Bread: Music for the Soul

Mmmm bread!

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Songs by Bread

Album – The Best of Bread (1973)
Published on Jun 2, 2014 – sunflower0074 [5,985,312+]

00:00 Make It with You
03:11 Everything I Own
06:20 Diary
09:28 Baby I’m A Want You
11:56 It Don’t Matter To Me
14:45 If
17:20 Mother Freedom
19:55 Down On My Knees
22:39 Too Much Love
25:27 Let Your Love Go
27:50 Look What You’ve Done
31:02 Truckin’
33:34 The Guitar Man
37:20 Aubrey
40:59 The Last Time
45:09 Sweet Surrender
47:45 He’s A Good Lad
50:42 Daughter
54:03 Friends And Lovers
57:57 Lost Without Your Love

Thank you, Sunflower!

All Time Favorite Love Songs 2 (Female Artists)

Chicago – Love Songs (2005)

The Very Best of England Dan and John Ford Coley (1996)

Sparks: Ten Jump-Start Tips

Read: “Action Plan for the New Year” by Dr. Mercola
Mercola-2016-0101--healthy-life Happy New Year! This year, what do you say we all skip the New Year’s resolution? About half of Americans make them, and most start out strong but come February or March, many have already thrown in the towel.

Mercola’s Story At-a-Glance
– Ninety-two percent of Americans fail to achieve the resolutions they commit to on New Year’s Day
– In place of a New Year’s resolution, make a commitment to simply live better this year
– My top 10 steps for living better in 2016 are discussed

This is an ongoing process, a lifestyle change, not an impulsive resolution that you blurted out at midnight and have all but forgotten by morning. It’s also not something you can achieve overnight. Rather, this is a plan you can live by.

10 Steps to Changing Your Life for the Better in 2016

It’s the start of a new year — what better time to start fresh with some positive changes? The 10 that follow are the crème de la crème of lifestyle tricks you can use to live better and be happier — and isn’t that really what virtually all of us are after?
[Read full article]

Lest I steal Dr. Mercola’s thunder and become guilty of plagiarism, below I simply offer my thoughts on his recommendations

Be sure to check out Mercola’s comprehensive nutrition plan.

For starters, the Ten Jump-Start Tips are great to implement at any time; so don’t wait for annual resolution time–you can begin today!

1. Give Up Soda – There are better ways to hydrate the body and still get that dopamine pleasure kick. Want fizzy? Try kefir or kombucha. [Learn more]

2. Eat Two Meals a Day, Within an Eight-Hour Window – Heck many ofus are too busy to eat “three squares” anyway. Eat less, digest more . . . then you can focus on quality intake instead of quantity and ditch calorie counting! One trick is to get to sleep before the late night munchies set in . . .

3. Get Eight Hours of Sleep Each Night – Early to bed…healthy, wealthy, and wise–early is . . . before “munchies” set in (see Tip #2). Sleep time is body-repair time; the rejuvenating sleep cycle allows the body to assimilate the good food and gather waste for elimination–have a good morning poop!

4. Eat More Healthy Fats and Fiber – It’s true, butter is better and enjoy the coconut. Veggie and fruit fiber beats shredded wheat. [Learn more from]

5. Eat Fermented Vegetables – What could be better than fresh garden veggies? Consider fermented goodies with an amazing shelf life and increased nutritional content–let those good little bacteria whip up a potent batch of enzymes, antioxidants, probiotics, and other nutrients for you!

6. Sit Less and Walk More, Work on Your Flexibility – An “active” lifestyle is not necessarily about spending hours in a gym or on the court(s). Here’s an AFoRMation for you: If you move it, you’ll improve it — Agility, Flexibility, Range of Motion.

7. Have Your Vitamin D Level Tested – In school we worked to avoid D’s especially on tests but Dr. Mercola suggests we get tested for vitamin D and pray our levels aren’t low–25(OH)D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D. However, don’t be quick to grab D-fortified drinks and foods because synthetic vitamin D is not what we need. We want the ideal ID, the internal not infernal D!

8. Eat Nutrient-Dense Protein (Quality not Quantity) – Moderation in all things works but one needs ALL things–whatever your source: pastured-based meat, fish, free-range/soy-free eggs, grassfed dairy products, or GMO-free legumes and nuts. You may not need much so seek protein that is PRO-Team: terrestrial (pasture-based), ecological (GMO-free), amicable (humanely cultivated), and manageable (assimilates well with you). Mercola suggests additional protein sources.

9. Meditate for 5 to 10 Minutes a Day – Check out Seduction of Spirit

10. Help Others and Be Active in Your Community – We applaud those who invest themselves in the welfare of others…hands for healing hands! The cycle of giving primes the pump for receiving.

The Moving: HUMAN, the Movie – Vol. 1

If eyes are the mirrors of the soul, do we all have the same desires . . . what does it mean to be “human”? Why is it still so hard to understand one another?

Traveling through 65 countries in search of answers, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand captured the voices of “people we talk about … people we never talk about”. The wealth and diversity of these voices reveal the heart of humanity.

HUMAN, Volume 1

Published on Sep 11, 2015 – The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty. [Turn on the Closed Captions (CC) to know the countries where the images were filmed and the first name of the interviewees.]

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ?

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.

Seduction of Spirit
– Day 1

Chopra Center Meditation/Yoga Retreat – November 2015
Day-by-Day Reflections

The Law of Pure Potentiality

  • Become rooted in the knowledge that you are powerful beyond measure to fulfill any dream that lies within you – and understand why.
  • Master your ability to manifest anything – with three of Deepak’s simplest, most effective techniques to quiet your thoughts and get in touch with your soul.
  • Discover the easiest way to find calm and carry it with you – so you never lose access to your true self even when life gets chaotic.
  • Give up criticizing and judging yourself – with a simple-to-master trick for catching (and correcting) negative or judgmental thoughts toward yourself or others.
  • Experience clarity like never before – as what’s most important to you rises to the front of your mind, and outside noise and distractions simply fade away.
  • Reflections from Day 1

    The following is strictly the opinion of Gene Marie Kennedy and not necessarily the intentions nor actual content of the sessions presented on November 1, 2015.

    NOTION: Relationships Are a Mirror of the Self
    Often my Self is obscured by the many garbs of my Ego playing a variety of roles in my Life. I mistaken the roles to be Me but really they are simply aspects but not the whole Me. Because my thoughts and actions are an expression of me derived from my perception of the world, people, things and circumstances around me, how I move through life really depends on the choices I make. How I interact with my environment and other people reveals more about my Self and my Ego (me masquerading as my Self).

    Each encounter offers an opportunity for discovery and refinement. If I am perturbed, I can ask what it is about Me that I can love and accept? It’s an illusion to be angry at another person or condition because my reaction is personal even if my “opinion” is also held by others. When I can ask, “What am I really feeling?” then I can begin unraveling the “Why?” to discover the need I’m perceiving.

    Jesus’ exhortation to “love thy neighbor as thyself” takes on new meaning when I look closer into my relationships to discover my present capacity to love. Any conflicts I detect can be viewed as opportunities to distinguish between the roles of my Ego and my evolving Self.

    NOTION: “Smoking Is Bad for You” – Just Ask the Mirror(s)
    Illusion, mistaking the unreal for real, is the masterful result of “smoke and mirrors”. Smoke obscures and impairs the vision while mirrors cast reflections that can make it difficult to grab hold of what is genuine. Sometimes the first challenge is recognizing that smoke and mirrors are involved. The illusion of separation and independence is shaken by quantum mechanics in discovering that solids are not so “solid” afterall. Considering the space in an atom between its nucleus and its orbiting elections, the physical universe is more like swiss cheese than cheddar. The energy fields emanating from plants and animals tells me that my influence goes beyond the visible outer limits of my skin; as I breathe and move through the world that I can see, I recognize that I am an integral part of it and separation is the illusion.

    When I awaken from a disturbing dream and the feelings linger, I remind myself, “It was only a dream.” Suddenly, I am able to let go of the feelings because I recognize that the “dream” is not my “reality”. Similarly, when I recognize that my “life” is more about my perceptions and choices, I realize the potential for a different way of living. Instead of resisting what displeases me, embracing enables me to detect and observe my contribution to what is; I recognize my connection to every other human being whether local or seemingly distant. Can a ripple not affect the pond?

    NOTION: The Quantum Leap Is Not So Far
    For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 [New International Bible]

    Most versions of this verse are translated as “in him” but others read “because of him”; I assert that “because” indicates skepticism as surely “we are not lining IN God”. Yet quantum mechanics affirms just that–the Animating Cause is so immense and pervasive that existence is contained within and not apart from. This points to that Field of Potentiality in which all are immerse like waves of an ocean, emerging for a time as somewhat distinct from other waves [exhibiting individuality] but then merging back into the whole. Language is funny; it’s use is limited in conveying perceptions and, at best, serves up only metaphors to facilitate comprehension.

    as if in the Great Card Game of Life, I’m playing from a hand of infinite possibilities