Monthly Archives: December 2017

Week 14 – MKE

Rise Above It!

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Our assignment for this week was to watch one or more inspirational films from a given list. I had already seen Coco, which wasn’t on the list, and really should have been, so I chose Cool Runnings. My son and his friend had watched this movie several times, and I wanted to understand why it was a favorite of theirs.

The story centers around three Jamaican runners vying for the Olympics, and don’t make it in, due to the mistake of one of the runners. The lead character is determined to get into the Olympics, as his father was a sprinter before him. He comes up with the idea to form a bobsled team when he hears that a friend of his father’s, an Olympic bobsledder believed that sprinters would make the best bobsledders. He seeks out this man, and asks him to coach his team.

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Watch these guys move!

The Four Point Formula

Definite Major Purpose:  The DMP in this case was the young man wanting to be in the Olympics, no matter what. He was going to do it via bobsledding, even though he knew nothing about it, and lived on a tropical island!

Plan of Action:  How did they achieve their goal? Training however they could, on the dusty roads of Jamaica, using the 5 Ps – Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. Raising money, they got to the Olympics. They acquired a training sled, trained in the cold winter of Canada, did it “their way”, and crossed the finish line!

Master Mind Alliances:  They master minded with the coach, their own team members, and the coach’s friends in Canada who helped them along the way.

Positive Mental Attitude:  Several moments stood out to me in this regard.

  • The rich kid (Junior) encourages Yule Brenner to follow his dreams after he is ridiculed by another team member.
  • In one scene, Yule is telling Junior to toughen up by using the “man in the mirror”, and this affirmation:  “Take a deep look inside. What do you see? Pride, power, a bad ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody. What do you see?” He makes him say it over and over again, and Junior gains strength from it.
  • The coach tells them at one point “If you are not enough with winning the gold, you won’t be enough not winning it. Be who you are. Be enough now.”
  • They call themselves “Cool Runnings” which means “Peace be the Journey”.
  • The team succeeded only when they realized that they had to be their true, authentic selves as Jamaicans.
  • Even though they crashed terribly, and were injured, the team was determined, and  walked across the finish line. Though they didn’t win, they finished.

My takeaway:  It’s not about winning, it’s about being authentic, being enough, being your best and truest self, following your dream and putting everything into it, regardless of the outcome, and holding on with firm determination!

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Tamales!

A sweet moment in my week. I spent over 5 hours making different kinds of tamales from scratch for the holiday dinner with the help of my gorgeous and awesome son! I always feel the presence of my mama, my abuelita and my indigenous ancestors in the process of making the sauce, the masa, the filling; and steaming the tamales. The best part is the dark, rich flavor of the sauce and the sweet taste of corn in your mouth.

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What did I accomplish off my DMP? I held my goals in my mind. I had two great master minding sessions with my colleagues, and came away with some sweet gems – do my best for me, scale down my goals so that I am able to realistically accomplish them, be grateful for the things I do, and find a photographer to do a “glam shoot” (thanks Bobbi!).

I have been enjoying writing and using the flash cards, bathing in a sea of gratitude and positivity this week, and looking for the Harmony in everything!

Bright Beginnings, and a Very Happy New Year to All!

“Rise Above It!”

 

 

Week 13 – MKE

I Persist Until I Succeed!

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What a statement! I have been reading this 3 times a day for almost one month now, and can feel it vibrating in my heart chakra. I persist until I succeed! For me, it is about self-confidence, mastering my emotions, serving and giving to others, breaking through the barriers of my mind, and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. I persist until I succeed!

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This weeks webinar on the MKE was pow-er-ful! We are moving from several weeks of developing our inner selves with some of the most profound, external exercises, to executing the practices in our practical world of business. I especially enjoyed the NARC process of “Gestalting” emotions, and using the Law of Dual Thought:  “We can attach any feeling to a thought we want” in order to trick your mind into doing things that you don’t want to do, such as calling contacts for business. Yes, I am that person. I will do everything throughout the day to feed my endorphins and keep my brain in that happy space. Calling people and saying, “Oh, I am so and so, the great singer, and you need me for your next occasion!” is painful and humiliating for me. So, Mark has just given us a beautiful tool called NARC – Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning, a “Gestalt therapy” hack, if you will.  Exaggerate and amplify your negative feelings, dramatize them by throwing away your written life dreams before making your calls. Then, make your calls, and reward yourself with a positive image, or a tangible talisman from the past with feeling. Hmm… This lovely photo of my abuelita and I when I was 4 years old is just the right thing!

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My abuelita came from Mexico every year to take care of us. She woke me up early to make tamales with her, forced me (with love) to learn to speak Spanish, and carried me into a wild world of fantasy. Once, my abuelita lit a candle and led me into the closet, where she had brought a special box. Sitting in the glow of the candle, she opened it up and said, “We came from gypsies, and these are the trinkets and scarves that were stolen from the rich!” In the candlelight, I could see the shiny objects and silky scarves. I looked into her fiery brown eyes, and asked, “Really Abuelita?!” “Yes!” she said emphatically, “We lived in a caravan with wagons and horses, stopping on the roadside to make our camp.” The stories would go on and on, and I in my naiveté, would believe every single word!

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I adored my abuelita – she could do not wrong. I recently purchased the most wonderful wild rose butter from the Native American longhouse near my home. The sweet scent of roses reminds me of my abuelita’s smell, and that it came from the Native American center is another reminder. Abuelita’s photo and the rose butter are the perfect combinations for my most pleasurable experience!

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I had a setback this week, where I could not rein in my emotions during a very strong reaction to someone’s words and a negative image that enveloped my mind. I really beat myself up for that, as I thought I had gone beyond that. But the jewel that came out of it was that I was able to pull myself back in after several minutes, and working hard to pulling all of the tricks out of my hat. I apologized, and asked for forgiveness. It scared me to see my mind and body take over. But, what a win that I was able to take back control after such a short time. Yes. That was a win for me, not to hold the negativity and allow it to color my mind for more than a few minutes. I persist, and I succeed!

Song Mantra of the Week:

 

 

Week 12 – MKE

Mind Power

This has been a magical MKE week for me! Let’s start with the movie “Coco”. I am Mexican-American, and a musician, so this movie spoke to my soul. I had heard several of my friends say that it was authentic and true to our culture, and I also found it to be so. What spoke to me about the movie was the firm determination of Miguel to become a musician, against all odds. His family was against music, yet he created a space where he could practice and study in secret. His passion and “I will persist until I succeed”  attitude helped him achieve his goal against all obstacles. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. The music, colors and flavors of Mexico were almost tangible.

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“You must first have the
Knowledge of your power
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The courage to dare
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The faith to do”.

Have the knowledge of your power – know the ledge of your power.
“I am powerful!”

The courage to dare – “coragem” in Portuguese. The image of the courageous lion.
Where in your body does courage rise from? Your heart? How do you develop courage?

Faith:  complete trust or confidence in something or someone; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
I have the faith to “do”.

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While at the gym one day, I was listening to the recordings of my Definite Major Purpose, Plan of Action, and Laws of the Mind. While listening, I noted the shapes in the room as they correlated to my DMP. As I listened to the Laws of the Mind, I began to realize a few things a little deeper…

Law of Substitution – “We cannot think of two things at one time. If a negative thought enters your mind, think about God instead…” So, what do I think of instead? I have the perfect image of my spiritual master in my crown chakra, moon face, bald head, thick black glasses, pursed smile, infinite and all knowing tender gaze… this is the sweetest image to replace any negative thought!

Law of Relaxation – “Mental effort defeats itself.” The light finally came on for me around this. If you are thinking of something negative; if you are angry or irritated, you cannot relax your mind. If you are non-forgiving, you cannot relax your mind. “Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence”. Do you want to access it? Try a little exercise. When someone is talking to you, and you want to react; to speak, to give an opinion, try relaxing your mind instead. I imagine my brain as an oval sphere inside of my head, and it is sinking in, relaxing. I can repeat to myself, “Relax, relax, relax my mind”. Thus, you are doing several things:  using the Law of Substitution by replacing a thought; using the Law of Dual Thought by attaching a new feeling; using the Law of Growth by growing your garden of relaxation in your beautiful brain; and using the Mental Diet  by substituting positive thoughts for negative ones.

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I was able to use the power of my mind to not react to negativity this week, while having a conversation with someone who has a habit of projecting negativity onto me – images and words that do not serve me. The old me would have internalized those words, and painted my mind with the negative colors – holding them for hours, if not days. My mother was a psychotherapist, and gave me many tools to carry with me throughout life. One of them was to use a mental shield when others are trying to harm you with words. She called it the “Teflon Shield” (I still laugh at this!)

While living in the mountains of North Carolina, a pre-teen girl, Amora came to my yoga camp one summer. On a walk by the river, she shared with me that her father belittled her often. In that moment, I remembered Mama’s Teflon Shield, and encouraged her to create a mental shield around her when her papa began to criticize her. I took a moment to help her visualize it, “What color is it? What does it look like?” “It’s a wall of flowers!” She said. “Good! Every time your papa starts to say something negative to you, you put up that shield of flowers, and repeat the mantra  ‘**Baba Nam Kevalam’, and feel the love surround you.” The next day, Amora came to me, very excited and told me that she had used the shield when her papa was shouting at her, and that it worked!

In the same moment that this person was trying to project his negative blueprint onto me, I created a beautiful, translucent shield of flowers as a barrier between myself, and his words. I saw the most beautiful colors, and was fascinated by the bubble. How funny now, looking back at this. The poor guy didn’t stand a chance with me in my flower la la land!

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Hanukkah is upon us this week, a time to reflect on miracles, on God’s love and omniscience, a time to kindle our inner light. I am happy for, nay I live for these rituals, these connections to others, these prayers and reverent moments in time. I leave you with one of my favorite Hanukkah prayers:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Shalom!

**Baba Nam Kevalam:  a universal mantra that transforms energy from negative to positive; love is all there is.

Week 11 – MKE

Baby Steps

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I am sick today as I write this, and have had to modify my week. After slacking off last week, I was determined to start anew, and have been doing much better. One day at a time.

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My mama’s birthday was on the 4th, and it colored the events of the week. On Saturday, I attended a marvelous event at the Evergreen College, about 5 minutes from my house. It was the much awaited documentary on the life of Dolores Huerta. She would make a great MM leader, I thought, as I watched her firm determination, focus and will. She had 11 children, and no husband; and spent her life fighting for farm workers’ rights in unconventional ways. One of my favorite moments from the movie was when she spoke of sending a group of grandmothers to a political leader’s office with their knitting. “You are going to sit there knitting until you get an answer from this leader”. The idea was that they were not going to move until their need was met.

Dolores was the one who coined the phrase, “Si se puede” or “Yes, we can!” She was the other wing of the movement – the woman who “got things done”, the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, and the only woman on the board! It took me watching this film to even understand the depth of the work, intelligence, and drive Dolores Huerta has. She is still helping young women nationwide today.

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I also saw an amazing female artist in concert this week – award winning clarinetist, Anat Cohen. With a stellar tentet of New York’s finest musicians, her music was one long stream of fascinating experiences in Klesmer, rock, jazz, Brazilian and more. As I watched her, I reflected on the 7 Laws of the Mind, particularly The Law of Practice. How many hours of practice had she put in to get to where she is today? And The Law of Dual Thought  and Subconscious – she sees something she wants to manifest, and keeps it in her mind until her subconscious makes it so. This is how she achieved greatness. It doesn’t hurt that she’s adorable and charming – the Mental Diet perhaps?

These experiences tied in neatly with the advent of my mother’s birthday. My (Chicana) mama was a labor union leader and civil rights activist in the 60s and 70s. She and my grandmother were involved with the United Farm Workers Movement at the time, and  helped with integration in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was also a classical pianist, and as a Jewish woman, would have felt connected to Anat, her music and impish spirit! No coincidences in life, only incidences..

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I would really love to go to the MK Retreat in Kauai this June. I know it will help me advance in my goal to build self-confidence and eliminate fear in my life. I am manifesting confidence that I can do this, and still have enough income to sustain myself, and take another important trip in December.

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The new reading is just what I needed this week. I have needed to feel motivated about moving forward. I am writing my OATS down (thanks Dan), and chipping away at my list. I like the image of taking small bites at a time, rather than getting overwhelmed with the big picture – tapas!

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I am about to take a big leap into a new paradigm, and need all the strength I can muster to do so. This week’s read comes at the right time, and is in alignment with my universe. Watching the webinar helped me get inspired again to “do my best” and not beat myself up for moving forward and backwards. It takes a lot of work to create new mental tapes – like gestating a baby. Be kind to yourselves folks, and remember how to walk like a baby again!

Be sure to click on the inspirational music link below!

Song of the week:  I Am Singing