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Living Free of Anger
Expand Your Life Energy

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Upcoming Port Charlotte and Saraasota Workshops | 3 Day Intensives |1 session Fri evening, 2 sessions on Saturday and 1 on Sunday | Call 941-227-5763

Get out of your head and into your heart.

Get out of your head and into your heart 941-227-5763

There is a signup form there so we can get in touch with you and send you workshop information including location, times, price and other pertinent information.

We look foward to being in your energy and having you participate in one of our events.

You can also call 941-227-5763 so we can chat. I'll call you back within 24 hours if I am out when you call.

Thanks

Michael Barrett

More ==>About Michael Barrett <== here.

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Free Intro | Wednesday | May 6
Expand Your Life Energy
Living Free of Anger

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Port Charlotte, Fl
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Welcome and take a look at our upcoming Port Charlotte workshop information here:

Port Charlotte Workshop | 3 Day Intensive

April 24, 25 and 26 2015
1 session Fri evening, 2 sessions on Saturday and 1 on Sunday
with Michael Barrett
Call 941-227-5763

Get out of your head and into your heart.

Get out of your head and into your heart 941-227-5763

There is a signup form there so we can get in touch with you and send you workshop information including location, times, price and other pertinent information.

I also wanted to thank Fantastic Frank for introducing me on his "From Flawed to Fantastic" radio show and we look forward to having Frank participate in the April workshop with us coming down here from Rochester New York. So if you come you will have a chance spend an interactive weekend with him.

We look foward to being in your energy and having you participate in the workshop.

You can also call 941-227-5763 so we can chat. I'll call you back within 24 hours if I am out when you call.

Thanks

Michael Barrett

More ==>About Michael Barrett <== here.

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Mongolian Throat Singing

Mongolian Throat Singing

Wow this is really interesting genre of music.

You can almost feel it in your throat chakra when he sings.

Stunning

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Laughter Is Healthy

Why do we take ourselves so seriously? Are we really that important?

How did we get here, as adults, only laughing an average of 15 times a day. Children laugh about 400 times a day.

What do they know that we have forgotten? What are the economic costs associated with not laughing?

There are so many benefits to laughter.

"Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors."
--- Norman Cousins

Norman Cousins wrote a book called "The Anatomy of an Illness" in 1979. Here is a review of that book on Amazon by an MD.

"10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

By William S. Eidelman on February 15, 2010

Format: Hardcover

This book is way ahead of its time. The author, Norman Cousins, a leading intellectual figure of his day, healed himself of a very serious illness with laughter and intravenous megadose vitamin C.

It was assumed by the medical profession -- he was a UCLA patient -- be placebo effect on both laughter and intravenous megadose vitamin C. As usual, the medical profession was wrong about both.

William S Eidelman, M.D".

A member of the graduating class of 2014, at the Stanford graduate school of business,  suggests that the loss of productivity costs the US Economy ~ $350 billion a year.  He suggests laughter may be a significant contribution to the solution.
Eric Tsytsylin challenges individuals and organizations to authentically embrace humor and laughter as a way of boosting happiness, creativity, and productivity.
Tsytsylin is a member of the Class of 2014 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is part of the LOWkeynotes initiative."
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Free Intro | Living Free of Anger & Core Health | Port Charlotte |Date: Feb 25 at 6:30 p.m. Call 941-227-5763 for info and directions

Welcome and take a look at our upcoming Sarasota workshop information here:

Click here for more information ==> Sarasota Workshop March 27, 28 and 29 2015 <==

with Michael Barrett | Call 941-227-5763

Get out of your head and into your heart.

Get out of your head and into your heart 941-227-5763

There is a signup form there so we can get in touch with you and send you workshop information including location, times, price and other pertinent information.

I also wanted to thank Fantastic Frank for introducing me on his "From Flawed to Fantastic" radio show and we look forward to having Frank participate in the March workshop with us. So if you come you will have a chance spend an interactive weekend with him.

We look foward to being in your energy and having you participate in the workshop.

You can also call 941-227-5763 so we can chat. I'll call you back within 24 hours if I am out when you call.

Thanks

Michael Barrett

More ==>About Michael Barrett <== here.

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Blessings to You from Michael Barrett…

Blessings to You and Yours From Michael Barrett.

As we close out 2014, moving into the New Year, let's take some time to remember goodness.

Share your blessings, it is a art form.

Think back on moments worth remembering, and  the kindness of other people this last year. Remember where little children smiled and warmed our hearts, where pets made us laugh, where friends called and said just the right thing that we needed to hear. Remember the wonder of life.

This is the season of blessings, joy and gratitude; the time for companionship with family and close friends.

As we share those moments remember to send out a message of love to those among us, less fortunate, who are lonely or need comfort or encouragement. Many times people do not ask for help and sometimes they really need it. Notice these things, where you can, and offer yours without being asked. It really makes a difference. It has for me, every time.

It is the season for joy and also the season for compassion.

Practice being nice. Buy a cup of coffee for the next person in line or pay the toll for the car behind you. If you have the means, give a warm coat to someone who is cold, a meal to someone who is hungry, a hug to someone who really needs one.

Visit a neighbor who lives alone and take them a pie, or a flower or a card and look into their hearts and see the love inside them, the same love that lives in each of us. Reach into their hearts and if you can, make their light shine a little bit brighter.

Show up. Be there - just because…

Be grateful for your health, a warm bed and a full stomach and wherever you go, share the gentle and forgotten art of blessings.

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This Girl Can Sing…

What a stunning voice, presentation and talent.

Wow.

Could not pass up posting this. Listen, it's short.

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What Is Sustainability ?

recycling-logo100x95Sustainability, Self-Reliance and Simplicity

Sustainability issues define an expanding social imperative.

Our natural resources are limited. Understanding this means we need to exercise care and be smart about how we utilize those resources as we move into the future. This does not imply sacrifice or putting the brakes on technology. It does, however, require that we look at the big picture: the cause and effect of our actions today, as a society, on future generations.

Technology can both expand our opportunities and diminish them. At this point in our civilization, we have to choose which course we will take. Because technology is accelerating so rapidly, it is essential that we make wise choices.

What Is Sustainability?

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5 Free Vertical Gardening Pallet Projects

Sustainable Measures looks at it this way:

Definitions of Sustainability

There may be as many definitions of sustainability and sustainable development as there are groups trying to define it. All the definitions have to do with:

  • Living within the limits
  • Understanding the interconnections among economy, society, and environment
  • Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities”

In the Real World…

We need to make a few adjustments.

Here’s a pretty good definition from the EPA website

“Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”

On the one hand, it’s a noble, accurate and intelligent definition - and fine on paper. There is probably widespread agreement conceptually. On the other, we face a dichotomy here – or a double bind - because the source of that definition is rooted in a framework that is the very antithesis of sustainability, the federal government.

This should not be the case, but in reality it is. In short, he who has the best definition does not necessarily get the job done.

In My World…

Along the lines of ‘do the right thing’ - sustainability is pretty simple:

  •  Simple solutions can be elegant. with the right design and leadership. Right now, both are lacking. As a result, modern life is more difficult than it needs to be.
  • As a rule of thumb, we need to use only what we need (including practical reserves).
  • Produce more – or contribute more - than we take out of the system.
  • Productivity, honesty and work hard are required – all things which strengthen us as individuals.
  • Dissolve dependency. We can all learn – and teach – how to carry our own weight – joyfully and gratefully. Self reliance is empowering.
  • Individuals need no permission to take action and individual action creates collective change.
  • Sustainability also provides an excess for charity – to help those who are experiencing difficulty or are physically incapable of doing the work – on an individual, neighborhood or community basis while remembering the old expressions: “Charity begins at home,” and “Waste Not Want Not.”

Looking at History…

As a real world example, scroll back in time to the redwood lumber industry in northern California in 1905. At that time, 85-90% of the old growth redwood forests remained unlogged.

By 1925, about 67% of the original redwood stands still remained uncut. From 1900 until 1929, the annual cut of redwoods was about 520 million board feet, with about 80% coming from north of San Francisco. Simultaneously, up to 30% of the trees that were felled – branches, and parts of the trees that were blemished or sub-prime - was left to rot. Slash pile burning was not a prevalent practice at the time. So the piles of rotting redwood debris inadvertently encouraged the growth of other species where redwoods had been predominant previously.

Compounding the impact was the practice of clear cutting. It was more economically feasible, in the short term, to clear cut the steep slopes that were closest to the railroad tracks that took the timber to the sawmills.

By 1953, over a billion board feet of redwood lumber was being produced annually.

Today, less than 5% of the original old growth redwood forest remains uncut. The vast majority of the lumber used in construction, railroad ties, fence posts and various other products (since 1905) have subsequently been demolished, pushed into landfills or burned in the wake of modern development.

This begs the question retrospectively:  If we had to do it over again, could we have managed that resource (old growth redwood timber) more ­effectively? ­ In a word, yes.

Moving forward…

There are many intelligent solutions in development.

Where can we improve our thinking? How we see the world around us - and how we interact with it differently - so we can create a viable legacy for future generations? What methods can we implement to monitor and manage existing resources and the factors of production more effectively?

Both the opportunities and challenges we face are enormous. Yet, common sense does not have to remain the oxy-moron it has become.

Quoting the Dalai Lama…

When asked: “What is the best single meditation we can practice today?”

The Dalai Lama’s response without hesitation was:

“Critical thinking, followed by action. Discern what your world is. Know the plot, the scenario of this human drama. And then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world.”

That pretty much sums up sustainability.

Sustainability is a path that makes sense.

I Am Michael Barrett

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Angels at the Beach | Siesta Key Sunset

Angels at the Beach | Siesta Key

The first time we experienced a sunset at Siesta Key was in 2009 and it was a powerful experience. Just before the sun sank below the horizon, a crowd of people appeared and hundreds of them stood by the water's edge to observe. This initial scene was captivating - knowing we shared a common experience - almost a primal calling - that drew all these people to the same place at the same time.

Siesta sunset in October

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That experience was reminiscent of the scenes of all the angels congregating at sunset in the movie: City of Angels. with Nicolas Cage. To this day,  the sunsets continue to repeat a similar, magical experience.

Siesta sunset in October

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Siesta Key is a special, unique place - an energy vortex - where birds and humans and Angels intermingle all the time.

Siesta sunset in October

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It is also the home of the ashes of a wonderful, beautiful, friend who shared this experience many times as a human - who now participates as an Angel.

If you are careful - and you pay attention - every now and again, you can catch a peripheral glimpse of someone standing next to you, or you can hear the murmur of a distant voice, laughing and sharing the magnificence of Siesta Key at sunset.

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Workshop Listings

Michael Barrett Workshops Index

List of Barrett Workshops

Core Health and Heart Forgiveness Free Introductions

  • Free Introductions in December and January 2015
    Sarasota
    Port Charlotte
    Fort Meyers
  • Dates and Times: To Be Announced

Core Health

  • Core Health Workshops  (Prerequisite Heart Forgiveness)

Heart Forgiveness

  • Heart Forgiveness Workshops
    • Living Without Anger, Release Anger Permanently and Learn How to Love Yourself Again
      • 5 Week Course Begins Week of June 23
      • Sarasota June 2014 

Core Health 3 - Private Sessions

  • For Core Health and Heart Forgiveness Graduates Only
    • By Appointment

Other Michael Barrett Workshops, Training and Seminars

  • Healthy Wealthy Boomer - How to Make the 2nd 50 Years Better than the 1st
  • Workshops for Martial Arts Studios and Clubs
    • The Warrior Within
  • The Power of Vulnerability
  • More to be announced...
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