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,


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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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