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Feature July 2010

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Empowering The Joy Within

Count your blessings…name ten attributes of yourself that you appreciate. These can be anything that you like about yourself from your hair color, your laughter, your abilities, your relationships to your desires, your character, or even your vulnerabilities or problems that you have resolved. Reflecting on the present moment brings graciousness and vibrancy to the aspects of your life that resonate with you. When you embrace what you do have and nurture those elements of your life that empower you, good things begin to happen. We all have difficulties, some are more severe than others, yet when facing challenges, keeping our heart and mind strong enables us to live a more balanced life.

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Once you have made this list, take one of your items and for a day express gratitude for and appreciation of that portion of joy that you have honored in your life. Take the time to really understand that joy. What part of it gives you a sense of fulfillment? Is it something that you can expand and develop? Would you like to develop it? Or is it a static expression? Does it offer the possibility of a greater joy?

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Feature June 2010

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Types of Relationships in Your Life


Lets look at you and your relationships to begin to get a glimmer of the community that is yours…

List the five most important people in your life today:

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After each of the people above, answer these questions:

What is it about this relationship that attracts you?

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Feature May 2010

May 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Self-Esteem: Facing the Issue

What is it that we want as women? Collectively, there has never been a better time for the recognition for and of women as human beings. What does this mean? What is the opportunity at hand? And what are we to do with our own evolution as women? Individually, our stories vary, some more extreme than others. We each and all have our own journey and hardships along the way. So, how often do our experiences show to us that we are unique? Does the world that we live in reflect who we are? Can we thrive in the world through self-reliance and self-accountability? Is there something more?

What is the issue? What are we searching for in the darkness? What do we want? Do we know? What questions do we ask to begin discovering this answer? How many of you have asked yourself, “What do I desire that will bring me purpose and fulfillment whether independently or interdependently, yet of my own making?” And if you have asked yourself that question, what were your responses? What would be your responses now, today?

For many of us, this question does not even arise. The awareness of a personal self only faintly exists or the consciousness of the self has yet to develop and perhaps will so in time. And for many of us this question is not pertinent because the soul already knows and it is not necessary to ask. Oh, what a beautiful state, to live in the unfolding of life as it is given. Yet, for most of us, the question is present or soon will be and we start the process of uncovering our truth. Much of this evolution of consciousness or “uncovering” eventually leads to a joyous sense of self where your participation in life is substantiated by the change that you create. What changes would you like to create? What changes would you most like to create? Circle the three changes that you would most like to create.

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Jury Duty: An Experience of Civic Duty

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Home, Muse News

I was just was called for Jury Duty and was found out I was a potential juror for a three week or more trial. I was thinking that was a long time, but if I could learn something by the experience it might be interesting. In the end, I was excused from the juror pool along with some ten or so others. The case was regarding the letting go of an employee after some 35 years or so employment. The employer was being sued by the plaintiff for letting her go on the grounds of discrimination: age and disability. I had given the case some thought over the two days as a prospective juror and I said to the court…

“It seems to me this case is about three things:

1. Aging – How does one experience getting older?
2. Change – Is one a victim of it or accepting of it if

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Feature April 2010

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

An Inspiring Woman

Often times, our inspirations come from influences that resonate with our sense of self. My inspiration for writing this April Feature comes from Kate Douglas Wiggins and the letter she wrote to The Girl Scouts of America where she points out that The Girl Scouts is a training school for womanhood.

An Expose on Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Kate Douglas Wiggin was an American educator and author of children’s stories. She was born Kate Douglas Smith on September 28, 1856 in Philadelphia of Welsh descent and died August 24, 1923 (aged 66) in Harrow, Middlesex, England. A graduate of Abbot Academy, Class of 1873, she started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the Silver Street Free Kindergarten). With her sister during the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers.

Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour.

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Feature March 2010

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Twists and Turns of Life

Often times, we set a direction and our journeys take us in other unknown directions. This is to say that as women we are even complete in the unknown. Everything we are and have is sufficient for the unfolding of our lives. We may need to take steps to discover our paths and to accomplish the tasks necessary to move along the path, but still we are whole and all that we need is inside us.

Timing is a curious creature. I must admit I never know what the timing is going to be in these twists and turns of life. Sometimes, it is frustrating and at other times, I realize that in actuality it is a blessing to find out that some event would not have happened or some new insight would not have been revealed if not for the timing that actually occurred.

My mother passed away two weeks ago on March 15th.

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Support a 5th World Conference on Women

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Home, Muse Happenings and Events

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Published by Jean Shinoda Bolen on Oct 12, 2009

A UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) would be the most influential and far-reaching women’s conference ever held. Grassroots activism and political leadership needs to be mobilized or it won’t happen.

The 4th conference was held in Beijing in 1995, drew over 40,000 participants, and led to the Beijing Platform for Action, which if implemented would have created a world where women’s rights and human rights were one in the same. The empowerment of women changes priorities: safety for women and children, nutrition, health and education, and concern for the environment are women’s concerns.

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Feature February 2010

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Structure of Life:

The body… health, cleanliness, nutrition, exercise, fresh air, the use and exchange of your energy to maintain and build the vision of your life, sexuality and the exchange of life, the family and the social dynamics of living in community…getting back to basics, the simplicity of physical foundations.

All else beyond that is a question of education, lifestyle, preferences, expectations, ambitions, social upbringing, self-measurements, creativity, the expansion of our joy and roles. Once we know who we are and have an understanding of our emotional make-up, all the above that is beyond our physical foundations, represents an advanced concept of our purpose and fulfillment.

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Update on the development of DaVincisMuse.com and offerings

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Articles and News, Home, Muse News

As soon as all the pieces are put into place, we will now be offering six courses for women and much, much more, though I would rather not give the surprise away until I give birth to it. The birthing process is slow, though it has given me new insights.

To let you all know, I am looking for a business partner who can handle that side of things. Too many hats for me in terms of vision/content development, business building, website technologies, marketing, etc; so I am looking to create a team as well. I am also researching how to secure funding and make this happen for you as well as for me. I am very excited about what DaVincisMuse.com will be offering and if all goes well, the vision is really a movement.

I have had help assisting in building some of the foundations (those that know who you are, thank you very much), though at this point I am a bit on my own. Please excuse the delay and thank you for your patience. If anyone has thoughts about how to make this happen, please do contact me at Lane@DaVincisMuse.com.

Sincerely,
Stephany Lane Yarbrough

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Feature January 2010

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

A Question of Integrity


Merriam-Webster’s definition of integrity:

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptability

2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness

3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : Completeness

synonyms: honesty

We first learn about integrity through our parents as models of integrity.

Our key significant relationships also teach us about integrity.

How we represent ourselves in the physical world through our actions reveal our personal integrity.

Alignment of the self through our personal integrity of love and joy, even in the midst of transitions, enables us to be accountable for our own lives. In relationships, for there to be any relationship at all, integrity is paramount. And this is true for all relationships.

In relationships between a man and a woman, one’s integrity involves clear communication. Spoken expectations and understandings are important after the courtship, dating or complimentary phase of emotional connection (or if you want to be down and dirty depending on your emotion make-up and the kind of relationship you desire, sometimes directly communicating what you both want can be more efficient). Clear communication of expectations and understandings enable the relationship to be built on a solid structure and a solid structure creates a win-win relationship.

Because people grow in self-awareness about their identity and with that may come change and separations in relationships, this does not mean that the giving, particularly in terms of the unquantifiable aspects of what the woman has given or gives, should be dismissed, not honored nor respected, especially when children are involved. In the case where respect and compassion for the life created has diminished, the question of integrity appears. Ask yourself, when a break-up has occurred or is occurring, has there been or is there honor in character and integrity through action in valuing what was or what is? Often times, when expectations are not communicated clearly during the structuring phase of a relationship and particularly when a win-win relationship for some reason has not been or can not be established, integrity plays a key role. At this point seemingly “victims” and “villains” emerge.

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