Posts Tagged ‘life’

Power of Prayer

March 26, 2017

Back in 2015, Shasta Lake was nearly empty. Dr. Tae Yun Kim is so in touch with nature that she always expressed her sadness when she saw it. She said that her heart was hurting because the land was suffering.

shasta lake

Dr. Kim prayed for the rain to stop the drought, put snow on the mountains and refill the lakes.

Since then, it has rained so much!

There are so many benefits from the rain…

And now, look at Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta!

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This shows the power of prayer.

When I was growing up, even though I grew up Catholic, I didn’t really understand praying. I usually prayed to God and asked Him why my life was the way it was, why I didn’t feel loved, why I was miserable.

Through Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings, I have learned about praying and talking to God, not complaining or whining, but to give thanks and to ask for God’s help.

Now we are all praying for Sunshine!! We love the rain and all the blessings it brings…and now we are ready for the blessings of the Sun!

Imagine the power of prayer if we all pray for good things to happen in our lives and with the people around us.

Check it out… say a prayer and see what happens!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

You Are Creative Energy! 

March 17, 2017

My spiritual teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches that we all have creative energy within us.

Also, she has been emphasizing about how God gave us food as a blessing. (Reference Genesis 1:12-13)

So it is important to not waste food. (Remember the stories of starving children in Africa?)

Anyway, I had the opportunity to make lunch for a work crew of 3 people.

I wasn’t sure what to make…

My friend mentioned how easy a casserole is to make but I’m a kitchen newbie! Casserole sounded way complicated….

But running out of time, I did a quick search on Google for easy casserole recipes using macaroni elbows (found in the pantry!)

I didn’t find one that I really liked. So instead, I just winged it.

I had some leftover spicy galbi hot dogs… Some roasted goguma (고구마) potatoes, some leftover cut up vegetables that weren’t used last night… The macaroni elbows and a jar of organic marinara sauce. Oh, and a nearly empty bag of mixed cheddar cheese.


As I boiled the macaroni with garlic & salt, I mixed up everything else… And came up with this:

After the macaroni boiled… just slightly al dente, I started to put the casserole together.

In the pans, I did a layer of macaroni, a layer of the chunky vegetable sauce and a layer of cheese….

Here it is in the oven:
I was unsure if the veggies would cook… Or if I would burn the cheese….or,… So I just watched it.

Though most of the recipes said 30 min, I kept checking because I didn’t want the cheese to burn. Usually, when I start something boiling or put something in the oven, I walk away to do something else…but become engrossed in what I’m doing and lose track of time… and then bingo…over boiling pot or burnt food in the oven. So these days, I just watch the food as it cooks 🙂  …I took the casseroles out at 20 min….


I put the lunches together then thought, maybe I should taste it first?

So I did….

And guess what? It actually tasted good!

And it took me less than 40 min to put it together and cook it!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is totally right! The creative energy is there. We just need to tap into it.

If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!!

Have a GREAT DAY!

The Beauty of Morning Fog

March 14, 2017

Just wanted to share some photos I took this morning…


When I saw this view, it looked like a painting to me… The “steeple” and the willowy trees against the fog with the mountains in the distance…


This scene seemed mysterious to me… An old barn in a pasture… The fog differentiating the different distances of the trees….


I love low flying clouds against a mountain…. Makes me feel like I’m in ancient Korea….(of course not with all the power lines 😎)


This one reminds me of a lesson that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches… That no matter how cloudy or foggy it may be, the sun is there, shining brightly, waiting for the right moment to break through the clouds.

In our lives, sometimes our situations may seem dark and cloudy… But Dr. Tae Yun Kim explains that we all have the power within us. It’s our choice what we do in our lives. If things don’t seem to be going right, maintain a positive attitude and you will see how you can be in control of your life. Don’t let your environment dominate you.

Have a wonderful day!

The Groundhog was Right!! 

March 5, 2017

Ok, so I never really paid much attention to Mr. Groundhog on Groundhogs Day….. But this year he was right!

It’s March 5th and it’s SNOWING!!!

Ok, call me a kid….But having lived in California for 24+ years, I didn’t see any snow whenever I looked out the window or walked outside.

Look what greeted me this morning! 

Wow!

Some people think snow is a nuisance…and wish for sunshine.

But if you never see snow, this is Heaven!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim tells a story about a beach where a man is playing a flute in the evening hours. The sounds of the flute filled the air.

In a nearby villa, a woman who was feeling very lonely, sitting near her window, hears the flute and feels a warm sense of peace as the melody wafts through the air.

Next to the villa, is another house where a man has had a long, hard day and was trying to sleep. The sounds of the flute were like fingernails on a chalkboard and he yelled out the window to stop making all that noise!

Did the flute music change?

It was the attitude that was different. No matter what is going on around us, or what we are doing, it is our Attitude that makes all the difference in the world.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches about attitude because it is one of the most important things we can have. One of the 6 principles of mental conduct that Great Grandmaster Kim teaches at her martial art school, Jung SuWon, is to have a positive mental attitude.

Having a positive mental attitude gives you a positive perspective on life so give it a shot!

And have a great day! 🙂

Health & Healing

February 27, 2017

Did you hear that the groundhog saw his shadow so we are going to have 6 more weeks of winter?

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That means more chances to catch a cold or the flu…or worse!

I read this amazing passage in a book, The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy by Dr. Tae Yun Kim.

Healing Involves All Your Bodies

So far, I’ve been trying to make it clear that all your bodies are impacted by what goes on in each one of them.  We’ve discussed in previous chapters how your physical body displays the visible picture of this collective activity.  We see our physical body, of course; but since we don’t “see” our emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies in the same way, we are inclined to treat all our physical symptoms without working with our other energies in our other bodies.

An overweight person, for instance, typically thinks that a physical diet will change the physical body. And it will – maybe – but until the emotional energy is discharged, the physical body will not remain changed.  Here are some other situations which appear to by physical problems, but which have their roots in other bodies. Do you find yourself saying something like:

Since I moved to my new house, I’ve had insomnia.
Since I met Sally, I’ve had terrible bladder problems.
Since my wife got pregnant, I’ve started having migraines.
Since my mother-in-law moved in, I’ve had this rash.
Since my business has been doing well, I’ve developed an ulcer.

Since many common health problems have their roots in your “unseen” bodies, let’s look at them more closely to see where and how you can experience better energy.  This is something you deserve.  Your birthright is health and wholeness, so let’s work together to achieve this!”

So, health isn’t just about physical symptoms or sicknesses. Body, Mind and Spirit – they are all intertwined!

So the next time you feel “sick” or out of balance, look at what is going on in your life at that moment…something you are trying to avoid doing…or someone you are trying to avoid seeing…or maybe you feel like you can’t do something, but you don’t want to admit it? Whatever it is, sometimes when you are “sick”, you need to free your mental, emotional or spiritual blockage and you can be healthy and whole again!

Sounds easy…but it isn’t. Often, you will need to find a spiritual teacher or guide who can help you to sort things out. It is much easier to see an issue in another person than in your own self.

I happened to find my spiritual teacher, Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, in the mountains of Fremont, California and my life has transformed!

Check out my way earlier blogs to learn more about my life 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Looking for a Good Martial Art School

February 19, 2017

Bruce Lee… Jackie Chan… Jet Li…Tony Jaa…

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I love martial art action! Back in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I used to watch Black Belt Theater every Saturday afternoon…it was back to back B-rated movies of the greats…Bruce Lee…Jackie Chan before he was “Jackie Chan”…and a whole slew of unknowns….

Back then, I was 10-11 years old…a small Korean girl who was born in America. I didn’t speak any Korean but for some reason, I was fascinated by the martial arts. Of course, growing up in a small dinky town in the middle of Tennessee…there weren’t any martial art schools nearby…and besides, my mom would have NEVER allowed me to start training.  (boys aren’t going to like girls who train!)  She nearly freaked out when I started training in Taekwondo in college!

Anyway, so I’ve been interested in Martial Arts since I was 10.

When I went away to college, I decided to try Taekwondo for P.E. credit!  It was a great way to start and be introduced to the world of martial arts.

But, if you are not in college, you may not have this opportunity.

I had trained in college and when I was studying in France, I trained at a gym there. On my off term from college, I trained at a school in Cambridge, MA. So I got to see and experience different teachers, different schools.

Fortunately, I found a martial art school only a year after I graduated from college, Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, founded by Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim. I learned a LOT when I visited this school for the first time.

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Here are some steps you can take and what to look out for!

  1. Check your local yellow pages or google to see how many martial art schools are in a 20 mile radius from your home or work.
  2. Look at their ads first – seem geared more towards kids? towards flashy acrobatics? or do they emphasize more spiritual and mental aspects?
  3. When you first walk into the school, do you feel anything? Does it feel warm & inviting? Is everything neat and orderly?
  4. Are the other students smiling and talking with each other when they are in the lobby?
  5. Are the students focused on training when they are on the training floor?
  6. Are the students’ uniforms clean and looking good?
  7. Meet the instructors, how do you feel about them? Are they personable and easy to talk to?
  8. Check out the bathrooms… You can learn a LOT from bathrooms 🙂 – are they clean & tidy? are there showers and/or lockers? are all the supplies well stocked?
  9. Are the kids running around wildly and out of control?
  10. Does everyone seem happy?

Every martial art is different from each other. The physical moves may differ, the commands/terminology may differ, but all martial art schools should project the same/or similar tenets and philosophies…based on honor, discipline and respect.

I learned the most from Great Grandmaster Kim because her school and her art form were so different from anything I had done before. Not the actual movements, but with the philosophies and practices.

I had become disillusioned with the belt ranking system in college when I saw one Master promote students who never even came to class much, but had paid their $45 testing fee. To me that meant the belt color didn’t mean anything.

Paying a fee for testing is standard in all martial art systems. But when I found out at Jung SuWon was that if a student wasn’t ready to test, they weren’t allowed to test…not even if they brought the fee money with them!

I was impressed with that. That meant that Jung SuWon wasn’t just collecting testing fees for students who weren’t ready to move to the next rank.

The most important thing about choosing a good martial art school is that you have to feel good about the environment and about the instructors.

Every school is not for every person. So the best thing you can do is to visit the school, try out a class if it is allowed, and meet the instructors.

You’ll know if that school is right for you… you will feel it inside. As Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches, trust your Silent Master (your sixth sense).

Check it out!

Create Your Own Heaven!

February 1, 2017

We are in a tumultuous time… environmentally… politically… socially…

Everywhere you look, all the news on the TV and radio… everything seems to point to chaos!

In Seven Steps to Inner Power, Dr. Tae Yun Kim talks about creating your own Heaven or hell. (see page 76 if you own the book!)

This is hell: ten people are seated at a dining table. They have abundant food in front of them, but the chopsticks they’re required to use are all three feet long! When they try to eat, they discover that the size of the chopsticks makes it impossible to feed themselves. They’re all starving, quarreling, and fighting because they feel so thwarted and miserable.

This is heaven: ten people are at the same table with the same chopsticks. They are all happy, well fed, having a wonderful, peaceful time together. These people were unconcerned that they couldn’t feed themselves with these long chopsticks. They used them to feed each other! The needs of every individual were met when they cooperated with each other, when they worked together.

Dr. Kim goes on to say:

Everyone and everything that comes into your awareness was drawn there by you. Therefore, as we go about our daily lives, we can have some grace; rather than regarding ourselves as victims, we can serenely see ourselves as the creators or co-creators of every moment. As individuals we create our private worlds, and collectively with other members of the planetary body we create our larger world. Regard every situation, then, private or global, as an opportunity to practice the truth of your being in your thought and actions, your being only. When you’re being the best person you can be, don’t be surprised if you find others transforming along with you!

We have the power to create our own Heaven from our own attitudes and behaviors.

What’s stopping us?

🙂

 

 

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone!

January 25, 2017

Wait! What?? You want me to do do WHAT??

Step out of my comfort zone?

Yikes.

Sounds scary… it can be. There is a lot of fear with even thinking about stepping out of my comfort zone.

But with that fear comes great rewards.

My martial art teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches that as long as we stay in our comfort zone, we cannot grow. If I stay stagnant because I’m more comfortable, how will I ever expand my thinking, try new things, experience life?

That “Comfort Zone” is awfully comfortable… it is familiar… it is comforting… but it is also there because I had been unwilling to change, to try new things…

Fear has been my friend for WAY too long.

There is actually some excitement with stepping out of my Comfort Zone… facing the unknown…not sure of what will happen… but knowing that my martial art training has actually prepared me quite well for this.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is definitely the MASTER of stepping out of the comfort zone…She reaches for goals that seem WAY out of reach, yet she does it confidently and uses her “Future Memory” to see the results already delivered.

Even facing fears like swimming… Dr. Kim just dives in (literally!) and does everything she can to overcome the fears.

That’s why she is my inspiration and my role model.

In my life, I have stepped out of my comfort zone on my own a couple of times, but not enough to make a difference. It is too easy to get stuck in a rut and just accept the status quo.

But NO MORE!  This is 2017! And the year is almost over!!

This is my year for STEPPING OUT and doing things I have never done before… I just started today… but more on those details later…

The world is looking a LOT BRIGHTER outside “the zone”!

Yahoo!

I am in LOVE with my Life!!!

July 23, 2012

The tragedy in Colorado is still fresh in everyone’s minds.  I read a bunch of news articles about those who lost their lives.

One woman had escaped a shooting in Canada last year.  She said it made her realize how lucky she was and how much she appreciated her life.

Now, sadly, she lost her life in another shooting.

Life.

This is why Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says to “Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!”  Because you never know what might happen the next day, the next hour or the next minute.

I was in a major car accident in 1992…I rolled my car.  I remember crawling out the passenger side window thinking, “Oh my God.”

I DEFINITELY did NOT wake up that morning and say to myself, I think I’ll get in a car accident today!

With God’s blessings and lots of guardian angels, I survived that crash with just a tiny scratch on my knee.

Life is temporal.  Though when we are young…teens, twenties… we tend to feel like we will live forever.  I definitely did.  I took life for granted and assumed it would always be there for me…my life.  I also assumed that everyone I love would always be there.  Death was not a reality for me.

Great Grandmaster Kim teaches that no matter what your age is, we should always have gratitude for our life, our family and friends, our breath.  We should take care of each other and ourselves – Body, Mind and Spirit…

It’s funny how the paths of our lives change… When I was in high school and college, I didn’t appreciate my life or celebrate life.  I had frequent thoughts of dying… because I was just not happy in my life.

But today, I can confidently say that I am in LOVE with my Life!

I thank Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for inspiring me to fall in love with my life!  She is full of energy and dynamic spirit.  She lives her life fully with every breath.

Her spirit is contagious!

In the spirit of sharing, I like to share that contagious happiness with you!

are you smiling yet??

Living Life – Not just Existing…

July 14, 2012

There’s a classic movie called “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart.  It’s an awesome movie that is all about appreciation and gratitude.

Though I have probably seen that movie more than 100 times from when I was growing up, I didn’t fully understand the meaning of the words “appreciation” and “gratitude” until I started training with Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim at Jung SuWon.

Throughout my life, I used to cry and feel so alone.  I used to ask God “why me?”  I never looked at all the amazing blessings I had in my life.  I was always searching for someone to love me, but I learned from Great Grandmaster Kim that I didn’t even love myself, how could I expect someone else to love me?

In the past several years, many celebrities, actors, performers have died… Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Ernest Borgnine, Andy Griffith…and more.  These are people who I grew up with watching them on TV. When they die, I think… “no way!  I remember watching them on TV!”

I used to have that “magic thinking” that I would live forever… that the people around me, whom I love dearly, would live forever…

Not anymore.  The reality of Life and Death has hit me strongly, especially in recent years.

This reality doesn’t make me depressed.  On the contrary, it motivates me to Live my Life more Fully, more Passionately, more Creatively!

Sure, the thought of someone I love dying is not one that I want to think about and does make me cry…a lot…

But, instead of dwelling on the negative, I am using that as a catalyst into Living my Life with more GUSTO!

When I didn’t love myself, I didn’t value my life at all.  I felt that no one would miss me when I was gone, so why bother living?  When I was in college, no one around me would have known that I had an internal tsunami inside of me.  I was very good at not showing any problems.

I wonder how many people, men or women, have this same issue and think that there is no hope, no way out.  If you ever felt this way, I want you to know that you are not alone and that there IS a way out!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim taught me the value of my life by teaching me how to look into myself and to become the best person I could be.  She showed me how to recognize my strengths and weaknesses…which are sometimes the same thing!  She taught me how to tap into my inner strength.  She provided an environment where I could be truly happy.  I am so blessed and fortunate to have met Great Grandmaster Kim when I did in my life.

Once, I wasn’t living my life…I was just existing…like a leaf blowing in the wind…no direction, no purpose and no control over where it would go.

Since I have been training at Jung SuWon, my life has gained meaning and purpose, a direction towards awesome & amazing things!

Living life with PASSION is way more fun than just existing through every day with no energy, no direction.

Today, I can truly say, I am in LOVE with my Life!

Yahoo!