Friday, July 13, 2012

FunZen Girls Jump Back In!

Grace and I at Pic at Nick!
Jill Matthews and her daughter Ellie and son Liam
Bringing our A Game of Appreciation, Authenticity, & Army of Angels Support 

Jill, Missy (little sister) and Stevie Wonder
Finally it's here, 1 year later a new blog (scroll below) by Grace in her voice of a mindful teen, born to lead from her heart with art in smart... I took a year long spiritual sabbatical to write a couple of books with my daughter, Grace, about teaching kids of all ages FunZen and parents to be Mindful. The real magic was reconnecting with my birthday girl  7/13 Jill Matthews who is also my awesome student, friend and my first Dreams of a Child Jewelry customer when she was a child star in the industry 25 years ago. Her mother Karen is an earth angel who has kept all of us in touch. I actually met Jill and Missy when Jill was about 7 years old, she had just done a Japanese commercial with Stevie Wonder promoting his song; "I just called to say I love you." Jill has helped me to re-ignite my true purpose and passion to share the practical magic of mindfulness with ARTitude. Consider the word Art implies discipline (practice) and Science indicates the study of something.

Without further ado Grace is going to kick off her first entry with her short, sweet and savory words about how FunZen has helped her shift from a worrier to a warrior to handle being in the industry, get through 8 years of homeschooling. Now, Grace goes to CHAMPS Highschool of Performing & Media Arts. 

This is only the beginning of sharing what works for us and hopefully will inspire more of you to join us and jump in to the spirited perspective of my latest quotelicious sweet tweet❥
"The world is mud-licious and puddle-wonderful." e.e.cummings 

May these whimsical yet wise words zencourage you to empower and help yourself through the good, bad, beautiful, and ugly moments that threaten to ruin our days. However, in the words of angel warrior, best-selling author, Sue Patton Thoele of "The Mindful Woman", " A few mindful moments can make a world of difference." 

Here's a ShoutOUT to some of the awesome people that have helped or inspired us to stay on pointe. Remember Ohana means family in Hawaiian, where no one is forgotten or left behind, in pure love we are One human family. I've also included some valuable resources (websites) to share a few of the illuminating people that have helped shape our lives. 

ShoutOUTS to our Army of Angels:

We are honored to know the Beautiful, Brilliant and Blessed Family Lyric, Zephyr, Robby and Karla DeVito Benson ;

Angel of Wisdom Warriors:

LeeAnne Taylor My angelic spiritual mentor; 
Destiny Diva, Michelle Casto 
Celebrity Trainer & BFF's Dion & Melinda Jackson  
Nature's Angel Mariel Hemingway
Jenuine Ward

Enlightened Leaders straight from the heart: 

Wendy Winks (our rock star angel)
Valencia Ray M.D.  
Mallika Chopra
Julie Shanti 
Anne Merrem BFF brilliant lifelong friend ;)

Be on your A Game with the Best of the Best:
Julie Stevens, Grace's fave studio teacher, Vocal and Acting coaching:  
Lynnanne Zager awesome VoiceOver Coaching
Miss Linda DeFilipo, Grace's amazing manager,

Grace discovered Andy Puddicombe, our favorite meditation guru who makes becoming mindful and getting some Headspace a curiously delightful experience;

Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer) Thanks for asking me in person what I teach? and I said FunZen, that was a game changer moment that has stayed with me.
Click Here to order my Clear Your Mind Manual "Mental Fitness" Foreword by Leonard Cohen, endorsed by Louise Hay, Dan Millman, Iyanla Vanzant, Penny Peirce, Michael Beckwith, O.C. Smith, Richard Carlson and many more...

In Gratitude w/Love and Hugs ❤
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Michiko (lil mama) and Grace
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How FunZen Helps Me Everyday

Me with my Young Artist Award for Best Actress In  a Voice Over Role for my portrayal of Lucy in Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Hi Guys, it's me Grace. I thought I'd take a shot at writing my own entry on how my mom and I use FunZen and here it is. 

FunZen. Simply put, making zen fun. It helps me everyday as a mindful teen: At school, on stage, and in the voice over booth. It makes my life easier in so many ways. Whenever I'm stressed I have a magic mood tool to help me out and keep my cool by shifting from a worrier to a warrior.

Everyday, we all face challenges that can threaten to send us off spiraling into a black hole of anger and frustration. However, with cool tools you can find a way out of that said black hole. At school, sometimes the pressure can get a bit intense. That with taking honors classes and test taking, it's easy to let the pressure swallow you up. However, when you have zen breathing and centering techniques by your side, it's easy to keep on keeping on. Being on my A game starts with my approach... I actually met Dr John Demartini from the movie The Secret. He taught me to say I'm a genius and I apply my wisdom. My mom has the secrets to unleash our hidden  potential. At school, I have to walk up a ton of stairs too! That's where the core-strengthening miracle diamond and my posture come in. I have to stay upright or the weight of my backpack could hurt my back. 

It also helps me when I'm on stage! When I'm performing in front of crowds of people, it's a little nerve wracking. They say that fear of public speaking is more prominent than fear of death, well with FunZen that fear dissipates substantially. I can get up on stage, do my thing, sing my heart out and play my guitar like nobody's business. All I have to do is take some deep slow breaths before I go on. No shallow ones, deep ones straight from my core and then I'm ready to go. When you press your zen button of effortless effort with a long breath out, whoooosh, your nerves ease away.

Then there's my voice over acting behind a microphone stand in a sound proof booth. When you're reading a script, they want variation and lots of it. It can be overwhelming and sometimes it threatens to put you into a panic. To shift from panic to poise, I remember to press my zen button to mentally start over, whooosh stopping in the name of love, Breathe deeply to relax  into the present moment and focus on my lines with 'I got this' confidence. No matter how many lines, how many different takes, no matter how long it takes I've got a happy calm, cool, collected state of mind thanks to my cool mood tools.

Now, I'm not keeping all of these tools to myself. Everyone needs tools for those moments where some breathing tips and tricks would be extremely helpful. Like when someone gets on your bad side or just anytime things don't go your way.The FunZen tools I use will help you with ease any time you're feeling less than your best.

M&M - Mindful Moments

My Aha-Candy Secret Inspirational Recipe. (Mm, M&Ms)

Relax and Soften into the present moment, Tune in to your breathing naturally...Breathe in I am Being 

Long Breath Out my best and letting go and letting God (Divinity) handle or do the rest...

All it takes is a mini zen breath tune-up and a sprinkle of empowering heart thoughts and you're ready to handle and overcome anything thrown at you by life. Lemons and all.

Ti Amo!

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