As I was packing my bag for Tokyo, I noticed that I was packing my “Kathy Matsui” dress, a sheath business dress I purchased in 2002 that emulated the style of the Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan and Chief Japan Equity Strategist. Matsui is someone I’ve long admired for her body of work on […]
“The imposition of physical reluctance upon the self”… gaman (我慢) is one of those Japanese words that doesn’t translate neatly into English. Deeply-ingrained in the Japanese culture from Zen-Buddhist virtues, gaman means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”…in silence. Keeping your private affairs, problems, and complaints silent demonstrates strength and politeness. The idea is you are are rising above poor behavior or difficult […]
Feminism is neither unnecessary or “over”; it is simply evolving… In Japan, it isn’t just about getting more women to return to the workforce, it is about letting them shine in a way that feels powerful, confident, and…authentic.
Southern Californians are so self-absorbed!” Hmm…I hadn’t noticed, I worried. At the Chopra Center, Southern California felt like paradise. And, isn’t it justifiable to be self-absorbed in an introspective, meditative sense? I don’t think that’s what my friend meant, but I continued to ponder this. Fast forward a week. Now in Tokyo…in the pouring rain…without […]
Guru: a teacher who helps us overcome our individual fears.