to live our dreams.

Here's a pivotal soul story from my personal journey. I share my soul in process to illustrate learning to love me, which zen refers to as complete self acceptance. By taking a few baby steps at a time, this issue to insight is how I learned to be comfortable in my own skin. Taking action steps to love, respect and appreciate myself, has lead me to stand tall, light and firm and share these blessons with you.

I share with you, "Ti Amo."

Getting right to the point, back in the eighties, I met German born, beautiful actress, Natassja Kinski at Capezio's Footwear in Hollywood. During this time, I was dancing on pointe daily and was set to become a professional dancer. We talked about local dance classes and she asked me where I was studying ballet. To my surprise, she showed up at the dance studio bright and early the very next day. After class, she asked me if I could help her learn ballet.

Looking back at this time in my life, I certainly didn't feel good enough to teach or even befriend Natassja (in picture from, Stay As You Are her movie). I totally lacked self acceptance of my body. I was convinced that my butt was too big, making me often feel like a moving violation in ballet class. I constantly heard my ballet teachers say "drop your hips". My lack of perspective made me buy into the limiting beliefs of the If, Then, Plan.

If, I worked harder to have the ballerina body (that my teachers told me I didn't have), Then, I would truly be empowered to celebrate life, make new friends and enjoy myself more.

The whole situation was deflected by telling Natassja I was too busy to help her. There was an inner knowing that I missed the opportunity to work with her due to not being emotionally ready to jump in with both feet. The last time I saw her, I followed my heart and asked how to say I love you in Italian. She said "Ti amo." Those two small words with a very big meaning, "Ti Amo" became my password, tatooed in my heart to say to myself everyday.

Go Within or Go Without: We can learn our enlightened living lessons so we are not the ones holding ourselves back. From this experience I gleaned; "My body was a prison of self hatred, until self love set me free..." By keeping our hearts open to unconditional love, starting with ourselves,we can create space to both be heard and heal instantly. (click here for more self-healing love from my brilliant tweetheart friend @ValenciaRay M.D.)

"The basis of fear is not trusting yourself, not loving yourself. In a nutshell, you feel bad about who you are." Pema Chodrun :) The Smile @ Fear Teachings, my personal favorite ♡

Inspirational Recipe: Pie in the Sky
1-2-3 Easy As Pie (German Chocoate)

Step 1. Whooshhh. Smile, Relax & Re-focus, Catching a Gratitude Breath Wave… Slowly exhaling... to reach inner stillness and brighten your inner light.

Step 2. Look inward. Visualize your mind calm like water… Then, deeply~ Inhale~ Pure Love which waters your roots of learning to trust and love yourself.

Step 3. Long Breath Out…Ahhhh. Tighten-up the core to Lighten-up. Spread your heart wings to remain Upright instead of uptight, wearing your miracle diamond of mindfulness.

Now take this dancer's secret posture tool with you one mindful breath at a time to Focus, Flow and have Fun.

In the words of Grace Rolek, "Fear out, Fun in, with FunZen."

In upcoming blogs, I will discuss Part 2 Luck and Part 3 Laughter.

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In Gratitude w/Love ❤

FunZen Girls OX
Michiko (lil mama) and Grace

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