A Change is Gonna Come

Well, yeah, I admit it… I’m totally hooked on Playing for Change videos.

And this week I’m sharing a serious spine tingler. If the performance below of A Change is Gonna Come doesn’t give you chills, then you’re probably flat on a slab in the county morgue.

Plug in your headphones or your ear-buds and check this out…

While we’re on the subject of music, my first CD of original songs is getting close to completion. I had the CD done and test copies manufactured… and then three more songs popped out of the cosmic consciousness and into my old brain. So I decided to redo the CD and add three more compositions.

Stay tuned for more news about this CD.

I’ll turn 65 in January, and on my birthday I’ve pretty much decided to spend the rest of the years of my life only doing things I really want to do… that means creating original music and brain entrainment CDs as well as self-publishing the various novels and stories I’ve written over the years.

Talk about a change of life. Whoa!

I’m beyond ready for this transition from working to pay the bills to playing and creating to pay the bills, and I’m happy to report that I can feel a lot of good energy building up in me as I get closer and closer to January 13, 2013.

Of course, if the world ends or dramatically changes on December 21, 2012, all bets are off!

Kidding about all the 12/21/2012 speculation aside, if you too are thinking about some major changes in life, I hope you’ll use the comment section below to share your thoughts. I hope this blog will become a lot more interactive as I begin to put additional time and effort into making it a place people my age (and all ages for that matter) will want to visit on a regular basis to share thoughts and experiences.

Inner Peace Technique

Today I’d like to share an easy and effective technique you can use to achieve inner peace whenever you want.

First, move to a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and where you feel safe and relatively relaxed.

Now, take a long, deep breath, inhaling slowly and feeling the air flow into your lungs. Hold your breath for a second and then exhale gently and fully. Repeat several times and note how your thinking slows and your body relaxes.

To move into your center, the place of inner peace, gently focus on your legs. Imagine your legs extending down into the earth like large roots, the roots of an ancient white oak tree. See your legs extending down through your feet and into the earth, burrowing deep.

Now, visually secure your roots to the center of the earth in a place that feels right to you.

Gently say to yourself, either aloud or silently, depending on where you are:

“I am grounded to the earth. I feel vital and strong.”

Repeat the phrase and feel the healing earth energy moving up into your roots and flowing up into your entire body, filling every part of your being with inner peace, warmth, and vitality.

Breathe deeply into this healing place and enjoy the waves of inner peace as they flow through your chest and heart.

When you feel absolutely wonderful, take a few quick breaths and return to normal consciousness.

This is a very effective technique, and you can use it whenever you want to turn a lousy day into a beautiful one.

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Fun with Club Soda

It’s a Friday morning in sweltering North Carolina, so I thought to have a little fun with today’s blog entry.

I mean, seriously, you can’t be healthy if you don’t have a little fun once in a while, right?

So, here are a couple of fun things you can do with a bottle of club soda…

  • You can make fluffy pancakes, waffles, and matzah balls if you substitute club soda for the liquid normally used in the recipes!
  • Wanna make a poor man’s lava lamp? Fill a glass with club soda and drop in a couple of raisins. The carbonation will cause the raisins to repeatedly bob to the surface and then sink again.

Never drink soft drinks because they’re full of sugar and additives and Lord knows what else.

  • If you miss soft drinks, try adding a little club soda to freshly squeezed or extracted fruit juice for a low-cost and healthier beverage.

Finally, a tip from my childhood when we were very poor.

We never could afford bubble bath products, so Ma used to serve a big pot of baked beans for Saturday evening dinner.

That way we children had Saturday night bubble baths every week of the year, just like the Vanderbilts.

If you have a fun thing to do, tell us about it right now, why don’t you? 🙂

Health Joke

I haven’t shared any health jokes here on my blog, so it’s past time to remedy that situation. Here’s a joke from the natural health circus that should put a grin on your face…

A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch.

“I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look,” she said. “What’s your secret for such a long, happy life?”

“I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said. “I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat the fattiest foods I can find, and never exercise.”

“That’s amazing,” the woman said. “How old are you?”

He thought for a moment and then replied, “Twenty-six.”

Positive Attitude Tips

If you’re like me you’d like to maintain a positive attitude about life — but you find it hard to do because you’re freaked out on a regular basis by all the negativity in the world.

I mean, seriously, I have to stay awake and conscious almost every second of my life to try to overcome my own negative thoughts. With all the bad news in the world, it’s just plain tough to hold a 100% positive attitude.

Well, more than 100 years ago, Robert Louis Stevenson offered some excellent tips for maintaining a positive attitude, tips that are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them…


  • Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  • Make the best of your circumstances. Everyone has problems. The trick is to make laughter outweigh the tears.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall others.
  • You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
  • Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
  • Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.
  • Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary burdens are harder to bear than the actual ones.
  • Hate poisons the soul, so don’t carry grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  • Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.
  • Don’t hold post-mortems. Don’t spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
  • Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  • Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Don’t just gloss over these tips. Write them down or, even better, print a copy of these techniques and start putting them to work in your life.

You can have a positive attitude… but you’ll have to work at it!

Junk Food Alternatives

Do you put more money in the candy machine than your saving account each week?

If you’re like most people, you’d not even aware of how much money you’re spending on junk food snacks every week of your life.

Want to try an interesting junk food experiment?

Keep a written log for one week and write down every penny you devote to non-meal foods. You’ll be stunned after seven days to see how much of your hard-earned cash is going out for sugar-filled soft drinks, candy bars, potato and corn chips, and crap “food” that has little or no nutritional value.

If you want to snack, and most people do these days, give some thought to these healthy alternatives to junk food:

  • Snack on organic raisins
  • Snack on dates with an almond stuffed inside
  • Snack on other dried fruits
  • Snack on hard boiled eggs
  • Snack on King Oscar sardines

If you’re watching your weight or if you’re diabetic or have sugar-related health issues, include in your bag of healthy snacks some celery and carrot sticks and intermix bites of dried fruit with bites of veggie sticks.

Or, even better, stick with the hard boiled eggs and/or sardines.

If you snack on health foods, you’ll save money and feel a whole lot better than you’ll feel if you continue to consume convention junk.

Five Health Tips

Today I’d like to share five easy health tips you can put to work in your life, no matter how busy you are.

  1. To improve your digestion, try food combining. For example, do not eat starches, sugar, or sweet fruits such as raisins, dates, and figs with meats. Food combining doesn’t work well for everyone, but for those for whom it does work, the results are quick and significant. Click here for an excellent article that contains more information about food combining.
  2. Avoid fried foods. Yes, I’m sorry, but just say no to Kentucky Fried Chicken, French fries, and all the other great-tasting stuff that comes out of a vat of boiling fat.
  3. Drink the purest water you can get. If your local water company is dumping chlorine, fluoride, and God only knows what else into the water for “your protection,” you must purchase a good water filter. Be sure that it meets California certification standards.
  4. Do not eat late at night. Even better, don’t eat anything at all once you’ve pushed away from the table after your evening meal.
  5. Take a good brisk walk every day. While you’re moving those old legs of yours and swinging your arms, take plenty 0f deep breaths. Morning walks are best for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you’ll probably be too busy at the end of the day.

These tips are easy to implement, so give them a try, please.

You’ll be happy with the results.

How to be More Compassionate

With all the problems happening in Japan as I write these words, I think it’s important to get out of ourselves and feel as compassionate as possible for those who make our daily struggles seem trivial.

With that thought in mind, I’d like to share a method from Harry Palmer’s fascinating book, Resurfacing: Techniques for Exploring Consciousness.

One of Palmer’s important insights in his book is that being honest with one’s self leads to compassion for others.

So let’s use that insight to learn how to be more compassionate.

Here we go, step by step…

To Increase the amount of compassion in the world.

Expected Result
Increase in understanding and a personal sense of peace.

This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (malls, restaurants,airports, events, beaches, etc.). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, and from some distance.

Try to do all five steps on the same person.


  1. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for (his or her) life.”
  2. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in (his or her) life.”
  3. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and despair.”
  4. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fill (his or her) needs.”
  5. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is learning about life.”

Try this exercise in compassion because I guarantee you’ll like the way you feel after doing it. 🙂

Anxiety Relief Tip

Living in this crazy, hectic world causes anxiety in most of us on a regular basis.

Well, today I’m sharing a neat little anxiety relief tip that’ll calm you down in a hurry.

The next time you’re feeling anxious or freaking out about something, all you have to do is…


Yeah, I know that this sounds too easy to work, but you’re wrong about that.

Instead of dismissing the tip as too simplistic, the next time you’re frying yourself with anxiety or panic, take a long, slow, deep breath and simultaneously shout silently to yourself, “Switch now!” Doing this will cause your brain and emotions to switch to a different perspective, one more positive and calm.

By the time you’ve finished inhaling, your anxiety should be notably reduced, if not completely gone.

With consistent practice, this anxiety relief technique provides amazing results so be sure to give it a try, eh?