Help For A Challenging 2020

Help - For A Challenging 2020 Thus Far

For many people, I know, 2020 is already presenting challenges.

Some friends of mine have shared that they feel fatigued by world events thus far. Things like the interference in Ukraine, the impeachment trial, concerns for the mobs of protesters in Hong Kong, trade tensions with China. 

The escalating tensions with Iran and the Middle East following the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani are not helping matters any.

Perhaps the most critical questions we could ask ourselves would be, "How will I act in response to these events?" and "What values and capacities will I draw upon?" 

Many politicians and others are saying that this is the time to "fight," to stand up for what we believe in by fighting back in a caustic, intolerant, and aggressive manner. 
I feel this is precisely the wrong thing to do. 

As a conscious leader, I suggest rephrasing this anger by being the best human being example you can be. Do your best to be the change you wish to see in the world. 

Some may feel that the peaceful solution is soft and weak, but I believe this is the furthest thing from the truth. 

Mahatma Gandhi said, "Peace is the most powerful weapon of mankind," and he demonstrated this with his life lived. His way of being helped India become an independent nation during the process.
So, perhaps, rather than showing up in fight-mode, we could wisely instead, practice taking deep breaths. Then connect with the enduring wisdom of our heart. Reopen your compassion, which can ignite your connective and creative expressions of your human-ness. 

This practice can calm your nervous system, and then help you more fully grasp the possibilities of what you are inspired to do to be of assistance to our world.

You might find this could be as simple as continuing to live your life as is - being the best human being you can be. Or you may be activated to create processes to help the lives of others.
Meditation is one of the most effective ways of tuning-in to the wisdom of the universe and transmuting the way we see, interpret, and react to the world around us. 

Don't let yourself get caught up in the destructive and adverse elements in the world, which can lead to a downward spiral. Instead, participate as a positive expression, uplifting your heart as you move
in your daily life. As I like to say, "Turn that frown upsidedown." 

Blessings to you and yours in 2020!


A Love Story

Meditation from the Heart - A Love Story 

I was interviewed last March by Amy Pattee-Colvin, Compassion Meditation, and Qigong teacher, author of Cultivating Compassion.
One of the things I appreciate about you is that you are smiling all of the time. I don't smile very much. 

This comment makes me realize that in most candid photos of me, I am smiling. I am a happy person. What is my secret? I believe my consistent meditation practice is a significant factor.
During this interview, Amy asked me how I got into Sum Faht Meditation. It is a bit of a love story. 

The real reason why I found out about this practice called Sum Faht is that I was engaged to be married to this fellow. The relationship was a little bit rocky. I had a sense that my spiritual side was out of balance. I had a girlfriend that went and meditated at some mysterious place in LA. I begged her to tell me who her Teacher was, and I want to go, So I went, paid for some courses, and I brought my fiancé with me as well.

 After meeting the Teacher for the first time, that particular person disliked it because it is all about being honest and looking at yourself truthfully. He quit going. 
I had paid for the courses and, of course, you know me, I am going to get the value out of my money. Especially back then, when there was not that much. I went again and then, and that time the Teacher told me, “Lisa, did you know that all men are not jerks?” I’m thinking, “MMM, What does he mean?” Within 24 hours the lightbulb went off in my head, and I realize, I have to leave this guy I am engaged too because it is such a toxic relationship. It would be better for me to go with the clothes on my back and my self. Just leave everything behind. I mustered my courage and left my home. 
Within 24 hours of leaving, I met the person with whom I am currently happily married.
Interestingly, my girlfriend said she always knew that Henry and I were meant for each other. To illustrate, she pulled out a picture of the two of us sitting together on her couch about a year prior. (I was still with my fiancee, and he was still married.) I did not remember him, nor did he remember me.  

I am laughing because the Teacher knew that we were going to be together spiritually and should be together as a couple way back when we were in the same High School, same town, with parents having mutual friends. We simply had to go on with our lives, waiting for the right timing to meet.

In the next Blog I will talk more about Sum Faht Meditation.

Year of the Earth Pig 2019!

Another chance for a New Year is here! 

Gung Hay Faht Choy!

The Year of the (Yin) Earth Pig begins on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and ends on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  
The Pig is a lucky sign and a symbol of wealth.  Pigs are private individuals but they do love to talk.  People born in the Year of the Pig are friendly folks who enjoy the company of a group of good friends.  They like to learn, are excellent teachers, counselors, and communicators, but also need their own private time or space. Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8.

According to Chinese tradition, the Earth Pig brings a year in which you can find your passions, eat good food, and develop strong friendships. Do try to moderate your temper with humor and go easy on the spending. Set your goals high and make a step by step plan to accomplish them. Perhaps make a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle and environment. This will help you be able to deal with any problem that may arise calmly.

The nature of the Earth Pig is, “River flows over farmland.” This could be a year for floods. When is the last time you checked your emergency routine?

This will be a good year to find balance along your way. Add meditation to balance nervousness, stress or insomnia. Practice your favorite sport or physical activity, but also include time for breaks or leisure. Find joy in living life to the fullest!

This is a good time to re-set your 2019 goals!

Please join me with my group meditation class on Wednesday evenings - 7:30 - 8:00. See Calendar page for the dates.