What Is the Twenty Second Smile?

Posted On Oct 11 2017 by

The Twenty Second Smile was published today.  Early readers find it fun, playful, and filled with wisdom. I included every idea, insight, tip, and Zen trick I could think of that has been helpful to me in my life and it’s what I have been teaching my clients over the last four decades.  They’ve been tested.   It has everything I know that works really well. The subtitle for the book is Plus 97 More Engagingly Playful Strategies to Help You Be Happy, Wild, and Free.  That’s it.  98 chapters, each exactly 50 words long.  Each has its own illustration.  The …


Drinking a Bowl of Green I Stopped the War

Posted On Jun 14 2017 by

Most of my clients and my loved ones are suffering from Donald Trump’s predations, an internal war.  People find it hard not to get caught in the swirl of lies, unfairness, and  general meanness.  People have to scratch the itch asking: What’s happening?  What’s he done?  What have they done? “Freaking out” we used to call it. Quit it. Drinking a bowl of green tea, I stopped the war.  Paul Reps published this in his sweetly potent book, Zen Telegrams that he wrote it during the Vietnam War.  I read it in my 20s .  It changed my life.  And …


Relax, You’re Going to Die

Posted On Oct 9 2013 by

Today’s Oracle My software angels choose this oracle quote for you today:  217) From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone. — Alice Walker Nov. 5, 2008 in a letter to Barak Obama. You can use my Potent …


Drink Coffee – Talk to God

Posted On Jan 25 2012 by

Drink coffee.  Talk to God.  Tend your own garden.  Live a good life.  Serve.  I recommend you try this simple practice my friend and fellow member of yours, Brian Steiner shared with me.   Every solstice and equinox, Brian and I talk a walk, share nature, and talk.  This season, he told me about his morning coffee and affirmation practice.  Here’s what Brian says –  My coffee and affirmation practice has become very important to me.  I do it in the mornings.  I grab a cup of coffee (organic French Roast in my case), and sit in my rear yard.  I have my …


Do You Have the Patience?

Posted On Sep 5 2011 by

My 30 year old daughter, Sasha, wants to go to WashingtonStateUniversity and devour zoology.  Cool! She has been living on the edge for a couple of years with her work at the University  of Washington.  She manages the finances of around 30 revolving grants research grants there.  The group has been at risk of losing its funding for the last two years.  They keep warning her the grant money and hence her job may run out in two months.  This has gone on for a couple of years. A stressful life of uncertainty. Recently, she was told again that the …


Role Models for Deep Wealth

Posted On Jul 28 2009 by

  I have a couple of role models that inspire me. They are my ideal in Deep Wealth.  See how they inspire you.       First is this Zen master.  Dig the poem that goes with it.   I’ll translate the lovely calligraphy —   His life is not poor He has riches beyond measure Pointing at the moon, gazing at the moon This old guest follows the way.   The other role model is Winnie the Pooh – the cartoon below – Wasted and Useful Lives summarizes the magic.         Have You Watched This Yet? …