Curiously Musing: Welcome to My Blog

Curiously Musing is inspiration to search deeply within for who you are, and to build courage to bring your authentic self to the forefront of your life and your work. This blog integrates ancient philosophy with current research and best practices to facilitate your understanding of how to make personal, relationship and workplace restorative changes designed to increase your overall meaning and purpose of being.

Dr. Cynthia Hardwick is the Trusted Leadership Advisor, Consulting & Licensed Psychologist, and ICF Credentialed Coach who brings you almost 40 years experience in individual, interpersonal and group dynamics and change. She is known for her nonjudgmental approach, intuitive bent, and gift for ideation.

Learn more about Cindy at CynthiaHardwick.com
Follow her on InstagramTwitter,  LinkedIn and Facebook.


Validation is an essential communication tool that let's others know that you see, hear, and/or know them and that you truly get it from their frame of reference.

Validation is Essential to Effective Relationships: Everyone Wants to be Seen & Heard

Validation is not just something to give to others. It is also important to validate your own inner self. Validation is a method for deep understanding. It can let others know you get it from their frame of reference. This requires that you truly see, hear and/or deeply know who and what you are trying to Read more about Validation is Essential to Effective Relationships: Everyone Wants to be Seen & Heard[…]

Pausing to reflect can increase you vision and perspective with which to set a more effective intention.

Pause to Check your Intention to Improve Its Power and Effectiveness

Fuel your intention with a powerful energy. The energy fueling your intention can be more powerful than the intention itself. Do you recall the old adage about the road paved with good intentions? Where that road eventually leads can be determined by the energy fueling the intention. At the base of your intention, if you Read more about Pause to Check your Intention to Improve Its Power and Effectiveness[…]

create the story

Create the Story You Want to Live: Things to Know, Do, And Remember

You have the power to create the story you want to live. Whether you are an individual, an entire society, or something inbetween, your story is a lived and told narrative that informs you and others of something about who you are and are not. You are the one who writes, tells and lives that story. Here Read more about Create the Story You Want to Live: Things to Know, Do, And Remember[…]

Notice & Engage With Kindness

Notice the Energy Shift When You Engage with Kindness of Presence

On that windy and frigid Manhattan evening, folks in the theater line were pre-occupied with simply staying warm. No one seemed to notice a young sidewalk musician as he shivered in the cold. You could barely hear him singing above the murmur of the crowd. However, when the singer began an old Beatles tune, “Let Read more about Notice the Energy Shift When You Engage with Kindness of Presence[…]

Communication With Tolerance Allows For Emergence of Meaningful Solutions

Communication occurs nonverbally even in silence because it is impossible to not communicate.  But a culture of silence is costly and erodes relationships. Even in dialogue, it is easy to be impatient and indignant with views that oppose your own. Well-intended communication can be easily misunderstood. If you want folks to talk with any hope of Read more about Communication With Tolerance Allows For Emergence of Meaningful Solutions[…]

It’s Not About You: Learn to Quiet Your Ego

Hearing someone say, “it’s not about you,” is a sure sign your ego has gotten in the way. “Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all…. It’s not about you….Silence your ego and your power will rise.”  The Ancient One in the film, Dr. Strange. Unfortunately everyone needs ego to Read more about It’s Not About You: Learn to Quiet Your Ego[…]

Who Are You Beyond Your Ego? Hold Space for the Authentic Self

What is the true or authentic self and who are you beyond your ego?  The true you is connected with the spirit of you — many call this your soul.   Mindfulness is one way to create and hold space for this truth of you.    Remember that mindfulness is the practice of being fully Read more about Who Are You Beyond Your Ego? Hold Space for the Authentic Self[…]

Appreciation Boosts Engagement When Expressed with Heartfelt Gratitude

Heartfelt expression of appreciation boosts engagement with others.  It improves both climate and culture of those around you by building trust and cultivating benevolence. When gratitude is given sincerely with love and kindness, it can neutralize and transform negative energy. Gratitude is inspirational.  It is the gift that keeps on giving — it invites re-gifting to Read more about Appreciation Boosts Engagement When Expressed with Heartfelt Gratitude[…]

Be Intentional About Your Energy Today

Energy makes a difference. It can connect or separate us. It makes sense to be intentional about your use your energy. Even one person can change the energy around them, positively or negatively.  Energy can connect us or separate us. When you draw on the energy of love, such as compassion, generosity, and appreciation, you can Read more about Be Intentional About Your Energy Today[…]

Seven Easy Ways To A Mindful Mindset In Any Circumstance

In distressful times, it can be especially helpful to rest in moments of inner peace.  Here are seven easy ways to create a mindful mindset, no matter how dire your circumstances. First ground yourself by counting five things you see, four things you hear, three things you feel, two things you smell, and one thing Read more about Seven Easy Ways To A Mindful Mindset In Any Circumstance[…]