Nanoparticles

IMG_4443Have you heard that big business created a nanoparticle listening device?
It is about 1/8000 of the width of a human hair.
Is powered by the electrical impulses in your brain.
It downloads emotional data to your cell phone.

The story above is fiction.
But nanoparticles are real. They’re also known as microbeads. And not much is known about them.
They are in many soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and lotions.
Not ours.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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The Body Speaks

Apple with a bite out of itToday, many of us consume to excess.
Our ancient, nomadic brain that tells us to eat and drink all that we can in case there is a famine tomorrow.

We will never experience famine.
Our wealthy and developed nation is abundant with food.

For several years now, I have been intentional with the foods I eat – and don’t eat.
When I stray from this, my body tells me.

The body speaks in feeling. A growling stomach. A sense of being off balance. A headache.
It’s quiet, not always obvious. I have to pay attention to hear it.
I’m sure my body has always had a voice. I just didn’t hear what I was saying.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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What does EO stand for?

JasmineI walked by some jasmine last night. Immediately I looked for the vine.
It happens reflexively.
My body responds to the scent and begins searching for the plant.

When I’m in the forest I find myself cataloging the scents around me.
Pine, leaves, moss, everything.

Essential oils can transport a person to a lavender field or a fresh orange.
Because they are the real deal. They’re alive, vital.

Essential oils is what EO stands for.
The essences of plants, trees, flowers, resins and spices.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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The Elephant

elephantHow do you handle the inevitable?
How do you prepare for things like taxes, bad weather, and aging?

We have practices for many of the experiences in our lives.
We have money set aside for taxes.
We have an umbrella by the door for rain.
We go to a health practitioner to prepare for aging.

The elephant in the room is death.
There is very little dialogue and little or no plan.
At least until it’s close.
Death is not part of the living.

Life should be approached in all aspects.
Sunshine, flowers, donuts and death.
All should be embraced.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Laughter

laughterThe experience of sharing laughter is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

A necessity – like water for fish and sunshine to plants.

You can never get enough laughter.

So, want to share your favorite joke?

I’ve already heard the one about the elephants in the trees…

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

Photo by Ray Black of my Mother, Aunt and Uncle. 1959. NYC.

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Hunting and Gathering

moneyOur daily activities used to be directly related to our survival. If we did not have the skills to hunt/gather then we would not eat. Pretty simple.

As we moved away from being nomadic our skills became easier to trade. The person who could not get food could perhaps make bread and trade it for meat.

Today our survival is overlooked for this idea of money. Our skills are traded not for meat or bread but for money.

We are taught to collect more and more money, with less regard to how it’s linked to our survival.

Our communities are suffering from this phenomenon. People spend less and less time doing what makes us human: time with family and friends, time spent out in the world, and time with self.

Some days I wonder if we’d be better off hunting and gathering again.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Rest in Peace

dadMany moons ago, my father asked me about some holes on my bedroom floor.

I told him I didn’t know.

He asked to see my bowie knife.

Of course the blade fit perfectly into the holes.

He looked at me, paused, and walked away.

I was ashamed. And awed that he knew what I did.

My father knew everything.

Safe journey dad.

I love you.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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6 Things That Have Worked

coffeeI believe in treating my body right. Although I haven’t always kept to the regimen of a good diet.

So, when my doctor said I had to make some diet changes (high cholesterol) I was motivated to do something.

I found it harder than I thought. Here’s a few things I’ve done that worked:

  1. Keep raw nuts/seeds handy and available at work and home.
  2. I drink my coffee black – no more half/half or sugar.
  3. I’ve given up cheese, milk and meat from hoofed animals. Tofu, for some reason, isn’t as bad anymore.
  4. At restaurants, I ask for veggies instead of the starch. I order the fish or the vegetarian option.
  5. I still drink alcohol, however don’t dilute it with anything but water or ice.
  6. And, I’m cooking more at home. I make enough for leftovers for lunch the next day.

You have any tricks you want to share?

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Absolute

food IMG_0339There aren’t many things I’m absolute on. One is: you are what you eat.

The unhealthy path is: processed foods, fast food, soda, preservatives, GMO and the like. The healthy path: organic, non-gmo, local, fresh, in season.

It’s not difficult, and it’s not easy. Most of us aren’t as healthy as we can be. For me, food is first in line to turning this around.

A new year is a good time to make the choice to treat your body better. Eat real, be real.

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Forced Change

forced changeWe know we’re supposed to be nimble and roll with the punches of life. To change our habits to meet an evolving reality.

I’ve struggled with New Year’s resolutions, because I feel that I’m already nimble – and I don’t want to admit that I’m not as nimble as I should be.

This year I’m happy to have the reminder to change. The catalyst is less important than the resolution to change.

Bring on 2015.

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