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need a boost? check out this new happiness book!

I knew to expect great things from this book after reading Diane’s “The True Nature of Energy: Transforming Anxiety into Tranquility.” Like that book, “The Happiness Perspective” is chock full of ideas, tools and exercises for living a well-examined life. “The Happiness Perspective” begs time to sit and reflect, so you can gain the perspective-shift […]

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Book Giveaway Starting April 12!

Goodreads Book Giveaway Mennonite on the Edge by Cynthia Yoder Giveaway ends April 19, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

I’ve been thinking lately about these words by Franklin D. Roosevelt. He spoke them in 1933, during the Great Depression. “This great Nation,” he said, “will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear […]

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Stuck on What to Write on Social Media? These 3 Tips Make it Easy

Complaints about writing for social media can sound very much like the complaints we made in school about writing our papers. “It’s so hard to know what to write,” and “I don’t have time for this.” But social media can be fun, not work, if you come at it from a different angle. Remember these tips, and you’ll be […]

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Are you getting stuck in your writing project?

As I write, I am constantly looking for inspiration and tips for good writing. I now share what I find on Facebook, on my new author page. Are you writing a blog or a book or social media content and need inspiration? Need to get unstuck? Come say hi, tell me about your writing project, your challenge, […]

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The Unexpected Thrill of Reading My Friend’s Horror Book

My friend Diane asked me to tell her what I thought about her new book of stories, Trips to the Edge. “Sure,” I said, always up for a good read. But then she told me it was a book of “horror” stories. Ugh, I thought. Not my genre. I told her so. “But they’re not slasher or anything,” she argued. […]

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Moving and Changing with Your Life Purpose

  I always get jazzed when I see people following their purpose. I guess it’s why I got into purpose coaching. Until I hung out that shingle, I was helping friends with press releases to advertise their art shows, their small businesses, their healing practice. And even though they would pay me for my services, […]

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listen to that still small voice

We all have signposts to show us the way through the journey of our lives. A signpost may be a friend lovingly sharing his or her perspective with you. It may be a mentor guiding you through your next step. It may be a recurring thought that you can’t seem to block out. And it may […]

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beach chairs, gratitude and taking stock of what’s working

I don’t like letting go of summer. I wish I could hold onto the long days of sunlight and the 70 degree waves at the beach. I will keep my beach chair and towel by my front door for a while. Just in case I can squeeze out a little more summer.   But autumn […]

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Simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety and regain a peace of mind

On my laptop, I often put little notes to remind me of things. They go from the mundane “call for pediatric appointment” to the more pointed, “find mirrors of a peaceful state.” It differs, depending on the day.  But this last one, “find mirrors of a peaceful state,” was there on a hot pink post-it […]

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Let go of your strain and worry with these easy meditation exercises

Do you ever feel so stressed or anxious you find it hard to focus? Do you get distracted by worry?  Meditation can physically break the connections in your brain that make you reactive and fearful. I discovered meditation in my twenties, when I was trying to deal with my own anxiety and stress. Once I […]

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Do you feel abundant today?

What would it feel like to have enough time, money, love, good health, friends who adore you…Does it feel like that now?  I’ve been watching my tendency to feel that time is lacking. I know it’s just an inner story, but LOOK, I say. Look how the day went! Flash! It’s gone! Recently, I wrote […]

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The alchemy in writing memoir

(Excerpted from my book-in-progress.)           Writing is like alchemy. You introduce the chemicals of awareness and the muse. Once you begin to write a story from your memory, the memory is changed. The experience itself will never appear the same in your mind. Because now there is a third. It is not […]

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keep exploring your purpose, whether it’s a profession or not!

 I have adopted the “bear” approach to this winter by keeping myself warm and cozy indoors. Hibernation mode has led me to read some awesome books, including Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, about her life with Robert Maplethorpe. Awesome writing & a pretty fertile, creative relationship to write about.   After the book was published […]

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Honor the Process as You Discover and Unfold Your Purpose (Excerpt from Divine Purpose)

(Excerpt from section 5: Honor the Process) It is important in considering your purpose that you don’t judge your life. It is easy to feel “off track” if you have followed a path you feel is off-purpose. Truthfully, purpose is an unfolding. It unfolds from where you are, right now. It has been unfolding since […]

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The True Nature of Energy — Previewing a New Book by Diane Wing

The True Nature of Energy is an intelligent guide to the world as a vibratory place. Diane Wing walks you through your relationships, the places you visit and live in, your thought patterns and intentions, and the objects you collect and hold onto. Each of these arenas carry a vibration that may impact you. A […]

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Get Your Passion Stirring (And How to Get Yourself Past Your Edge)

I loved the people I met on my first book tour. After a reading, people would come up and tell me how they felt I wrote their story. Or how the grandparents I had collected stories from were just like their grandparents or parents. But there were other comments, too, ones that eventually got me […]

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Tend your body and soul despite what your inner judge says

Are you one of those people who find it easier to take care of others but often forget to  take care you? You’re ready to help a friend with their project, or give them a massage or lend a listening ear, but you don’t seek out that kind of help for yourself? I hate to […]

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Eight Things I Learned from Sandy (by Candlelight)

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks! Even if you are not in New Jersey, you must feel the impact of a disaster like Sandy. I feel it’s a good time to count my blessings, and send love and resources to those who did not fare so well. I  go back to my roots […]

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Following my greatest passion, one word at a time

One of my greatest passions is writing. I love to bring ideas and images to life on the page (or the laptop, as the case may be!) When I began to work with people on focusing their purpose, the creative process leaped from the page into “real” life. Suddenly, I was seeing how the creative […]

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Sound Healing for a New Outlook

People who do visioning with me, with the help of a drum, have experienced all sorts of visions to help them on their path. Others have felt energy moving in their shoulders, stomach, back, brain,  legs, feet.  People often wonder what is happening –and if it’s normal. What is “sound healing?” Across cultures and time, […]

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Tom Furda, Equity Research Sales

I sought to work with Cynthia in order to find greater satisfaction with my professional life. Which ultimately feeds through to many other aspects of life. The work we did together was about discovery and opening up my mind and thinking outside of the box. This was helpful in understanding myself and what motivates me in […]

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Dani Antman, Healer, Counselor and Interfaith Minister

The stories that you create come from a deep archetypal world that you tap into that allows people to see their struggles in a metaphorical and lyrical form. The stories reveal a magical solution that is made possible only through the revelation of Essential Self, which is what we are all really looking for in […]

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Barbara Fox-Cooper

“When I called Cynthia, there were three strong directions in my work that I could have moved in.  I had difficulty focusing on any one in particular—I was stumped.  Cynthia helped me determine which direction could most positively serve me and what first step would get me moving in that direction.  It became clear by […]

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Kerry H, Educator

“With Cynthia’s help, I have learned to make decisions that are more aligned with my highest self and my greater purpose. Her coaching and sound healing have been invaluable to my growth and spiritual development.   Cynthia has helped me to face the challenges in my life with greater awareness and a connection to my own inner voice. She […]

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Pat Czeto, Breath Therapist

I read about Cynthia’s use of music and sacred chant as a healing art. I was anxious to try it myself and to experience firsthand the healing power of drumming and chanting. I wanted to use music and sound vibration in my energy practice. Cynthia’s attendance and calm demeanor created a safe place for deep inquiry […]

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Brian Critchley, Owner, Om Central Jersey Massage and Yoga

“When I made my appointment for a session with Cynthia I felt like I needed clarification about my direction in life. While I felt like I’d made significant professional and personal progress over the past several years I was searching for perspective that could help me make sense of it all. From the outset, Cynthia made me […]

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Where insight comes from

Insight isn’t a topic that you discuss a lot at family reunions, holiday parties or over the water cooler at work. Yet we need it to guide us in everyday choices and the Big Decisions we make about our life trajectory. When I first began to understand what insight was and how I came upon […]

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Deadra Ashton

I came to Cynthia originally for help with discerning a call. Cynthia’s work with me helped me clear out emotional blocks and helped me see how I hold them in my body. It helped me to affirm and clarify my path. Now I am clear enough to work with other people and help people find clarity themselves.

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Embrace Your Purpose–Because You Can!

In July, my family traveled to Kenya and Tanzania in a family history tour (my husband’s missionary side) and safari. It was an incredible journey of contrasts. There was the extreme beauty of lush farm and grasslands  and the extreme poverty of streets full of tin-shacks in the city of Nairobi. We heard stories of […]

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Heart Meditation

This meditation is very good for the physical heart and brings a sense of relaxation and well-being. Breathe deeply into the belly and into the chest, and let out a sigh. This helps you relax the body-mind and release stress. Letting out a sigh relaxes you faster! Do this three times. Now imagine that in […]

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One Year to Purpose — a former marketing manager gives himself one year to get "on purpose"

How a former marketing manager took a leap to follow his purpose with only an “unanswered question” guiding his steps. Brian Critchley was on vacation in Cape Cod, when he had the “aha” that would lead him on a path away from his 40-hour position as a marketing manager toward owning his own practice in […]

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tools for sensitive people #1

A friend posed this question (or a version of it!): how do you live with freedom and confidence, when those around you seem harsh, or out of touch? You may be sensitive, artistic, or philosophical. There is a thin veil between you and your world, between you and other people. It makes you naturally open to […]

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Family dymamics–new ways to shift old patterns

You’re sitting around the table, or you’re talking on the phone, and the old family patterns are right there, repeating themselves again and again. You wish you could escape them, but they keep reappearing like the proverbial fruit cake. Can you relate? I know from working with people on this–and personal experience –that it is not always easy to escape […]

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Finding Soul on Green Suburban Grass

The brown leaves are crumpled like fortune cookies across the long green grass. On this green patch of my neighborhood, no one mows because it is meant to be a bit of wild, a bit of no-footprint greenery that happens to lie between the mcmansions and the old town houses. Deer often appear in this […]

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A tiny stone talks about stillness

Every once in a while, a story pops out of nowhere. This is just that kind of story. In the beginning of time, before there were houses or people or pancakes, there was a small stone that lived at the bottom of a creek bed. This stone had no language or thought, but it did […]

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Who Am I?

I asked the wind, Who am I? And the wind said, Whoooooo? I asked the sea, Where to do I find comfort? And the sea said, Shhhhhhhh. I asked the earth, What way should I go? And the earth was very still. I asked the fire, What am I here to do? And the fire […]

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Finding Freedom in the New Year

I have been contemplating suffering recently, prompted by my 13-year-old son expressing poignant feelings about the world’s suffering. As if by answer, in our local Border’s Bookstore’s going out of business sale, I found a Krishnamurti book on the nature of suffering titled, “Freedom From the Known.” In this book, Krishnamurti, a spiritual teacher from […]

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Divine Purpose: Find the Passion Within

If you are looking for meaning in life and in your work, Divine Purpose: Find the Passion Within, is hot off the press for you! I wrote this book to help guide you in finding meaning in work and in life. It has reflections as well as exercises and journal pages to help you work […]

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Life is All Perception

The other day, my husband and I were driving through Mercer County Park, a large 200-some acre park where you can often find deer grazing in the grass in late afternoon. I joke that it is our suburban safari. My husband and I drove about ten feet from a couple of deer, who didn’t seem […]

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Remembering a Teacher

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of dear friend and teacher, David La Chapelle. Here is a story that wanted to be written for him. There was once a boy who lived at the edge of the forest. He lived there so that every night, he could go out and look a the […]

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Overcoming Fear

Fear is a topic I can speak about with a certain amount of first-hand knowledge! I have had to overcome many fears in leaving my Mennonite community, in loving friends and family well and with honesty, in having a more public life as a writer and speaker. I often have to get out my swords […]

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Speak Worlds Into Being

Dear friends, In every conversation and interaction, an opportunity is available to create a new world. The words and the energy we put behind our words directly impacts our body and our world. If we put positive energy behind our words, then positive energy is being vibrated through our vocal chords and through our body […]

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Express Yourself!

Sometimes a passion has to go underground before it is reborn. Just as the bulbs that stay underground in winter give birth to new life in the spring, so it is with what we long to express. I can’t say why this is true. But after observing my clients and my friends and the people […]

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The Heart Knows More

Going through some old files to create room for new ones, I found this writing that will eventually be part of a book of writings about living with intention and purpose. I wanted to share it with you today. The voice is instructional, spoken from a place of meditation on the Greater Realm within. Do […]

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Ask and You Will Receive

One of the greatest spiritual principles ever spoken, I believe, is “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened.” These words were attributed to Jesus of Nazareth. While this principle is often quoted as a way to manifest material wealth, the words are most true when […]

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The Power of the Mind

Spring has a lot going for it. The sun is more present, the birds are more chirpy, the leaves are so tenderly green. It is a season of growth and gain. There is the old adage, that what you focus on grows. Imagine if you could focus on a flower so much, that it could […]

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