• Daily Grateful: Focus, Music, Longevity

    March 7, 2014 This holocaust survivor talks about the importance of living.  Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: We Are All Connected – E. Whitacre’s Amazing Virtual Chorus

    January 30, 2014 “185 voices. 243 tracks. 12 countries. A choir unlike any other. What started as a simple social media experiment, has become a poetic metaphor of our shared humanity and the power of connection. Acclaimed composer and conductor Eric Whitacre offered the sheet music of his original composition, “Lux Aurumque”, as a free download and invited singers to submit a video of themselves performing one part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). These rather ordinary videos of solo performances were then pieced together to form a choir of singers who have never met each other…but have unwittingly created music

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  • Daily Grateful: Sewing the Seeds of Love

    January 19, 2014 This quote reminds me of how compassion and giving makes the compassionate giver feel as least as good as the one on the receiving end. It also reminded me of the incredibly cool pop song by Tears for Fears–remember them? 😉 (below). Tears for Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love by Celtiemama Lyrics: High time we made a stand & shook up the views of the common man And the love train rides from coast to coast DJ’s the man we love the most Could you be, could you be squeaky clean And smash any hope of

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  • Daily Grateful: A Visual and Aural Feast

    January 15, 2014 First, I just wanted to say that I’m a visual person: I love graphics, I love pictures, I love movies. I see art, literally, everywhere! The Buddha you see to the right was a bronze statue at my good friend’s house (thanks, Carol!) and I had to mess around with it. (Click here to see the original.) A Visual and Aural Feast, Indeed. So when I saw some amazing pictures from a Russian photographer earlier today (below), I had to share them. They’re absolutely brilliant. I also love music, and because I think the two senses go so

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  • Daily Grateful – Happy

    January 14, 2014 This will make you smile. It might even make you happy for a few moments! 🙂 Turn it up and make some room. (to my best friends: you make me happy…)

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  • Daily Grateful: Mandela Tribute – Flash Mob

    December 15, 2013 A final, moving goodbye to one of the greatest men of our century with the coolest flash mob tribute imaginable from the  Soweto Gospel Choir. About the Soweto Gospel Choir From www.sowetogospelchoir.com Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002 In December, 2002 their first album “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for “Best Contemporary Music Concert” Soweto Gospel Choir was

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  • Daily Grateful: December 6, 2013

    Relaxing music. That’s it. Just three hours of relaxing  music for meditation, contemplation, study, or just blissing out. It’s good for you. 🙂

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  • Relaxing Music: Sunday Calm

    Sometimes we just need background music that’s unobtrusive, what Brian Eno referred to as background, or “ambient” music. Check out our very calming radio station here:  ☯ R E L A X ☯ According to Johns Hopkins research, background music helps: · increase attention levels · improve retention and memory · extend focused learning time · expand thinking skills

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  • Listen Up: Free Guided Meditation from Meditation Oasis

    If you’re looking for beautiful guided meditations and haven’t heard of Mary Maddux and her husband, Richard Maddux, you’re in for a treat. They have an engaging, informative site called meditationoasis.com, where you’ll a wide variety of resources, ranging from information about how to meditate to links to their podcasts and many meditation guidance materials. Mary was kind enough to allow me to post one of their wonderful guided meditations from their podcast. Just sit back, relax, and click play below. Afterwards, perhaps take a moment to go to their website to find out more. Meditation can be challenging if

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  • Daily Grateful: November 15, 2013

    Something I wrote a while back with some pictures I’ve taken of some of my favorite surroundings. Enjoy.

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  • Daily Grateful: November 14, 2013

    One of the most moving performances I’ve ever heard. I hope this helps you feel as good inside as it does me. Feeling good is actually good for your brain. Keep wiring it that way. After you watch this, how did you feel? Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain Team

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  • Daily Grateful: November 13, 2013

    I think to myself, what a wonderful world. When I first heard this, I cried tears of joy and sadness. Joy for the message of the song, and sadness for the loss of this talented young man. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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