Myriad Minds

have been meditating seriously for about 3 months now. Once per day, I find a quiet spot and focus my attention for 20 minutes on my breath using a guided mindful meditation app called Headspace. I have tried to mediate in the past with mixed success, but intuitively I feel the time is right for me now to practice a little harder. I have always suffered anxiety and depression and for a few years I was actually taking medication for…

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You are NOT You

ver the last few months I have put on some weight, well maybe more that some. I could blame it on the wine, but it probably isn’t the wine – probably too many snacks and eating poorly. Recently my weight started bugging me and I decided that I have to do something about it. They say you have to own up to your actions and take responsibility for your diet and exercise, but it would be so much easier to…

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Connections

was in the winery a few weeks ago and there were two ladies sitting apart enjoying a glass of wine while distracted on their phones. They were only a few feet apart, though miles and miles away in thought. At Koi Zen, we are all about being mindful, so I said, “put down your phones and talk to each other”. They were startled at first, but began talking and soon became good friends, sharing meals, conversations, life experiences, dreams, and…

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Free Range Parenting?

ave you heard that Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah signed the “free-range parenting” bill into legislation? This is bill is completely insane! It actually ALLOWS children to “walk, run or bike to and from school, travel to commercial or recreational facilities, play outside and remain at home unattended.” OMG, has the world gone completely insane? I spent my early elementary school years in the small town of Ambler, PA. As a kid, we would ALWAYS be outside! We would run,…

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Does Wine Make You Smarter?

have met many wine snobs who think they know everything there is to know about anything but is this really true? Well according to a Yale professor, anyone who drinks wine might have a slight advantage when it comes to mental tasks. His theory states that tasting wine is one of the most complex tasks anyone can do. He touts that understanding the tastes of wine is more mentally complicated than solving advanced mathematical problems or trying to understand the…

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Walking in Your Shoes

hey say if you want to gain empathy with someone, you need to walk in their shoes. This allows you to understand the way they see the world and what matters most to them. Well, that’s what Lisa and I did two weeks ago. We teamed up with two other couples and went Wine Tasting in Paso Robles for 4 days and it was fantastic! (yet another boring business trip LOL)  Many of you know that Paso Robles is one…

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Time to Make the Donuts

ast night Lisa and I got up at 5:00 am and watched the Super Blue Blood Moon which was really cool. This TRIFECTA occurrence of a Super Moon – closes orbit to earth; Blue Moon – second full moon in a month and a Blood Moon – total eclipse only happens about every 145 years. So this is the only time any living person on earth will or has ever seen it; pretty cool but wait, there’s more. Also last…

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Happy Buddha Belly

Budai: You can find the Happy Buddha – Budai everywhere in China and it is said to bring good luck and fortune if you rub his belly. I will bring him to the winery if you want to rub his belly. When we were in China, we went to a very famous tea region in the small town of Longjing outside of Hangzhou. Imperial Tea: We were invited to the tea house where we learned all about spring tea, summer…

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The Cost of Wine

The Cost of Wine

Blame your great-great-great-grandparents for the cost of wine! Between the years of 1920 to 1033, there was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that we call Prohibition. In 1933 the 18th Amendment was replaced with the 21st Amendment which allowed the production and sale of alcoholic beverages. However, by this time many of the existing producers had gone out of business and many vineyards were ripped out and replaced with cash producing…

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Wine Ratings – The Good, Bad and Ugly

What are Wine Ratings? If you have been following this series for the last few weeks, we have talked about Seeing, Swirling, Smelling, Sipping and Savoring your wine. Hopefully, you have a deeper appreciation of wine and are taking the time to be Zen with your wine; in the moment. Now we are going to talk about likes and dislikes, points and rating systems. Most people take a hedonistic approach to wine evaluation; they drink wine in pursuit of pleasure.…

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