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.
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.
Robert W. Grant