John Ratliff’s poem about the “Bizzy Beez” brought a number of images and thoughts to my mind. The first being an artistic  photograph created by Barbara’s God-daughter, Nicky Follett, who lives in England. She has a gift for capturing nature’s images, and in particular animals in the wild. This post includes two super photographs courtesy of Nick Follett.

John’s poem also reminded me of the importance of daily meditation.

The brain is our last medical frontier. It has long been a mystery, and it is masked in myths. We long believed – erroneously – the brain was set from birth and could not be healed when injured by trauma or a dementia.

Now we know differently. A brain can repair itself through neurogenesis. This is attributed to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to generate and reorganize “synaptic connections,” especially when learning or following injury at any age.

While we are far from a pharmaceutical solution for dementias, there are easy measures healthy adults can take. Leading physicians and researchers believe adopting tenets of the Mediterranean lifestyle can measurably improve brain function. One of them is meditation, simply a means to cool the brain for 20 minutes each day, whether through prayer, yoga or focused breathing. There are many other ways to meditate, and the challenge is to find what works for you.

My third thought came from the musical part of my brain. I recalled a beautiful song by Cat Stevens (now  Yusaf Islam). The song is titled Father and Son…………………..thanks for reading our stories…………..Mike

It’s not time to make a change
Just relax, take it easy
You’re still young, that’s your fault
There’s so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy

I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy
To be calm when you’ve found something going on
But take your time, think a lot
Why, think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow
But your dreams may not

Bizzy Beez

meditate

to alleviate

that hampster wheel

we all  feel

let go

step off

breathe deep

breathe slow

the bizzy beez

thrum

like a drummer boy’s drum

a rumpa bump bum

all in good time

things will get done

like a drummer boy’s drum

pa rum pum pum pum

all in good time

things will get done

like a drummer boy’s drum

pa rum pum pum pum

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