Life is rich and full. Occasionally, the fullness of life gets to be a bit much. On these occasions it feels good to step back, take a deep breath and empty the vessel.  Rebecca and I are spending the weekend fasting…cleansing mind, body, and spirit of accumulated toxins.

The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used,
but never filled.
-Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
translated by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English
(A new updated version can be obtained at http://www.eheart.com/)

Naked Tao is an advanced mediation practice where Tao is experienced directly.  As wonderful as the old masters’ writings can be, the Tao that can be told is not the true Tao.

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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