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Robert Genn Will Be Sorely Missed... sticky icon

Robert Genn Taught Us To Live Life As Art...

His Emails And Daughter's Letters Continue The Legacy!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I recently opened up my web site to unrestricted feedback, only I could see it.  What happened in one day was a torrent, dozens of emails sent to me, in all kinds of languages. Oriental, Middle Eastern, English.  It was a kind of vomit from the profane and vulgar element of the world.  Advertisements for illicit drugs, illicit sex, and vulgar ads for all kinds of objects.

Live The Sweet Life! sticky icon

Tuscan Living and The Slow Food Movement

Show Us How To Feel The Sweetness Of Life!

Live La Dolce Vita!

Soldo Vito In Empoli, Italy Brings Tuscan Beauty Into His Food And Life!

You Can Too!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Tuscany seems magical to the world.  Ten million visitors come to this area about the size of Colorado every year, and for good reason.  Something special is happening here, as it has for 3,000 years.  The people have a love for the sweet life (la dolce vita) that is infectious!

The sweet life?

Yes.  They find sweetness in great food.  

They cook lean meats and vegetables with aromatic herbs, and use olive oil to carry the wonderful bouquet of flavors to your taste buds.  Eat Tuscan stir fried vegetables with Tuscan pork as I did this June, and your taste buds want to stand up and applaud!  Mix paste of artichoke with thyme and other aromatic herbs freshly picked, and another taste sensation will fill your mouth! 

More!  Your taste buds want more!

No high fructose corn syrup, no sick "overfull feeling" and no high fat and high salt and high sugar ingredients.  This is natural food, slowly grown, slowly prepared, and bursting with flavor...and well overflowing with goodness.  The stuff is fresh and tastey.  This isn't American fast food.  This Tuscan food makes you feel full and feel good!

The goodness of nature is getting inside you.  

You aren't just eating Tuscany, you are thinking it, drinking it, living it.  Here's a video introduction to a Tuscan farm I recently visited where I learned more about living "The Sweet Life."

 

My family was invited by the family of Soldo and Katerina Vito to spend some time at their villa in June.   We found them on the site Vacation Rental By Owner.  We happily accepted their invitation.  My family had heard about Tuscany for years.  But was that just marketing?  Just hype?  What is there so special about Tuscany?  What is La Dolce Vita anyway besides the name of a movie?

Their farm was located right in the middle of the greatest places to visit in Tuscany.  They are located just outside of Empoli, and to the west is Florence, east is Pisa with its leaning tower, south is the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, and north is Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo.  Here's the map on that:

 

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Eat Healthy Or It's Hard To Be Healthy

"Slow Food" Helps Us And The World To Be Healthier And Happier

by Harris Jensen, MD

Walking Meditation Soothes The Soul! sticky icon

Colorado Psychiatrist Releases Video, Book On Walking Meditation

Deeper Thinking, Deeper Awareness Created By Meditation

Youtube Video Introduces Book

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

It was a sunny day yesterday, the temperature in the 60's so I took my dog, Elsker for a walk and we shot a video introducing my new book, The Power Of Walking Meditation.  I'm still editing the book but audio CD's have been popular with my patients, I've handed out dozens of them.

Here's our (humorous?) video...

 

HJ

 

Fort Collins Psychiatrist Offers Free Music Video! sticky icon

Nature Music Video Helps People Learn Meditation!

Let The Peace Of Nature Become Part Of Your Life!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

This morning Long's Peak had a mantle of white but the warm morning sun was a reminder that winter's here...but spring is coming!

To celebrate that, I've added a video, "Spring Comes To The Mountains," as an attachment at the end of this article.  Just click the attachments link to get to it, or go to the Free Stuff Tab above and to the left, and click that, and it will be on the list of attachments to that article, or click this link: http://www.gooddayjournal.com/freestuff

The video features my wildlife photography and music by jazz great Mark Sloniker, from right here in Fort

Collins.  For more of his music see this link: http://marksloniker.com/  Mark is a great fan of meditation and mindfulness, I'll vouch for that!  He's taught me a lot about that.

What is the advantage of this video?

You can download it to your computer and use it to practice meditation.  Just listen and look at it. Don't add anything to your experience by using words to think about it.  Life would be alot less stressful if we could take some "breaks" during the day to do just this.  Be in the moment.   Yes we have to think about what we are doing during the day, but we don't have to do that all day, without stop, relentlessly burning ourselves out.

It is important to slow down, pace yourself, and take breaks periodically throught the day, so you can stay on top of your game, whether your at work or at school or at home!

With this, or other videos, or instrumental music or nature sound audio files like "The Power Of Spring" audio file on the free stuff page, you can practice this mindfulness training too.

Just look and listen.  Don't add a layer of emotionality to what you are experiencing.  Keep the words out of your head.  Just let the sights and sounds wash over you.  You've let the peace of nature come into your mind.

Have a good day!

 

Relaxing Stream Sounds Soothe The Soul! sticky icon

Bird songs identified on sound track of Rocky Mountain River!

Many thanks to the birders at Cornell Lab Of Ornithology and graduate student Matt Young!

Learn to identify bird songs with this sound track and links to Cornell Lab web site!

"Backyard Birdsong Guide" quite helpful in identifying  birds by sound!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Stress Managment With Nature! sticky icon

Bird songs and stream sounds help heal the soul!

Free sound track included in this article!  Helps stress managment!

Great for background sounds for studying too for college students!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I recorded in stereo the wonderful sounds of a mountain creek in spring, along with these singing birds, back in May, 2009.  I used a stereo microphone with a Sony voice recorder, edited the works in Garage Band on my Mac.

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Meditation Can Be An Antidepressant Too!

The Field Of Mindfulness Cognitive Behavior Therapy Has Much Evidence Behind It To Show It Works

Fort Collins Psychiatrist Records Mindfulness CD

Free Audio File Available In This Article!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Walking Meditation Practices Great Stress Managment sticky icon

Fort Collins Psychiatrist Records Stress Managment CD

Mindfulness Approach Backed By Research

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal

Managing stress by taking a good, long walk is about as American as apple pie.  I mean, Henry David Thoreau extolled the virtues of a walk in nature in his essary "Walking," 150 years ago.

But you can get more out of a walk by developing your powers of mindfulness.

A Time To Honor One Who Was Mindful... sticky icon

Harris Jensn offers free banners for your computer desktop for mindfulness training...they are offered for free to you as a way of remembering the wonder that mindfulness brings to our lives

 

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

She left this world for the next one, last night, here in the first week of January of 2009,  suffering cancer, battling hard and long, surrounded by those who loved her.  To honor her privacy I won't mention her name.  But to honor her life I'd like to share 4 meditation banners I've made.  I've used these as a background on my computer screen to encourage my mindfulness training.  She was one who in a kind and gentle way introduced me to the awesome power that resides in the practices of yoga and meditation.  Wow, what a difference she made in my life.  If interested, view the banners in the slide show below.  If you'd like one for free, put your cursor on the image, then click the lower right corner, the cllick the colored circle, and at Picassa web albums you can download the actual jpegs.  Or you can click one of the blue file attachments below, by first clicking the "4 Attachments" link below, then clicking the link to the meditation poster you want.

All the banners have the meditative saying, "Solid As A Mountain, Calm As Water," which is a saying from the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, whom I heard give a talk at YMCA of the Rockies up in Estes Park, Colorado.   He spoke in a quiet voice and yet with great courage and conviction about how mindfulness can help make your day a good day.

This dear one who has left us was strong in her quiet unassuming way, too, and she was calm in the face of the storm. 

Namaste.