Black Belt for the Soul Tip: “Forget what you know and remember what you have forgotten.”
In the words of Albert Einstein, ” If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Einstein
FunZen Find: When I heard Brian Grazer say to Oprah “Turn curiosity into a discipline and habit.”
I was profoundly curious and wanted to hear and learn more…
Curiosity definition, the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness…
“Curiosity is a vital storytelling tool—and storytelling is the best way to engage and persuade other people, in your work and your personal life…Curiosity is a fantastic source of courage.”
Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman –Six Kinds of Curiosity: And How You Can Use Them to Change Your Life – See more at…
“ I think of beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement.” Zenkei Blanche Hartman read more
Takeaway: There is a FunZen Kid inside of everyone. Simply put, the original movie “The Karate Kid” released in 1984 shares pivotal life lessons like emotional resilience, e.g. Life will knock you down, we can choose to be a worrier or get back up and be a warrior.
I like to say, “The Karate Kid meets The FunZen Kid”,
reminding us to honor the secret to training for excellence is found in the zen element or spiritual side of the martial arts.
Check out our newest book for Parents and Kids of all ages.
The Worrier and the Warrior – A Fun Zen Kid Life Lesson
Ryan learns something new and life-changing from Cupcakes at the FunZen bakery
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Mindful Mother and Daughter – Jill and Elle Mathews (FunZen Girls)
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“We can’t expect our children to be something that we aren’t willing to be ourselves.” Dr. Shefali Tsabary-
Are you a worrier or a warrior?
Foreword by Machel Shull
The FunZen Kid’s A-Z Life Lessons to Shift From A Worrier to a Warrior Filled with fanciful illustrations by Elle Mathews and written in prose easy for children to understand, yet with enough depth and wisdom for adults, see note to parents, this is an interactive book of important, easy to digest instructions and exercises.
The FunZen Kid A simple story about a girl named Ryan which aims to show children how easy it can be to cope with the rigors of growing up if they use
As a big Thank you for your support! Must See FREE eBOOK (The FunZen Kid) Grace wrote it and I sprinkled (pixie power),
a little zen wisdom here and there. ♡♡♡
Check out the mesmerizing story of my great grandparents, Zen Odyssey: The Story of Sokei-an, Ruth Fuller Sasaki,
and the Birth of Zen in America by Janica Anderson, Steven Zahavi Schwartz
To my two Zen friends, Michiko and Grace, and the wonderful FunZen world they embrace.
Always, Sifu, Pat Strong, Bruce Lee’s student, Co-author of Zen In The Martial Arts with Joe Hyams
“Some children’s books get a bad rap for being narrowly moralistic. You won’t find that in Michiko and Grace Rolek’s work. Their books are uniquely enigmatic… More than anything, they inspire budding minds to think in ways that will free them from many of life’s dark and angst-ridden trenches. These are lifelong books that reveal more with each read – and there’s plenty for parents to glean, too.”
Caleb Melby, Author of “The Zen of Steve Jobs”
Dear Michiko. I love what you are doing to help people be warriors, not worriers. What a difference this makes. We either transcend fear and doubt and stress… or we transmit it. Keep up the great work!
John J. Murphy, Author of “Zentrepreneur: Get Out of the Way and Lead”
“The FunZen Kid: A-Z Life Lessons to Shift from a Worrier to a Warrior should be given to students of all ages, but especially those that are still in school. Michiko and Grace Rolek’s book is a treasure of inspiring Zen wisdom that is a fantastic reminder to all of us that with the right point of view we can transform our fears into blessings.”
-Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to get Moving and get Happy” –
Mental Fitness Foreword by Leonard Cohen
A practical handbook for mind and body fitness with simple instructions on breathing, posture, and relaxation which can be done anywhere, at any time.
“…We spend so much time chasing our blessings, we forget to use the one we have. In Mental Fitness, Michiko Rolek teaches us how to use what we have in order to achieve more of what we want. What a blessing!”
“In a sea of self-help word play and abstract concepts , it’s a pleasure to find Mental Fitness, Michiko Rolek’s mind-body manual covering practical basics of breath and attention to help us stay centered and grounded in a challenged world.”-Dan Millman – Author of Everyday Enlightenment and Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Creative Compass w/daughter, Sierra Prasada
“What a delightful book Michiko Rolek has written. It is so very important to breathe every day! Thank you for helping me to simplify my life in a joyful way.”
“Mental Fitness is a highly useful guide to inner peace. I’ve read it, love it and highly recommend it.”
Richard Carlson – Author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Dr. Michael Beckwith – Founder & Senior Minister, Agape International Center of Truth
“I so appreciate the wisdom conveyed by Michiko & Grace Rolek’s ‘”Ryan, The FunZen Kid. My personal study of this transformational thinking didn’t occur until adulthood. How blessed it is to have a simple and clear guide to help young minds begin the journey of enlightenment at an age where the tangle of negativity is not too thick! ‘”Ryan, The FunZen Kid’” is a wonderful introduction to the principles of Zen teachings, with stories told in an entertaining and accessible way.”
Wendy Winks, Executive Director, Rock School Scholarship Fund – “We Help Kids Rock!”