Sending love and respect to all great mothers on this planet!
Sayako, my 83 years-old-mother, is the sunshine of our family. Back in my school days, we used to often go to our favorite Chinese restaurant in Yokohama Chinatown for our family weekend dinner. An old Chinese restaurant owner greeted us. Every time we visited there, he loved to hold my mother’s hands and said, “You are like a Kannon, Goddess of Mercy and sunlight.” I believe he was feeling the warmth and motherly energy in Sayako.
She learned to use her Android smartphone and now communicating with her grandchildren using “LINE,” a popular communication app in Japan. She is our family hub.
When I first shared my intention to retire from the corporate job and enter into a totally new field of business as a coach serving international clients, she immediately supported me and pushed me to go on. She still is my biggest cheerleader.
With my two sisters, we are proud to have Sayako as our...
We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary last week!
We didn’t go out. Just like our regular weekend menu, we had our favorite Sardin fillets with tomato sauce, stir-fried broccoli and lotus root, five grains rice and miso soup, with a bottle of red Spanish wine.
It’s nice to have an anniversary to reflect on our long journey together. But, at our age of 57 and 56, we still believe that our future is much more exciting than the fix old past!
We're grateful for having enough energy and passion for looking forward and support each other to reach for our dreams.
One of the strategies that have been working well for our growing relationship is to celebrate something small every day. When we decide to celebrate something little daily:
You may be doing this already, but if...
Do you feel you have enough energy?
Sometimes we feel we want to have quick access to our energy.
We can breathe deeply, take a walk, jogging, trying some meditation, or fill our stomach with tasty, nutritious plates.
But, one thing that really helps me, and maybe you too is to see the beauty around us. Especially, the bright, vibrant energy of flowers.
Now that Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) season is almost over. This year, I had such a marvelous time with Sakura that I couldn't hold the radiant energy I was blessed to receive from Sakura only within me.
That’s why I created this mini video for YOU to feel that Sakura energy!
I recorded the videos, but the photos were mostly taken by my 89 father, Eiichi, an amateur photographer. During Sakura season, he went out almost every day to the parks and the streets to capture the peak of Sakura. He was receiving and dancing with Sakura energy!
If you sometimes feel you need more energy, go out to find beauty close by. At...
What score would you give on your relationship with your spouse or your closest loved ones? We know our relationship affect your sleep and the opposite is also true.
Yesterday, I missed a good sleep.
My husband, Yasushi, and I went to the breathing class after work. We had dinner at our favorite Izakaya (a type of casual Japanese bar), got on the train together. From the train station, we walked back home separately.
He was reading the Financial Times on his desk, but there was something different. He didn’t answer my questions. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
Then right before going to bed, Yasushi uttered, “You didn’t want to listen to me.” I went blank. Then he added, “You were busy listening to your iPhone.”
Oh my god! That was true! On the train, I was listening to the webinar I missed during the day. I didn’t want to stop it when I got off the train. I kept listening not to miss a word on the way back...
What would you do when you want to clear your thought?
I took a walk, my daily routine, and there it was.
The shadow of a tree. Reflected on a stone wall covered with green moss. One of Korin Ogata’s sliding screen painting came into my mind.
Looking at the shadow changing its position with a breeze of air, I found peace inside. I took a deep breath and stayed with my energy.
Our brain may get noisy after the hectic round of meetings or an awkward conversation with our parents. It just happens.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
How you respond is the key to opening a door for self-exploration.
If you can’t go out for a walk and change the gear, find a picture of nature, green, water, animals, or anything that you feel comfortable and relaxing. Set it as a background cover photo on your devices or pin it down on your desk panel.
Looking at the picture you selected with intention will be a trigger to let you breathe deeply and reconnect with your inner peace.
I made countless mistakes during my corporate career. But the one that took my energy away most was this.
After being promoted as a deputy general manager of procurement (the first women in this post) in a major Japanese beverage company, I worked hard until late at night and even over the weekends to build my team and achieve our business goals. I really wanted to be a good leader, a role model for my peer women employees.
But after 3-4 years, I noticed my level of energy has declined even though I kept practicing the breathing method and was still conscious of maintaining my healthy habits. What was happening to me?
I realized that it came from my wrong, old style of thinking; I needed to sacrifice myself, my own joy to be perceived as a non-selfish leader. I put my energy to fill out others' plate and postponed my self-service.
If you're doing this, it won’t last for a long time. Let’s be deliberate in first filing our energy tank and then share it with others!
Do you have a dream? Even a tiny one is OK.
When you achieved your dream, what would that make you feel?
I really thought about this for a while. Do you know what I found?
The utmost feeling of joy, happiness, hope, knowing the greatness in me and others, and all these fulfilling emotions are already within me!
I just needed to think about a daily scene; feeling the loving interactions of the energy that flows naturally between my students and myself when we do the breathing exercise together.
That's so simple! And, I can access this fulfilling feeling anytime I want. Because it comes from my daily activity. Why not use our library of emotions wisely?
What are the highest feelings can you imagine? When you think of having achieved that dream already...
Getting a high-paid job, buying a car, a new house, traveling to Paris, or finding an everlasting partnership...
Can you think of any satisfying emotions that you already felt in the past or you have access right now from your...
One of the excellent sleeping techniques I couldn’t share with you in my recent webinar about sleep is a visualization technique.
If you haven’t done before, or even if you are already using some meditation or visualization technique, try this before going to bed. The nice thing about it is you can just add on to your daily practice. It is compatible with what you are doing right now.
This technique uses an image as the trigger to immerse you into a peaceful state of mind. Once you recall a safe, fulfilling emotion in you, your body also relaxes and releases its tension. That's why this technique is useful to shift your mind and body into feeling pleasant energy to guide us into a deep sleep.
Let's get to the exercise (takes only a minute)!
For my friend, I created a video to show how to gently relieve the pains (neck pains, back pains, joint aches) with deep breathing
I was wearing my down coat to show how to do it outside, but it was too cold!
Make sure to inhale through your nose and exhale from your mouth slowly. Imagine your pain melting down into the ground as you exhale.
Try it when you feel some pains. If you like this video, please share with your friend with your love.
Love to hear your comments. Enjoy your days!
From this week, I decided to post a weekly video blog to share my journey as a high performance coach, a breathing coach, and a personal stylist after I totally shifted my career path from the 34 years’ service in the corporate world.
Especially now, I’m working on myself to find more access to my true self. There are up and downs, but I’m ready to polish and bring up what’s sleeping in me so that I get to love myself and others even more.
I hope you can find something that may also work for you to accept and love yourself!
This week, I’m talking about why I thought I can be of service to the people having a sleeping problem.
If you also want to enjoy better sleep, you can register for the FREE Video Training now.
“How not to stay awake in the bed”
January 18th to 23rd (PST) 40 minutes