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

Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao is a modern fable that offers creative solutions to modern crises using ancient truths. This offbeat story is told by a modern Taoist struggling to find his way in the 21st Century. As you turn the pages you will find yourself examining your assumptions about sex, medicine, and relationships.

Our journey begins at 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night. Sunday Night Cliffhangers at NTPublishingCompany.com. Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

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Spill Out Into the World

Spill Out Into the World

Excerpt from Robert Grant’s Upcoming New Novel

Yet, here I was making sand angels next to the mother of all sea turtles. Her presence was no accident. If I had learned nothing else from Ch’ing, the one thing he taught me was to pay attention and never assume events are accidental. The Universe gladly delivers the message we most need to hear. All we have to do is pay attention and the way will become clear.

I took a slow deep breath and focused on a pinpoint of light at the still point of my being. It is from this vantage point that I co-create my life with all sentient beings. The stillness radiated outward from my center until I was full of emptiness. Only then did I allow it to spill out into the world around me, because we are all in this together.

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Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

Ancient Beginning

Ancient Beginning

There is a thread running from the beginning of time through the present and forward to the end. Yet it has no beginning and no end. It is known by all, but forgotten by most. Remembrance occurs in a flash and requires no special skill or knowledge. It is both change and changeless. It is here and not here. Know the ancient beginning, but live it now. Tao is but a word that suggests the essence. Truth can only be experienced firsthand.

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Fourteen

Look, it cannot be seen—it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard—it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held—it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Infinity

Infinity

Legend has it there is a path to immortality. Most of us want to believe it is a true path and not a false one. However, if there are immortals among us, they guard their secrets well. Like many others, the Taoist have a tradition that speaks of immortality, but when we read their ancient texts, we see passages that encourage us to do less and permit nature to take its course.

Kevin Akers was a long-time student of Gia-Fu Feng. In this video we posted on YouTube, https://youtu.be/UjjpIIMoVVQ, he teaches a simple Chi Kung exercise that is called the “Infinity Exercise”. Rather than approaching this exercise as something new to learn, we suggest you think of it as a way of letting go of the things that keep you from remembering who you are. With this ritual of relinquishment, you will find the Tao and perhaps extend your days.
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Chapter 48

In the pursuit of learning, something is acquired every day.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is relinquished.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is governed by letting things take their course.
It cannot be governed through interference.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Liberate your Creative Genius

Dear Friends,
 
I will be teaching a creative writing class to young authors (adults are welcome to attend) on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 11am to 12pm. The class is called “Learn how to Brain Dump the First Draft of the Book you Always Wanted to Write”.
 Brainstorm Writing Your First Draft
In his lifetime, Louis L’Amour wrote 89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction. His advice to writers was to “Open the faucet and let the water flow.”
 
Your head is full of great ideas. Do you want to learn how to open the faucet and let your ideas flow? Join author, Robert Grant, for helpful advice on capturing and improving your first rough story ideas at Lebanon Junction branch of the Bullitt County Public Library, located at 11382 Preston Hwy, Lebanon Junction, Kentucky 40150.
 
You can register for the class at: http://www.bcplib.org/writingcontest/index.htm
 
Call the library at 502-833-4648 if you have any questions.
 
If you are unable to attend, send an email request to Robert@NTPublishingCompany.com and I will send you a copy of the Power Point Presentation created for the seminar.
 
Liberate your creative genius
 
Peace out,
Robert

Stillness and Tranquility Restore Order in the Universe

Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe

The practice of sitting or standing like a mountain exists in many spiritual traditions. It can be an integral part of a formal meditation practice or easily adapted to daily life. For example, try standing like a mountain while you wait in line at the grocery store.
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Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:

• A mountain is still and tranquil.
• When you inhale, stretch the crown toward heaven like a mountain peak piercing the clouds and reaching for the stars.
• Sink your root deep into the Earth. There is no separation between the mountain and the Earth. The visible part of a mountain is only a fraction of the whole. Be the Earth.
• Pause a moment before you exhale. Be still.
• When you exhale, pull your core in tight to support and hold the upward stretch.
• Pause a moment before you inhale. Choose tranquility.
• Repeat, but be gently with yourself.
• Observe as order is restored in the Universe.

Forty-five

Great accomplishment seems imperfect,
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.
Great straightness seems twisted.
Great intelligence seems stupid.
Great eloquence seems awkward.
Movement overcomes cold.
Stillness overcomes heat.
Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert