I hope you enjoy the June issue of Ki Moments.
Writing this newsletter is one of the most fun things I do. I've been reading a book called "Happier" that my friend Janice gave me. It says to notice the "Want Tos" and the "Have Tos" in life; that it's good when the "Want Tos" outnumber the " Have Tos." Writing Ki Moments is definitely a "Want To". I hope you look forward to reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. Let me know, because your notes make my day.
And share Ki Moments with a friend. Make their day. Go ahead. There's a special link at the bottom.
Begin It: Lessons on Worrying from Junior High Math
I like newsletters, too, and I subscribe to an e-newsletter called Notes from the Universe. I'd heard from others that it offers positive daily reminders that "life is what you make it," as my Aunt Mary used to say.
The "Notes" are actually pretty amazing. When you sign up, you can answer questions about yourself, and the notes are somewhat personalized. Some days I think the author's reading my mind or grew up in my family.
Monday morning, for instance, the note read: As you always have, Judy, you're going to find, yet again and forevermore, that the hard and difficult stuff only ever seemed hard and difficult before you began it.
And I was reminded of a moment with my dad when I was about twelve years old. It was early September, and I was previewing my junior high math book, fretting about how hard it looked. My dad came over and said not to worry because by the time I needed to know the answers to the math problems I was looking at, I would have the skill to figure them out. He said learning would take place and when the time came, answering the questions would seem easy.
If you own my new CD, Simple Gifts, you know that I worry a lot, and about some pretty insignificant things. I was worrying about some future event when that "Note" flashed across my computer screen and I remembered Dad saying it would be okay. When the time comes, I will be prepared. I will know what to do, and it will seem easy. And maybe even fun.
What are you worrying about today? Maybe it only seems difficult because you haven't begun it yet.
Are you spending too much time in the future (or the past)? Take a deep breath right now, smile inwardly (and outwardly) and treasure this ki moment.
Why do we spend so much time in the past or the future? What is wrong with this moment? I think I'll practice presence today. How about you?
On the same note, Simple Gifts: Making the Most of Life's Ki Moments is receiving great reviews!
I consider Judy's CD to be a daily requirement. An elixir for everything that ails me … soothing voice/message to ease my troubles, fun music to perk me up. A perfect medicine with no negative side effects.—Suzanne
Simple Gifts is an extension of Judy's wonderful centering presence. Her beautiful voice and simple suggestions help to bring one back to the present. It's a must for all moms!—Linda Carbonneau
WOW!..Judy Ringer's New CD, Simple Gifts, is an absolutely fantastic and unique piece of work. It took me on a beautiful journey through a whole series of emotions, leaving me relaxed, centered, optimistic and hopeful… Highly Recommended!— Tony Wilden, Aikido Teacher/Healer
I'm excited to feel the positive energy flow, and you can help:
— Buy a copy for a friend. Surprise them with a gift of ki!
Purchase Simple Gifts
— Download the MP3
— Tweet, blog, or mention Simple Gifts on Facebook. Send your friends to this link: http://judyringer.com/html/cd_simple_gifts.html
— Review Simple Gifts on Amazon
Great Books for Living with Power & Presence
This summer, I plan to highlight useful resources for managing conflict, communicating with purpose, and living life with more energy, power, and joy.
My friend, Beth Boynton, RN, MS, has written a useful book focused on the healthcare profession but useful for any of us: Confident Voices: The Nurses' Guide to Improving Communication & Creating Positive Workplaces. Combining stories, facts, experience, and theories, Beth gets directly to the heart of many problems that nurses face and offers us all solutions and support.
Colleague Karen Valencic believes that people and organizations thrive if they follow three principles:
Communicate effectively and honestly.
- Embrace change and conflict as opportunities for growth.
- Perform at full capacity with clear and focused vision.
In her book, Spiral Impact: The Power to Get It Done with Grace, she offers reasons, examples, and a methodology for accomplishing these principles and achieving our desired outcomes with grace and ease.
I will have more next month. Stay tuned!
19th Annual Pegasus Conference – Nov. 2-4
Since 1989, Pegasus Communications has offered resources on systems thinking to help individuals, teams, and organizations connect in new ways about persistent challenges.
As a featured speaker at their upcoming fall conference in Seattle, I will be offering a 90-minute workshop, on "Applied Aikido: The Power of Purpose." Keynote speakers include Juana Bordas, John Seely Brown, Peter Senge, Linda Booth Sweeney, and David Whyte. It's a wonderful conference for you and your organization.
Register by June 30 and receive a $400.00 discount.
Learn more at Pegasus.com
Do you Kindle? Kindle is the new Amazon electronic book reader. If you have one, you can now read my book, Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, on your Kindle!
Power & Presence Training
76 Park Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Judy Ringer is Founder of Power & Presence Training, a Portsmouth, NH company specializing in unique workshops to help you and your organization manage conflict, communicate effectively, and co-create a more positive work environment.
E-mail Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free initial meeting to discuss your training needs. Ki (from Ai-ki-do) is Japanese for life energy. Ki Moments is a complimentary monthly "e-zine" with tips and how-to articles to help you manage the key moments in your life.
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Managing Conflict: An Aiki Approach
Forward to a Friend
"… the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would have otherwise never occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance,
Which no person could have dreamt would have come their way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
"Whatever you can do, or dream
You can begin it…
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.""
~ W. H. Murray, Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951