New Book Release – UnderBelly

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the release of Robert’s third book, UnderBelly, which completes the story of Grant Li and Ginny Bardough’s epic battle against Big Pharma over a new medicine that grows wild and free in the rainforest.

Order your copy today for a fast-paced summer read that will keep you turning pages as you relax at water’s edge and work on your tan. Sunscreen not included.

Here is a link to Robert’s author page at Amazon where you can order your copy today.

amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

It’s going to be a great summer, my friends!

Peace out,
Robert

Tao’s Simple Message

Tao’s Simple Message

If I had to distil the message of wise men from across time and culture, it would be “Make Your Own Way”.  If the goal is freedom from ignorance and slavery, then the only path that makes sense is a path you blaze for yourself.

Looking to any authority outside of yourself is simply more of the same.  Tao’s simple message is to make your own way.

Peace out,

Robert

If I had to distil the message of wise men from across time and culture, it would be "Make Your Own Way". If the goal is freedom from ignorance and slavery, then the only path that makes sense is a path you blaze for yourself. Looking to any authority outside of yourself is simply more of the same. Tao's simple message is to make your own way.

 

Style & Grace

Style & Grace

A state of grace follows the direction of our thoughts.

Negative fear-filled thoughts carry us away from grace. Likewise, focusing on a positive goal will carry us to the inevitable manifestation of it. We become our thoughts. Every day we reinvent ourselves with our thoughts.

 

Style and grace are a natural result of accepting full responsibility for our thoughts. No one else is responsible for our thoughts or the circumstances of our lives. No one can control our thoughts except us, although many try to persuade us through mechanisms like advertising, party lines, and dogma. Or, worse yet, they try to control our thoughts with guilt, fear, criticism, judgment, hatred, etc.

It is up to each person to choose. We refuse to blame others. We choose style and grace.

What is your choice?

Peace out,
Robert & Rebecca

Porch Sitting

Porch Sitting

Rebecca and I love sitting on a covered porch on a hot summer evening. This picture was taken on the porch of a tiny house built by Rebecca’s parents to provide shelter when their home is overflowing with visitors. The porch is nearly as big as the house.

I have fond memories from my childhood of porch sitting with the old folks. They talked about life and I listened. It was during these times that they gently shaped me into the man I have become.

We enjoy walking through older neighborhoods filled with southern mansions built with big covered porches. These days they build homes without them. Our next house will have a big wraparound porch that we can sit on and watch thunderstorms roll in from the West.

What is your fondest memory of a covered porch?

Peace out,
Robert & Rebecca

LeatherBack Journal

LeatherBack Journal

NT Publishing Company is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submission of short pieces for publication in the LeatherBack Journal.  The author retains all copyright privileges to the work.  This is an opportunity to get exposure as a writer.  Come join the NT Publishing Company family where we expect each and every one of you to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

Peace out,

Robert & Rebecca

UnderBelly – Upcoming New Book!

Rebecca is working on edits to my new book and my cover designer is hard at work to come up with the perfect book cover.

UnderBelly is the third book in a continuing story. In the first book, Naked Tao, the reader meets Grant Li, a young lawyer with a taste for adventure. When he learns that his big client has developed a dangerous bio-weapon, he sets out to stop them. Along the way, he joins forces with his childhood sweetheart, Ginny Bardough, a total babe. In the second book, Nostrum Conspiracy, Ginny sets out to find her missing father but disappears in the Amazon Rainforest. Grant goes after her. While he is in the forest, he receives an unexpected gift of a rare medicine from a mysterious group of people. In book three, UnderBelly, he and Ginny return home via the underworld with the new medicine. Together, they take on big pharma and a corrupt group of politicians in a high-stakes fight of epic proportions that could shift the balance of power.

I draw on my own adventures and enthusiasm for the unbeaten path to write fast paced novels that take my readers to far off exotic places. It may come as no surprise that I want to be Indiana Jones when I grow up.

Peace out,

Robert

A Gate to Healing Energy

How would you like to learn a simple qigong exercise that will open a gate to healing energy?

Knocking at the Gates of Life – Bamboo Grove Qigong

There is a circle around your waist that is poetically called the Gates of Life.  The term also references an acupuncture point (Ming-Men) located directly opposite of the navel, which was your connection to life in the womb.  This is the center of your body and the location of a sea of healing energy called Dantian (tan t’ien).

Robert Black BackgroundStand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.  Soften all of your joints by allowing them to round slightly.  In other words, don’t lock any of your joints.  Scan your body for tension.  If you find any, relax and let it go.  Tension blocks the flow of energy.  To help release the tension, lift the crown and sink your tail bone.  This will stretch your spine and open the spaces between the spinal discs.

You stand in the center between heaven and earth, relevant and powerful.

Breath deep.  Focus your breath a few inches below your belly button, the “Commander and Chief” of all balanced movement.

Begin to slowly twist at the waist, first to the left and then to the right.  Your feet should remain rooted in the earth, while your upper body moves as a unit, rotating on a central axis around your Dantien.  A classic beginning mistake is to rush your eyes, then your head, ahead of the rest of your upper body.  Relax.  There is no rush.

Imagine your hands are heavy weights dangling from the ends of your arms.  Allow them to swing loosely around your body and alternately tap your kidneys and your belly button.  Let them flop.  Your movement should be effortless.

You will feel energy building in your belly until it finally breaks free like a bursting damn after heavy spring rains.  Allow it to spill out and flow where it will.  Trust your body to send this healing energy where it is needed.

When it is time, you will gradually come to rest.  Stand tall and still for a few more breaths.  Have a moment of gratitude for the healing.

Peace out,

Robert

You can watch a video  of Robert demonstrating Knocking at the Gates of Life by following the link below:

https://youtu.be/p57I6T_PKH4

Make a True and Lasting Connection

You might ask why I write.  Considering I’m a busy lawyer, it’s a good question.  I write in the hopes of making a true and lasting connection with another human being.  As I write, I picture in the mind’s eye, my wife reading the story and laughing in all the right places.

Peace out,

Robert

Make a True and Lasting Connection

A Cup of Kindness

Kindness in the face of adversity speaks volumes about a person’s character.  I for one would love to see the presidential candidates treat each other with more kindness.

cup-of-kindnessThis election displays fundamental weaknesses for the entire world to see.  It is filled with destructive criticism and the filth clings to the candidates like the aftermath of a cafeteria food fight.  Except, it isn’t a food fight.  Instead, it seems more like warfare and war leaves a path of destruction in its wake that could take generations to heal.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer civility to the brutality of criticism any day.  No one ever improves from criticism, because it stunts growth.  Either they fling it back tenfold or forever quit the playing field.

Let’s bring civility back in vogue.  When in doubt, make love, not war.

Peace out,

Robert

 

 

3 Simple Practices Will Get You Exactly What You Want

We have all wished at one point or another for a Genie in a bottle. Just imagine what it would be like to have someone with great power grant you 3 wishes  Wouldn’t that be something!  Since nature is not capricious, your desires can be fulfilled every time, on time, and I’m going to show you how. This is so simple a child can do it.

  1. Step 1: Identify exactly what you want and what it costs.  Everything from the latest and greatest new smart phone to a loving marriage has a price tag.   Once you decide what you want and what it will cost, then make up your mind to pay the price in full, without fail.  That’s all there is to Step 1.  You got this! Now on to Step 2.
  2. Step 2. Everyday work at paying the price for what you want,  even if you don’t feel like it.  There will be days when you are an absolute genius at the work and other days not so much.  That’s okay.  Work at it anyway.  There will be days when you have the energy of ten to put into the work and other days when you feel like you can’t hardly lift a finger.  If all you got on that day is a tiny amount of work in you, then do it and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  How easy is that!  Now on to Step 3.
  3. Step 3.  Believe in yourself and in your work.  Remember the comment about nature not being capricious? That’s important to remember because there might be days when you are tempted to doubt yourself and give up.  Don’t!  If nature gave you a Want, then it also gave you the means to fulfill it.   You can do this.  Trust yourself.  Believe you can and it will be so.

Peace out,

Robert