Peaceful, Easy Feeling

I stopped smoking pot in 1969. Glenn Frey didn’t know that when he turned toward me in the control room of Studio B during the making of One of These Nights. In his outstretched fingertips was a smoldering joint he had just rolled and ignited. “Here, man. This is da kine. Tommy had to go all the way to Tarzana for this.”

“No, Glenn, I can’t smoke that stuff anymore. It gets me too fucked up,” I argued. He looked taken aback. His hand lowered just an inch or two and his eyes narrowed imperceptibly as he gazed through a rising haze. Tilting his head ever-so slightly, he uttered a phrase that catapulted me back to the safe womb of…

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Do nothing. Rest afterwards.

Meditation. The word is everywhere, even though people misuse it and misunderstand it. Folks think that it’s an activity. Yet, in order to use meditation fruitfully, it has to be exactly the opposite of activity. One wise teacher said, “Do nothing then rest afterward.” That’s closer to it.

To understand meditation and why it has a well-deserved reputation for promoting physical health, longevity, clear thinking and peace of mind, it helps to know what meditation isn’t. I’ve had scores of people over the years describe their so-called stress reduction methods and somehow refer to them as meditational. One guy told me he had “a handle on stress. Yep, I come home, pop a cold one, put my feet up and…

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My Two Cents

Let’s start with a little math, rounded up to the nearest number: There are four, 15-minute segments in each hour and 24 hours in a day. That means four times 24 or a total of 96, 15-minute segments each day. So, in round numbers, 15 minutes is one percent of your day. That means two 15-minute segments is roughly two percent of your day. Two cents, as they say. Remember that.

Your mind is indisputably the most powerful tool you have for making change in your life. Unless it starts in the mind, it’s not going to happen. Period. And doesn’t take a scientist to know we basically have two parts to our mind: an intellectual, analytical part called the…

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The Eyes Have It

Imagine we lived just about 100 years ago and I pulled you aside and said it was possible to touch a couple wires to your chest and tell you if you might have a heart attack. Not only that, show you how each heartbeat can trace a line on graph paper. You’d be skeptical. But within a couple years, the electrocardiograph machine would be doing just that.

Even today, most people probably don’t understand why or how such a common medical tool like the EKG works. Few would stop to consider such an essential diagnostic device is a perfect demonstration of the holistic nature of the human body. The fact that each heartbeat produces an electrical charge that can be…

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Good Egg or Bad Egg?

It’s true. I once taught at UCLA. It was back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Each quarter I had a routine. On the first day of class, I encouraged the students to volunteer a little about themselves and we drafted a contact sheet. Since mine was an elective class related to the music industry, it’s never a bad idea to build a list of potential contacts in Hollywood. Some students were in pretty influential positions and that old saw, “It ain’t what you know, it’s who ya know…” carries lotsa weight around L.A.

One student related: “I want to get into the recording industry because the last thing I want to do is work in my family business.” Of course,…

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Into the Great Wide Open

Here comes the sun. In case you haven’t noticed, gasoline is under $1.90 per gallon. That’s crazy. No one can really answer why that is, beyond geopolitical speculation. But really good news helps us predict that solar will be the big move in 2016. The cost of solar will continue to plummet and the output efficiency will continue to grow. Clean energy will take a real leap forward in 2016. That evil of ethanol will hang in for a couple more years but eventually solar and wind with advances in power storage á la Elon Musk’s new battery system will make raping the land with monoculture corn or sawgrass a thing of the past. Clean energy will be a high…

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That Was the Year That Was

When these end-of-year retros come around, I feel like I’m turning into a whiner about all the crap that happened in the past 12 months. It’s so easy to come up with the foibles and follies that hit the news stream over the year. But I end up resigned to the reality that if we don’t know the problem, we can’t fix it. Am I whistling in the wind and ignoring the “If you spot it, you got it” axiom of the New Age? So let me start with a positive notice from 2015 and we’ll set sail from there. In the rear view mirror:

May: the Pope steps up. What a development. His Holiness has become St. Greenpeace. In…

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Bud Rising

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