Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

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?


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…


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.


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?




Be Determined to Be Determined!

January 27, 2017

Do you set goals every year, New Year Resolutions…that you forget by March, April…?

Life just gets so busy that it is easy to just slide by and start focusing on other things. I know that happens to me a lot!

Well, Dr. Tae Yun Kim writes in her book, Seven Steps to Inner Power, about determination:

Unswerving determination is one of the most important factors in reaching your goal, in reaching any goal. Only you can make your determination work for you. And if you use it, your determination will attract to you all the other factors needed for your success – the right associates, the right information, being in the right place at the right time, and so on. Determine now to value determination!  pg. 32

That’s it! Unswerving determination!

Sounds easy… just check it out!  One thing my teacher Dr. Tae Yun Kim shares is that in order to BE successful, you must PRACTICE YOUR SUCCESS!

That means, just do it…and do it again and again…

Practice being determined by picking 1 thing that you want to do…and go do it. Don’t let anything stand in your way!

Once you achieve this…then do it again!  Pretty soon, you will reach all your goals!

Can’t hurt to try!  I’m going to do it! Yahoo!

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone!

January 25, 2017

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

Step out of my comfort zone?


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”!


Storms and Blue Skies

January 22, 2017

Last night, it was RAINING. The wind was strong and the power went out! The storm was raging and it felt like it could go on for days.

When I woke up this morning, the sun was out, the sky was blue, the birds were chirping.


Sometimes a day might seem so gloomy or so depressing, all dark and cloudy, but before you know it, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

My martial arts teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches that even when the sky is full of dark clouds, guess what? The sun IS STILL THERE! It’s just hiding behind the clouds. All it takes is for one cloud to move and the sun will shine brightly through the sky.

This is related to the Maybe story I talked about in the previous blog post.

Sometimes, things happen in life that are unexpected and may seem to be very negative or very depressing. We just need to remember that the SUN IS STILL THERE. So don’t get caught up in the depressing feeling…or the anger or sadness.


Wait? Maybe you LIKE to feel depressed or sad or angry…so you WANT to stay in that pit of despair.

I know, I was totally like that for my entire life before I started training at Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy.

When I was growing up, throughout my childhood, teenage years and even in college, I liked feeling sorry for myself. I liked feeling like the whole world was against me. I liked feeling helpless. I called it “wallowing in my own self-pity”. Of course I had to do it because no one was there for me. I was all alone.

I used to commiserate with myself and had a mantra of all the reasons why my life sucked and why no one loved me.

But you know what? Doing that was SO lazy! I didn’t want to address the issues and try to resolve them. It was just easier to just be miserable than to try to be happy in my life.

When I started training at Jung SuWon, Dr. Tae Yun Kim would teach in class and say things like “practice being happy until you actually feel happy!”

I was really confused. I didn’t see how that related to training in the martial arts. And then I felt like I would be lying if I pretended to be happy.

Great Grandmaster asked me, “Don’t you WANT to be happy?”

“Of course!” I exclaimed.

Then she said to me, “it’s not lying. You are projecting how you want to be, so you need to practice being happy. Then one day, you will start to actually FEEL happy!”

What a simple concept!

For the past 25 years, I have been doing just that… practicing being happy and you know what?

I am REALLY Happy now!!!

Dr. Kim has also said “Practice your success.”

I never thought of it like this before…I used to just drift through life, expecting things to “just happen”…but you know what?  Success doesn’t just fall in your lap.  You have to drive yourself towards it and Practice it so that you will become successful! Yes, IT TAKES WORK and ENERGY!  But you have to decide that you want to do this and then Just Do It.

Have a wonderful and beautiful day!





January 21, 2017

My martial arts teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, shares a story called “The Maybe Story”. 

It’s a very interesting story about when things happen, we tend to judge them based on our emotions. It’s about how we react to things that happen without thinking.

The story goes something like this:

There was a farmer who lived in a village with his son. He raised beautiful horses that worked on his farm and he took great care of them.

One day there was a lightning storm that riled the horses and they broke through the fence and ran away. All the men in the village came to this man and said “oh how terrible for you! How terrible that all your horses ran away! What bad luck!”

And the farmer said “Maybe.”

And all the villagers said, “How can you say maybe? All your horses are gone!”

But still the man just nodded his head and said “maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad.”

The villagers just left, shaking their heads in dismay.

Well, those horses were completely spooked by the lightning and they just ran off. They found themselves amongst a whole herd of wild horses…beautiful mustangs and pintos and all different kinds of wild horses. 

At first they felt good being with all these new friends, but after a few days, they started missing their regular schedule and food with the farmer and his son. So they told all the wild horses about their life with the farmer and all the regular food they got. The wild horses started talking amongst themselves and decided that they were tired of just roaming around aimlessly with no purpose so they told the other horses that they would follow them back to their home.

The next day, the farmer’s son started yelling and screaming and the farmer went outside to see what all the ruckus was. There inside the corral were not only his original horses but a whole herd of new horses!

The local villagers heard what had happened and all came to see for themselves.

“You are SO lucky that your horses ran away and brought all these new horses to you! What good luck you have!”

The farmer only replied with a smile, “Maybe.”

The farmer’s son decided to try and ride one of the new horses, but when he got on the horse, the horse, who had never had a rider before, got scared and started bucking wildly. The son was thrown off the horse and broke his leg! The local doctor came and set the leg in a cast and said it would take 8 weeks to heal.

Again the villagers heard the news and came by to visit the farmer.

“What bad luck you have! How could your son break his leg? Who will help you with your farm work? Those horses have brought you such bad luck!”

The farmer smiled, and said “Maybe.”

The villagers were shocked! “How can you say ‘maybe’?? Your son can’t walk normally for 8 weeks!!”

But the farmer just smiled.

The villagers again left, shaking their heads.

Now a civil war had started to brew in the region, and the local militia came to each farm to conscript the young men who were able to fight. When they came to the farmer’s house, they saw that his son had a broken leg, so they didn’t draft him. But they went to all the other households and took all the ablebodied sons.

The villagers came to the farmer, weeping and sobbing, “what good luck you have! Our sons were all taken to the military, but your son stayed! How lucky that the horse broke his leg! We wish our sons had broken their legs too! You have such good luck!”

And the farmer just smiled, “Maybe.”

The farmer never took any situation as good or bad and he didn’t become emotional each time something happened.

What about in your life?  Do you make quick judgments whenever things happen? 

When you are driving and you get stuck behind a slow driver, do you start cursing and swearing at the driver? Or maybe there is a cop hiding ahead and if you hadn’t slowed down, surely you would’ve gotten a ticket!

When you miss your flight, do you become angry at the airline ticket counter people? Maybe that airplane ended up flying in a storm and crashed? (That happened to a friend of mine!)  Wouldn’t you count your blessings?

Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches that we should not be quick to judge any situation and to look on the bright side. You know the saying that every cloud has a silver lining?

Check it out the next time you feel your anger or negative energy rising. Maybe you can see the good in the situation. Maybe?

Learning from Movies

January 16, 2017

I love watching movies. Not just for the entertainment value, but because there is so much to learn from watching movies.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, my mentor and teacher, has been teaching through movies for many, many years.  When I first started training over 25 years ago, I remember watching a movie with Dr. Kim and other students, and after the movie, Dr. Kim asked, “what did you learn?”

I didn’t understand. I was entertained. But what did I “learn”?

It was at this moment that I discovered that Dr. Tae Yun Kim wasn’t an ordinary teacher or Martial Arts Master. She saw learning moments everywhere…at the mall, at the movies, on the mountain, watching a butterfly, finding a four leaf clover.

After that first movie, I watched movies a LOT differently. Instead of becoming numb to what was happening on the screen, I paid attention to what was happening, what was being said, what touched me the most during the movie.

It’s amazing. There is Always something to be learned… courage…consistency…patience…determination…drive…never giving up…compassion…all things that I want to develop in myself, I could see in the movies I watched!

Last night, I saw a movie called “Deepwater Horizon“.  It stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, an Engineering technician on an oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, that was being contracted by BP Oil to drill for oil. It is based on a true story.

This movie had so many incredibly powerful moments that I can apply to my own life.


If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and want to be surprised, don’t read any further! ♥

Scene: The bigwigs from BP came on board the oil rig and had basically stopped all the testing from the 3rd party vendor because of time and money. The rig was 43 days late and BP didn’t want to spend any more time or money waiting…even if it meant bypassing all the safety checks. This greed caused one of the biggest oil spills in the U.S. in all of history.

Lesson learned: QUALITY! QUALITY! QUALITY! Nothing is worth more than verifying the quality of your work.  It doesn’t pay off to sacrifice quality because the end customer will suffer. No matter what you do, put Quality into it!

Scene: The rig is blowing up, fire is exploding in all corners. One explosion rocks through the bathroom where the main team manager, Mr. Jimmy is taking a shower. Pieces of glass are shot at him and pierce his body in dozens of places, damages both his eyes and a big shard gets embedded in the bottom of one of his feet. When he regains consciousness, he has no idea what has happened. He pulls the piece of glass from his foot, and blinded by the explosion, he feels around for his overalls, painfully puts them on, and feels his way out into the corridor to try to find out what has happened. When Mike finally gets to him, he tells Mike to take him to the bridge.

Lesson learned: Purpose, determination, responsibility. Mr. Jimmy was responsible for the rig and all the people on board. Even though he was severely injured, he knew he had to get to the bridge to disconnect the pipes to stop the explosions. He could barely walk, he couldn’t see, yet he was determined to make it to the bridge because it was his responsibility. How much do I take responsibility for my own life? If I could only apply that kind of purpose, determination and responsibility for everything I did in my life, how different my life would be! But I have discovered that it is too easy, too comfortable and too lazy to not accept responsibility and to blame others all the time. And once you get into a habit of doing this, it is hard to break free from it. 2017 is MY year to break free from this!

Scene: On the bridge, Andrea, the engineer in charge of driving the rig, sees all the explosions and fire… not knowing what happened or what was going on, she had the instinct to disconnect the pipe and to turn the EDS on (not sure exactly what that is, but it had something to do with shutting things down). But the other guy on the bridge told her that they did not have the authority to shut things down. She kept moving towards the button to disconnect and the other guy was forcefully insistent that they could not make that decision. When Mr. Jimmy finally made it to the bridge many minutes later, he asked if they had disconnected the pipe and enabled the EDS and they said no. So he went to do it.

Lesson learned: Andrea’s Silent Master told her what needed to happen…to disconnect the pipe and to enable the EDS. But the other guy…the “logical/rational” mind said they were not “allowed” to make that decision. But the rig was exploding and fire was shooting out everywhere! How much time was wasted and how many lives were at risk because they didn’t act on Andrea’s instinct? Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about our Silent Master, that 6th sense inside of us that is intimately connected to God and that is a voice that quietly speaks to us…but most of us have too much noise in our heads to hear it. This lesson is that I must learn to listen to my Silent Master and to take action based on that…and NOT let my rational/logical mind talk me out of things….this happens way too often to me. My rational mind always seems to interfere with my listening and hearing my Silent Master voice.

Well, there were many more lessons in many more scenes…but to not be too long winded, I’ll stop here…you get the picture!  I’ll continue to write more about the lessons I’ve learned from the many movies that I have seen with Dr. Kim… I hope you enjoyed this!

As Dr. Kim always says, He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!d

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

January 12, 2017

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster, shouts this out with amazing energy and spirit whenever she gives a lecture or motivational speech.

Time is flying by. It is already the middle of January, 2017… Before you know it, it will be summertime…then fall…then Christmas time…

Why spend any time grumbling and mumbling…complaining about your life or your situation?

Dr. Kim shares that there is no more time for this. We are in a new time, a new age. If we don’t grab hold of our happiness RIGHT NOW, there will never be another time!

When was the last time you said “I love you” to your significant other?

When was the last time you hugged your child or your best friend?

Celebrate every living breath as if it were your last… what does this really mean?

It means, don’t waste any more time.

Do the things that make you happy. Do them now! Don’t wait!

Have you written up your bucket list? If you have, Start doing everything on your list and start crossing them off one by one. If you haven’t written your bucket list, do it now!

Eat dessert first because you never know what might happen!  That means Enjoy Life Now.

Don’t wait for “a better time”…don’t wait for “a better chance”…there is no time like the present.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is the epitome of Celebrating Every Living Breath… sometimes, she will just jump in a car and drive to go see the sunset from a mountain top…or will just turn on some music and start dancing!

Why wait?

Why not express and feel joy and happiness right now? Right this moment? You never know what will happen in the next moment.

Guaranteed that people who get into serious car accidents did NOT decide that morning that they would get into a fatal car accident…

You could be the most careful driver on the road, but you have no control over the other drivers…so your fate is unknown.

What you do know is that you have This moment NOW.

So, like Dr. Tae Yun Kim says… let’s CELEBRATE every moment, every living breath because we never know…this may just be our Last!

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

Three Things for a Successful Life

June 2, 2013

Do you want to have Success in your life?

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim shared her wisdom about how to have Success in your life.

1. Gratitude
You must have gratitude in your life. You must see the value in your life.

2. Courage
You have to be Bold, continuously face challenges. You can’t let fear imprison you. Be daring. Those who challenge and are daring are the ones who achieve success.

3. Surround yourself with right people, right environment
If you hang out with people who only do drugs, or who are lazy and have no ambition, then you will be affected by them. If you hang out with people who strive for success, then you will strive too!

It seems pretty simple but it’s not!

How much do you apply these in your life?