……sons, brothers and fruit

I’ve been asked many times over the years if I had any tips or insights on staying healthy. What are some of the things that mean the most to me 🙂 — that make me happy and keep me healthy, centered and as stress free as possible in this day and age…

Well I think a lot. I read a lot. I ask a lot of questions. I always have. I’ve always followed only those things that made sense to me…. never been a big trend follower for example. I prefer to cut a new path and explore… that’s the kind of thing that jazzes me. I have a friend that said this about me (and made me laugh… so I guess the shoe fits). “If we’re all going out for a swim… maybe to get some sun and meet for lunch at a specified time…. Gregory will not be there until hours later… and when he does come back, he will have some interesting story to tell about a new kind of turtle he found or how he discovered a path that leads to the best swimming hole ever”. “How do you think we found this place!”

I’m no expert but I’m a big believer in good nutrition and taking care of yourself. The women in my life have always been more on the ball with this overall… (taking care of themselves I mean). My male friends could do better.  I’ve learned a lot from my travels to different cultures… and from my own study…… and trial and error. I thought I would pass some tidbits on health and nutrition to you from time to time. You can use them (or not) as you see fit. So here’s… ta da

Abbott’s Amusing Health Tip #1

 
EAT BLUEBERRIES. 
I eat a lot of blueberries…. just–plain–raw BB’s.
Why Greg? (ha ha) They have one of the highest antioxidant abilities of all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Huh… come again? (wink)

Blueberries are a whole body antioxidant. Antioxidants are essential to combat free radicals… the process in the body that ages you. And BB’s are pretty much good for everything. As a phyto-nutrient they’re good for stress, the nervous system, the brain and memory, the cardiovascular system and they are a low glycemic food. (more on that later). This is probably the only sweet that I eat. But don’t take my word… for more blueberry info than you can possibly handle – here’s a LINK:

 


I finished a short 3 minute film called “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”. It’s a self-help poem that we filmed and turned into a “graphic novel” type of  animation. Some of you may know that I quoted this in the liner notes of my CD “Eyes Whispers, Rhythm Sex…”.  It’s a story or metaphor about learning from your mistakes. It’s a powerful message that many self-help organizations use. I’ve always loved the poem and thought it might be cool to animate it. I’ve been trying to figure out where and how to present it so folks don’t think its a music video! It’s not. If you have any ideas let me know… and if you think this can help someone you love or care about, by all means pass it on. Here is a private link.

https://youtu.be/A5SG2Av0Qvc


 Some of you are aware that  I am an enthusiastic  supporter of respecting  the  environment (the  seas and the trees  mostly). Nature is an  essential part of my being. It brings me peace and helps me stay creative. There’s nothing like walking  through the woods with the light shimmering through the trees to start me creating  a new song… the water does this to me too.  Global Cooperation Day 2014  is on October 4th and I want to encourage you to read up on the movement…..


I have also joined in the support of an organization called the “Alliance for Boys and Men of Color”. In California the demographic of people is 70%. That is “seventy percent of people living in California identify themselves as “people of color”. Unfortunately the ones most in trouble are our young boys and men. Our culture depends on its young people having a fair chance to thrive and succeed and that’s what this program is all about; improving their chances for a better life. A major focus is to keep these young men in school. I wish they could grow up like I did but they do not have the opportunity….

 

Quoting from Robert K. Ross he states: “I know that when we help our sons, we’re building future fathers, colleagues and productive members of society. When we help our sons, we help our daughters and everyone”.

 


The more I travel through this comedy we call life, the more I come to appreciate the value of simplicity. A lot of the complexities in life simply aren’t necessary and quite often have to do with some other person or group wanting you to do something that they want you to do…… good for them… not necessarily good for you. But not only that, as I move through life I also appreciate how short it is  and I’ve come up with the brilliant notion (yeah right) that the more efficient we can be, the more of it we can live and enjoy! I love being alive and I want to live life to the fullest. I find that so many things that I have owned I really didn’t need and after discarding or giving them away, I never missed them and that the path of my life became clearer, cleaner and more fun. This also applies to people, problem organizations,  and affiliations of any kind.

Tend those you love like a garden.

Tend those you love like a garden.

So my advice would be to treat your life like you would your beautiful garden…. prune regularly and nourish and water your favorite plants (people) they are your treasure. 


My quote for this session:

Giving up on a goal because of a setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat……


Welcome to all the new followers to my blog. I thank you for taking the time out to join.

Lastly, I am grateful to all of you who asked about myself and my family regarding the 6.0 earthquake in Napa here in Northern California. We are fine. Although I haven’t heard back from everyone; most of those I have reached out to have positive reports – that is to say no one was hurt (thank goodness).

RIP Robin Williams

Until next time…. I am musically yours, Gregory

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……in search of harmony

Gregory Abbott

Gregory Abbott

Many of us have grown up in a multi-cultural setting…. the circumstances of multi-cultural existence can teach you to be strong and resourceful as so many of you are…

While many of you have attained a certain satisfactory level of accomplishment; (a place that “fits”) whatever that may be, the other piece of the puzzle is to achieve balance and harmony. Our experience teaches us that conflict is counter productive and so, in order to achieve our goals we must attempt to grapple with the difficulties of life while still maintaining a sense of peace and harmony.

I’ve been thinking about the Boston Marathon bombing and find that once again that cherished sense of harmony is threatened. My prayers go out the victims and their families. However justified the gripes of the perpetrators may be, in the end I believe violence is not the remedy for the simple reason that it never works for all concerned. There is always a loser. We are “all one” and any attempt at solution will only last if it is a win/win situation. Violent acts are not a win/win situation.

I believe we will ultimately unite as human beings and that love will prevail. The good will win out, even though I’m sure to all of us it feels like it will never happen soon enough. This is a hard lesson to learn and one that often runs counter with our emotions i.e. the anger, frustration or hurt that we feel when we are mistreated or things don’t go our way. Its taken me a while to learn this lesson for myself.

Perhaps you feel the same. Perhaps this is what binds us together…. So here’s to a brighter future where there are so many of us lovers, that we wash over conflicts and obstacles like a mighty rogue wave.

Glad to hear and see that so much friendship has come from the trip to Carnival.

Quote: For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind… Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Musically yours,

Gregory