What is mindfulness?

“Mindfulness” is simply a practice of stopping and of looking deeply into what is happening in the present moment. One of the Zen stories told about a person who was riding a horse really fast through town. A few town people became concerned, so they mounted their horses and caught up with him. They asked: “Where are…

One Word.

Several years ago, I learned this from my mentor, John C. Maxwell. Every year, he would pick one word. That word becomes his focus for the year. It serves as a quick reminder of something he wants to work on, of something he needs to focus on when he encounters the challenges of everyday life. The one word is…

It’s okay to cry!

I recently went through some changes that are dear to my heart, and as a result, I cried a great deal. This period reminded me of many conflicting advises that I have heard about whether it’s okay to cry in public or to cry at all. “Don’t cry, Thanh. As a mom, you need to…

Are you building a cathedral?

An old story: A man came across three men working side by side laying bricks. He asked them what they are doing. The first man said: “I’m laying bricks”. The second man said: “I’m constructing a wall”. The third man cheerfully said: “I’m building a cathedral. When this is done, it will be one of…

Never Stop Dreaming

Next week, our family will be visiting Disneyland, the land of dream 😊 so to speak. It reminds me of the story of failure during the early career of Walt Disney. Earlier in his career, he was fired from a newspaper for not being creative enough; and yet, that same newspaper ended up filing for bankruptcy while…

Are You International?

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to work in an international role. In this role, I get to work with people abroad, and also represent them when working with our American colleagues. It has been a journey of joy and of learning. I have learned that not everyone is willing to be an international person;…

How to Meditate

Recently I had the privilege to offer private meditation instruction to a family. At the beginning of the session, the mom had many questions about the goals and techniques of meditation. One of her question was if we should keep our mind completely empty and eliminate all the thoughts during meditation. I think I didn’t…