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Cindy Yantis
Los Angeles, CA
Writer. Thought Changer. Amateur Chef. Believer.
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Here are a few things to ponder this weekend... 1. Talk about a bucket list! Best get started now! Check these out... 2. For Lit Junkies... Check out these very cool te es. You can wear your favorite story. Really. The entire text of the book is on the tee. I'm thinking WIZARD OF OZ! Litographs 3. Interesting Read: Brain Pickings is one of more interesting blogs out there. Writer Maria Popova dives intensely into a topic and captures it richly. Her "subjective lens on what matters in the world and why." It's definitely one of my regular reads. 4. Watch & Choose: It's Pilot Season on Amazon and they're letting us help choose their next original series. You watch the three finalist pilot episodes and then vote. It's fun to be part of the process. I have my favorite. Which is yours? 5. Quote to ponder: "The meaning of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thought Changer
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When Simone Biles nearly fell off the balance beam, I know I was part of a global collective gasp. It was only a split second, but it could have been enough to trash the rest of her routine (it would have for most of us!). But, what happened next was such the mark of the champion that she is. She shook it off. Sure, maybe she rehashed the moment later, perhaps over and over again. I know I would have. But, my guess is she didn't. Perhaps she reviewed it briefly with her coach, but then the focus turned to her final event the next night. And, again it was so clear that she held no residual regrets, because as we all know, she nailed her spectacular floor routine and won Olympic gold. In fact, all through the Games, there are two things successful competitors and champions have in common.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis Signals from nature never cease to amaze. One morning I was greeted by the most gorgeous blooms on the rosebush next to my driveway. I couldn't resist cutting a stalk to take to my office. So for a week, each morning new buds opened and the pink roses expanded. But what I found so remarkable was that on this one thick stalk were 28 separate buds. Truly. Twenty-eight. The strength of the base stalk fed the buds and maturing blooms in a way that a matriarch might feed her family, or in the way people seed and grow their ideas. Oddly enough it got me thinking about legacy. We all have a legacy, whether we know it not. We will all be known and remembered for who we are, what we've done or what we leave behind. Legacies sung or unsung, global or insular, significant or mundane.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis The morning was alive with questions. I took my coffee and morning reading to a favorite lookout point in Hollywood. It was clear and cloudless with a joy-inducing view of the Hollywood sign. I situated myself so as not to look at the concrete landscape of LA, but rather the mountains, the sign and the scattering of homes tucked into the hills. As a small-town-kid-at-heart, it’s easy sometimes to feel weighed down by the heaviness of the city. I often feel the pull of the land and sky. It brings me back to a sense of home. So, as I allowed my mind and body to still, as I relished my coffee, the veil over my eyes lifted and serenity peeked in. I was alone and it was heaven. In that moment, a lone bird with a huge wingspan soared across my view. It circled and found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis Negativity cannot reside in a state of Grace. Only love. Peace. Compassion. Forgiveness. Harmony. It’s what is needed, now more than ever. Grace is floating on the wings of the wind, And being in Grace is allowing the Breath of the divine to breeze through you, Levitating you to a place where you drift between dimensions. As a kid, the mention of Grace was usually saved for church, some far away notion that was meant for nuns and saints. Other dimensions? Come on, that was for re-runs of Star Trek or when my girlfriends and I held a séance at a slumber party. But, now? Now, I’ve felt it. I’ve asked for it. And, received it. Sometimes it just shows up. Grace is state of mind. Grace is a way of being. Grace is a divine connection to all that is. Grace is way of life, however... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis "I've finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road." ~ Sir Elton John I think a lot about that road. In a “60 Minutes” interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award-winning creator of the musical HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel talked about attending a school for gifted children. He said he looked around and everyone was smarter than him, he was “surrounded by genius, genius kids.” Charlie Rose asked him, “So why do you think I’m sitting here talking to you and not one of your classmates?” He said, “I picked a lane and started running faster than anyone else.” “I picked a lane!” That lane led to the intense hard work and dedication that made him a true pioneer, recreating the modern Broadway musical. And, man is he ever in his purpose. One morning, on a recent trip to Costa Rica, I woke up at Rythmia Life Enhancement... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Thought Changer
That's the perfect addition, Kelli! The WE movement in action is all of what you said. Thank you!
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Thanks Kelli! It's such a good reminder, yes?
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2016 on Here's the Truth About Truth at Thought Changer
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Up at 3 am. I couldn’t sleep. My heart was aching and I couldn’t stop thinking about the horrific week in America – 2 more black men senselessly killed by cops and more cops killed in hateful retaliation. It has to stop. We have to come together. I heard an NPR interview yesterday with Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed during a controversial arrest in NYC after police held down in a chokehold. She is a devout spokesperson against police violence. She said, “I was able to get up and turn my mourning into a movement and my sorrow into a strategy.” At 3 am I thought, what I can do? Then my next thought was, I have a blog called Thought Changer. It's what I can do. It's my voice and contribution. After all, the very motto of this tome is, “Provoking Change, one thought at a time.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis How often do we just kind of fudge the truth, or tell a little white lie to make someone feel better or to make things a little easier on ourselves? How about several times a day? Research by social psychologist Robert Feldman, who has studied lying for over a decade, showed 60% of people lie 2-3 times during a 10-minute conversation. He also found that most people lie to be more likable or appear more competent. According to behavioral scientist Dan Ariely - in the documentary “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies” - it’s all about rationalization. The “fudge factor” leads to people rationalizing that a little lying is okay. He also says that self-deception takes place everywhere. It’s the biggest lie of all. He said, “We convince ourselves the deception is actually truth.” Well, that piece about self-deception gave me the chills. It got me thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis There’s much that we take for granted, living where we live in these great and complicated United States. The freedom to do so certainly started with our forward-thinking founding fathers. They set forth a whole new way of being, and living, with independence. It got me thinking about the meaning of independence on a deeper, more personal level. What does it mean to be personally independent? A true feeling of independence starts with an energy, a force that fuels and permeates a sagacity of human spirit, a spirit that manifests as personal power, something that is at times forgotten or lost in the chaos of the daily grind. To my way of thinking, this personal sovereignty is a combination of both mindset and sense, a combo that reminds us of whom we are meant to be. Let us begin with some core senses or deeper places of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis “Make it simple, but significant.” ~ Don Draper I used this quote as the theme for a recent writer’s retreat for one of my beloved clients. It gave us an effective mantra for the weekend, kept us on point and helped to streamline the writing in the most powerful way. “Make it simple, but significant” also got me thinking about how we often make things too complicated, in general. I know I do, to the point where sometimes I actually feel complicated. But, simple is clean. There’s brilliance behind simplicity. And, many of the most significant things in life, when it gets right down to it, are pretty simple. To simplify means to get back to basics, to start with one simple question, idea or statement and then find the significance in that. Significant is memorable. Significant can be priceless and timeless. Significant is a moment in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis “I’m amazed you’re able to get out of bed in the morning.” This is what my doctor said to me recently. “It’s life, Doc. I have a lot to do,” I said. “Do you have body aches?” she asked. “Only when I move,” I said. The truth is I’ve kind of felt like crap for months now. But, most people who know me wouldn’t suspect it because, like many of us, I’ve perfected the game face. Powering through, crossing off my to-do list, meeting deadlines, most of the time with the ready smile and it’s-a-good-day persona. But, behind the scenes? I’m tired. However, I don’t let myself be tired. I jam my evenings and weekends with writing projects and client deadlines and social gatherings, all of which I love to do, but… I’m sluggish and tired. AND, I have insomnia. Which creates brain fog and makes it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis The blueberries were starting to mold. They were big and beautiful round berries from the Farmer’s Market; although a few of them underneath already had the white fur of mold. But, several of the berries on top were still good, so I rescued them, transferred them to another bowl on the breakfast table, and tossed out the bad ones. Believe it or not, it got me thinking about limiting beliefs and the negative effects they have on possibility, expansion and abundance in our lives. When limiting beliefs pervade our thoughts, they can be very strong and intoxicating because they tap into familiar fears. If they’re not released and tossed away they can infect any new thoughts about possibility and instead create a stagnant field of inaction and paralysis of energy, as well as keeping us stuck in old patterns or stories of lack. Not a fun place... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Thought Changer
Thanks, Kelli! Yes, I've decided to love the rabbit hole. As long as I can recognize it for what it is and get out of it when I need to! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2016 on How to Love the Rabbit Hole at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis I recently sat down to meditate and, in order to clear my head before I started, I decided to respond to one Facebook message so it would be off my mind and I could focus on my meditation. Two hours later... I went down the rabbit hole. It's a common theme for me, rabbit holing. This time, for me, Facebook led to Pinterest which led to links of articles about Shonda Rhimes saying yes and the latest polls in Nevada, to a couple of fashion blogs and then offline to send a few unrelated texts, save some photos which sparked ideas for future stories, blogs, scenes, characters and ghostwriting projects. All of this in one adventure down my rabbit hole. So, not all bad. The problem is I can get so enamored with each of those it can keep me from the designated task at hand. So,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Thought Changer
Thank you, Kelli! It's such a prevalent theme for so many of us these days, right!? Looking forward to reading yours as well. I'm happy to share it when I do.
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By Cindy Yantis The word today is efficiency. It’s not the first time I’ve chosen this word from the grab bag of words I use sometimes to prompt my writing. In fact last time it sparked this: 5 Ways to Be Efficiently Creative. But, this time I wanted to put it back and draw another card. I wanted to pull something different, a bigger, sexier, juicier word, a word that would really get my engine going, a word I could really get behind and be jazzed about. Instead, efficiency. Okay, there must be a reason this word jumped out at me. The first things that popped into my head were “corporate” and “color within the lines” and “beige.” All three concepts I have a tendency to run from energetically. Yet, I know there’s something important here to discover, another way of looking at efficiency, a thought changing notion begging to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis What do you believe in? It's funny sometimes what gets you thinking about the deep questions. This time, for me, it was Crash Davis. His "I believe in... kisses that last three days..." speech in BULL DURHAM, got me thinking about how I'd answer Annie Savoy's question,"What do you believe in then?" That led to a stream of consciousness. Then, it got me thinking about what's underneath my belief statements. Our beliefs are those simple truths that we know, without having to provide evidence. They can be guidelines to live by or simply thoughts that we feel in our gut are right. Underneath those beliefs are deeper values that provide life's standards. And, our beliefs and values are what create our reality. So, here are a few of my beliefs. It's quite exhilarating to put them in writing. Do you resonate with any of them? Please add... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Thought Changer
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By Cindy Yantis In the forefront of science news this week is talk about the rare 5-planet alignment that will be visible to the naked eye for the first time in over a decade. Between now and February 20, if you set your alarm for about an hour before dawn, you can gaze toward the east to see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars & Jupiter all lined up. I haven't been able to see them yet with the cloud-covered LA mornings of late. I think a lot about alignment. Being in a state of alignment, more to the point. In fact, I expend a lot of thought, time and energy on this -- living in alignment with my purpose & core values, and continually adjusting my choices, in thought and action, to maintain my homestead in the state of alignment. You know when things are off, right? Maybe you feel a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Thought Changer
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Long weekends provide even more time to peruse and ponder new and old things. Here's what's on my radar this week. Travel inspiration: In case you needed to be reminded what a spectacularly beautiful country we live in, check out: 50 Small Towns With the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Which is your favorite? Or do you have one to add to the list? Video: Endearing and awesome words of advice for living and aging gracefully... from all ages. Daily Read: It's true our inboxes are bombarded with all kinds of fodder to chew on and our time gets split in a million directions. I love TheSkimm because it's concise daily news bits bring me quickly up to speed. It was created by two 20-something NBC news producers from their living room sofa. Now, it's gone big time. They've definitely hit a pulse. Recent Binge Watch: A friend just booked a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Thought Changer
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There's so much to be informed and inspired by... And, in this world of information overload and quickening time clocks... Here are few things I've been touching on this week. Inspiration for the Belly & the Soul: I'm inspired by my beautiful friend, Tembi Locke, who has turned her grief and story into an inspiring experience for community and communication. The Kitchen Widow, as she puts it, " is a modern take on the age-old kitchen table conversation – an inspirational online platform dedicated to raising awareness about how we can support each other through times of illness and grief. Here we reclaim the lost art of comforting the soul. We do it around delicious food." Her Sicilian recipes are mouth-watering. Check out her take on this kitchen staple: Red Wine-Infused Sea Salt Yum! Interesting Tidbit: 45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word Very from South African writer Amanda Patterson.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Thought Changer
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Here are a few things to ponder, try, question and while away the hours with this weekend... Site with great ideas: whether you're short on space or need to reorg the space you got, this is a one-stop blog. Check out Jen's tips on Socks! Thought Changing Book: phrases like "life-changing" are tossed around pretty freely. But, this book, which I'm still reading, is thought-changing, mind blowing and is rocking my world in earthquake fashion! A friend turned my on to it last weekend and I can't stop thinking about it. It's like a GPS for your own life journey, stuff that hits a truth that's been hidden, even from yourself. Author Stephen Cope says, "in order to have a fulfilling life you must, in fact, discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self." As you delve in you can't hide anymore! Interesting Article: So money... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Thought Changer
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One of the advantages of being attracted to "shiny objects" is I'm always running into interesting things. Here are few things to ponder, contemplate, be inspired by and do this weekend. Cool Sounds: soundrown - ambient sounds to help you focus and relax. The Waves are my fave. Interesting Interview: I love Tim Ferriss Show Podcast. Here's a good one. With Tara Brach on Overcoming FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Pinterest Board Worth Following: Okay, I must admit I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest. Here's the latest board I'm loving: Book Club - awesome suggestions for getting in some last Summer reads. Also, come join me over there! Me on Pinterest Wonderful Movie: I attended a screening last weekend of the new animated film "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet". This movie is a cinematic treat. Story and gorgeous images put to Gibran's brilliant words. The Moon: this weekend there will be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Thought Changer
Yes, that's true Kelli. Sometimes the choice is not to decide, which in essence is a decision. Totally valid, but hopefully that choice doesn't keep you in a stagnant place of waffle, but rather allows you to move on to something else. :) CYnc: an unending flow of creativity... w:www.cindyyantis.com "What you imagine is but a fraction of what's possible." Get a signature like this: Click here! In CYnc: an unending flow of creativity CindyYantis.com What you can imagine is but a fraction of what's possible.
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