Present Moment Wellness

As I sit here writing this post, I would like to model an approach to wellness in the present moment. I am not looking back at 2016 and I am not looking forward at 2017. I am sitting in my office chair writing a message of wellness to all those who take the time to read my posts. It is so easy to be distracted by the past or the future. These distractions reduce the energy we have available in the present moment to engage in whatever wellness practice that we may choose. I consider writing these blog posts as a form of wellness practice. I am here in the present moment writing a post. read more

Wellness and a Sense of Humor

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I know I have commented on the importance of humor and laughter over the past couple years as I have written this blog. I am inspired to reiterate what I hope is obvious to many. Human culture has been grounded in drama and comedy from the beginning of recorded history. Though it is difficult to appreciate the larger perspective on many events while we are in the middle of the experience, it is incredibly beneficial to have a practice whereby we take a step away and look from a larger and higher vantage. read more

How to Choose Foods That Promote Wellness

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Have you seen the articles pushing back and forth against the notion that sugar is good or bad for you? Or butter? Or bacon? Etc… This is the case with all food and dietary science reporting. You will never find information that is definitive in one direction or another as long as there are biased research studies that are paid for by the industry that supplies the product that is being studied. As a result, I always look to the wisdom of my body to answer questions about what I really need or do not need. Let me share an example: read more

I am no expert.

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Sharing ideas about wellness has become one of my favorite pastimes. Next to playing guitar. Over the last two and a half years I have written this blog to present information that I find valuable. Most of the time, I talk about what I know. These ideas and practices are just what I have found to work for me. The sharing is intended to suggest to anyone who is interested, that it is possible to develop and design a personal wellness practice. It is not intended to tell anyone else how to do anything. I am no expert. read more

Thought for the Day

I was sitting eating breakfast and I had decided to cut a grapefruit into sections, the way my mom used to do when I was a child. I hadn’t done this for who knows how long. It took me back into my young mind and I realized something. When I was a little boy, full of life, I came to an awareness of death and that all of this joy was impermanent. This really seemed totally unfair to me at the time. In a way, most of my life was spent seeking a way to resolve this injustice. I think part of my attraction to drugs was the impression that I was maximizing the “joy” of the moment in the face of that impermanence. Over the years I came to the understanding, mostly through what I have learned from so many sources like Buddhism and the like, is that the impermanence is illusion in the same way that permanence is illusion. When I am connected to the Source, as we have discussed frequently, I realize that the illusion of time and space are simply a kind of dream state. Once we are able to “awaken” from this dream, we can experience the true nature of this existence, which falls into the Tao or void that is found between the dark and the light. read more