Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

The world around us is filled with riches beyond our wildest dreams. To be surrounded by great wealth, but feel poor is tragic. We feel poor because we believe those riches belong to someone else, but ownership is a fiction. We never truly own a thing to the exclusion of others.

For example, take that cherry tree growing in your front yard. In the spring, its pink blossoms cast their beauty for anyone who has eyes to see. You don’t own its beauty and you certainly can’t stop others from admiring the blooming tree. Bees gather pollen from its blossoms and carry it to their hive hanging high in your neighbor’s oak tree where they transform it into the sweetest honey. You don’t own the pollen, the bees or their honey though you may gather some for your table.

If you believed the pollen was yours, and yours alone, such that you tried to block the bees’ thievery with poisonous chemicals, you would only succeed in destroying the source of the sweetest thing you ever put in your mouth. Your killing spree has other consequences as well. Without the bees, the pollen will not spread and the tree will eventually stop producing cherries for your Independence Day pies.

No, my friends, you don’t own the cherry tree. Enough is enough.

Chapter 46

When the Tao is present in the universe,
The horses haul manure.
When the Tao is absent from the universe,
War horses are bred outside the city.
There is no greater sin than desire,
No greater curse than discontent,
No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself.
Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com

Peace out,
Robert

How to Live

How to Live

If you want to know a man’s thoughts, pay attention to what’s happening in his life.  A man, who dwells on fearful thoughts, lives his fears.  If he fears death, then death is what he gets.  Focus your thoughts on living and death has no place to enter.  Your life will be full and weaponless.

 

Chapter 50

He who knows how to live can walk abroad

Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.

He will not be wounded in battle.

For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,

Tigers no place to use their claws,

And weapons no place to pierce.

Why is this so?

Because he has no place for death to enter.

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

Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com.

 

Live large my friends,
Robert

The Nostrum Conspiracy by Robert Grant

The Nostrum Conspiracy by Robert Grant

Grant Li discovers the girl he always loved, but ignored for many years, has miraculously survived a vicious attack.  When she disappears once again from his life, he sets out to find her in the vast
The Conspiracy NostrumAmazon Rainforest.  Along the way, he learns of an astounding plant that may cure his mother who was injured years ago in a motorcycle crash.

A young Ginny Bardough first lost Grant, then her father.  Now a mysterious phone call sends her searching the Rainforest to find her father.  Little do they know, there are more dangerous things in the forest than a crocodile or two.  There are forces at play that could cost them everything.

Does Grant find the mysterious plant?  Does Ginny find her father? Do Grant and Ginny find each other?

The Nostrum Conspiracy is the Breakout Second Novel by Robert Grant.  You’re going to love it.

What Others are Saying About The Nostrum Conspiracy:

“Robert Grant is a master story teller…combines nonstop action with a touch of Far Eastern mysticism…” M. Wexler

“You’ve written something special…” D. Bruner.

FOREVER IS TOO LONG

Sari Krosinsky has delivered an epic poem in the spirit of the The Bhagavad Gita. Imagine life from the point of view of a God. Time is not a limit, but loving a mortal has an expiration date. My favorite line is “Forever is too long”. Read A God’s Life today! Robert Grant author of Naked Tao and The Nostrum Conspiracy.

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We are pleased to announce that “Naked Tao” and “The Nostrum Conspiracy” by Robert Grant are now available in ebook form at major retailers, including Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Are there other retailers and formats that you would like to have our books available?

Creative Juice

Creative Juice

The three most powerful words we can speak are: “I am ___,” where we fill in the blank with the third word of our own choosing. We create our lives with this simple incantation. It is a magic spell that works every time, so it is important to be careful how we use it.

BecomeWhatYouWillThere is danger in the careless use of the phrase. For example, saying something like “I am afraid” seems pretty ordinary, but it defines us as being fearful. None of us want to become the thing we fear. It is just as easy to say something like, “I am strong and I will get through this”.

Since you can fill in the blank with any word of your choice, then ask yourself, “What do I want to become?” This is one simple practical application of the creative juice we all have.

Peace out,
Robert

Book Review – Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers

Fellow attorney, Karen A. Wyle, has written the definitive legal reference book for authors, Closest to the Fire   A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers available at Amazon.com.  Whether you are writing the next Closest to the Fire - Karen A. Wylebest selling legal thriller or only have a minor legal component to your story, it is critical you get it right.  Utilizing Karen A. Wyle’s book will insure that your writing is authentic.  As we all know, authenticity can make all the difference in how well your book is received by readers.  I urge you to pick up a copy for your reference library.

The Healing Power of a Grateful Heart

 

Years ago, during a difficult period of my life, I sat in a sweat lodge with a Native American Shaman and listened to his prayers and words of wisdom as sweat poured from me.  Sweat Lodge is a sacred practice of cleansing and reconnection with spirit.  The shaman began with a simple prayer, “Oh Great Spirit, I come to you with a grateful heart and a prayer for those I love.”  This simple prayer sets a tone of gratitude and respect for the power of giving.

Grateful HeartIf we aren’t careful, we sometimes find ourselves thinking too much about the things missing from our lives.  If left unchecked, this pattern of thinking creates a culture of scarcity.  The simple solution is to shift our thoughts to the many things we have to be grateful for.  Focusing on these riches has the power to wipe away all thoughts of scarcity.

Knowing our true measure of wealth makes it much easier to shift our thoughts to the needs of those we love.  There is tremendous healing power in acts of service to those we love.

Peace out,

Robert

Paper or Plastic

Rebecca and I have much in common, but there is one thing we differ on. Rebecca loves the feel of a Phone Readerbook in her hands. She wants to curl up next to the fire and turn pages. Me, well, I love that too, but I also embrace new technology. I think it is amazing that our smartphones can do many things, including carry a small library of eBooks.

Today’s picture is The Nostrum Conspiracy on an Android 6s smartphone.  It is a joy to read a book on this phone, but sadly Rebecca clings to paper.

Our home is full of books. We love them and they spill off the shelves and find themselves in stacks next to the bed, on the coffee table and even on the kitchen counter. I love that, but I also love standing in the grocery line and reading a chapter on my phone.

The 21st century has brought us many wonders and one of them is the choice of paper or plastic. So friends, what do you prefer, eBooks or paper?

Peace out,
Robert