Inner Smile

Inner Smile

Someone recently said I was Hunter S. Thompson incarnate. Okay, okay it was my friend Lisa, the founder of the Naked Tao Book Club. Sorry Lisa, they beat it out of me.

I think she intended it to be a compliment. I sure took it that way, since the Gonzo wrote some pretty amazing stuff. However, I’ve always thought he was a bit obsessed with the whole ‘fear and loathing” thing. I’d like to think I’m a positive, upbeat person, but I have to admit that my first book, Naked Tao, is edgy.

Arguably, the protagonist is similar to one of the Gonzo’s characters. He has a pretty steep character arch, but like the protagonist in the amazing movie, Silver Linings Playbook, if you hang in there long enough, his transformation is inspiring.

So, let me get back to the “fear and loathing” thing before I digress too far.

As a Taoist, one of the meditation practices I enjoy is the care and nurture of the inner smile. A real smile radiates from the inside out. It can’t be faked, although I love Laughter Yoga because you do in fact fake it until your laughter magically transforms into the real thing.

Doorway to the Inner Smile

The inner smile is called by many names…contentment, peace, serenity, happiness, joy, etc. When you connect with your inner smile, everything changes in your life. It’s easy to do. You just choose it.

Peace out,

Robert W. Grant

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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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