Posts Tagged ‘awakening’

Yin and Yang . . . and a Life-Altering Vision

December 15, 2013

Yin (noun): In Chinese philosophy, the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold.

Yang (noun): Lori Anne, author of this post.


Lori Anne Yang

Lori Anne Yang


Literally overnight, my friend, Lori Anne Yang, experienced a profound awakening that delivered her from the darkness of depression into the light of joyous gratitude and limitless love. It’s a wonderful reminder that changing your perspective can instantaneously change everything for the better. Thank you, Lori, for sharing your beautiful story.



LORI ANNE YANG’S LIFE-ALTERING VISION

woman-bridge-moon-depressed-paintingAround the time I was 35 years old, after a devastating period in my life of prolonged sorrow, I had a profound experience of rebirth. I know it is cliché to say it is always darkest before the dawn, but for me it truly was.

It was a very black night, in the midst of a painful divorce and a life in complete upheaval and pain. I believed all choices in front of me led to even more pain for myself and everyone around me. I was at a point where choosing not to live felt like a very real solution to my problems. The thought of having no future became more comforting to me than any future I could foresee. I cried myself to sleep next to all the untouched pharmaceutical bottles I had gathered on the nightstand next to me.

I will never know if I would have gone through with ending my life that night, or if it was just a step I was taking in testing this option . . . moving closer to it to see if it still felt like the answer. I will never know because I (more…)

Your Soul Is a Violin

March 1, 2012

old-man-with-beard-playing-violinThis uplifting poem eloquently conveys the beauty and perfection of each individual soul—as long as you think of your soul as the violin and a God-realized Guru as the Master. True, the casual reader might not recognize the lyric’s spiritual theme, but author Myra Brooks Welch was a deeply spiritual woman, as you can see by her biography below.



THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND

‘Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people,” he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three . . .”

But, no,
From the room far back a gray-bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What now am (more…)

You Are Your Road

July 14, 2010


Going within and confronting your fears is difficult, demanding work. Take heart: every barrier you break through means there is that much less blocking you from all you are capable of becoming.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

Inevitably, you will discover that not only are you more than you imagined, you are more than you ever could have imagined.

I can’t give you any advice but this: to (more…)

Barbara Winter’s Epiphany On a Bicycle Path

October 15, 2009
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Barbara Winter

I love the story that Barbara Winter told me for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Enlightenment used to be the province of monasteries; nowadays, you may experience a mystical awakening during a stroll with your daughter! Here is Barbara’s very cool story, beginning with her bio.

Winter, the author of Making A Living Without A Job, is a self-employment advocate who travels the world encouraging and inspiring people through her writing and seminars to choose their right livelihood. Her newsletter, Winning Ways, which helps readers “turn passions into profits,” has been inspiring readers for more than twenty years. Click here to visit Barbara’s website.

One sunny afternoon twenty years ago, when my daughter Jennie was ten, we set out to visit my parents’ house in Santa Barbara, California, for an informal family gathering. Jennie was riding her bike and I was walking along behind her on a little bicycle path. Two blocks into our mile-and-a-half walk, completely out of nowhere, an absolutely wonderful (more…)

Relish Today, Be Excited for Tomorrow!

January 2, 2009

starsThe quest for enlightenment is a wonderfully exciting journey. The more consciously you live, the sweeter life becomes.

Ironically, as you expand the scope of your awareness, the scope of your non-awareness expands as well. You glimpse the vastness of how much there is to know and humbly realize how little of it you comprehend.

If answers to crucial questions continue to elude you, do not despair. Rather, be excited that there is so much yet to learn!

I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try and love the questions themselves as if (more…)

Tom Terrific

December 2, 2008
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Tom Gegax

When Tom Gegax asked me to help him write a comprehensive guide for small business owners, I jumped at the chance. Tom had founded Tires Plus, a regional chain of upscale tire stores that he built from scratch into a $200 million industry leader by the time he sold it in 2000. I had previously interviewed Tom for two magazine articles and a video and knew that we would work well together.

Tom was the all-too-rare CEO who “gets it.” Thirteen years earlier, in a six-month span, life had dealt him not one, not two, but three knockout blows. The one-two punch of divorce and cancer sent him reeling against the ropes, and a cash-crisis uppercut left him sprawled on the canvas. This triple trauma was a spiritual wake-up call that led him to reinvent both himself and his business. (more…)

Mike Veeck’s Powerful Story of Courage and Hope

October 16, 2008

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Mike Veeck speaks at the October 1 Continuum Center event


Baseball executive Mike Veeck was kind enough to join us at the Continuum Center on October 1 for an evening with six storytellers from my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything.

When I read the story of Mike and his daughter in Sports Illustrated a few years back (click here to read The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), it brought me to tears. I knew I had to include his story in my book. When I contacted Mike, he was gracious enough to tell me the story from scratch so I could write it from a fresh new angle. Here is the start of his story in my (more…)