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In all my years of recording I have never seen so many people buy a new album over and over again to give it away. One person bought 50 copies, another 30. And so many folks have come back to my website again and again to buy more for friends they felt would love the album. Iím hoping that many of you will do that for gift giving this Holiday Season. I honestly cannot think of another gift you could give which someone might love for years and years. Think back to the songs and the albums that have meant a lot to you in your life. And how you can still listen and feel good about life when you hear those songs today. That is what I envisioned and what I know is happening for those who have this new album.

Holiday Gifts ~ Iíve set up a couple of options for you this season. If you buy 3 or more CDs, you may choose another CD for free. You can see the instructions on my Special Holiday Offers link. Also, Iíve been creating short 10-minute guided meditation recordings that are receiving such good feedback and response. Several people have written me to let me know that my Restful Sleep meditation has truly helped them to fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly. And others have let me know that my Peaceful Breaths meditation has relieved stress and anxiety in their lives and helped them to feel more centered and well. If you purchase a CD on my website, you may ask for either one of these meditations and Iíll email it to you right away.

Meditation ~ Next week will be my two year anniversary of beginning to meditate regularly and consistently. My life has been so much richer and more peaceful since ó and it began almost immediately after starting to meditate. I do hour long guided meditations and I know that when you are just getting started that may seem like an impossible amount of time. Thatís why Iíve created these shorter ones to help you get started and to stay with it long enough so that you feel the gifts start to come.

Someone wrote me last night and said sheíd been encouraged to begin because of my frequent writing about meditation. For five months she has meditated and I loved the simple way she described her results; ďWhat you say is so true ó it will change your thought patterns.Ē That may not seem particularly profound to you until you start to realize that our days are filled with negative thoughts; What is wrong? What might be wrong later? Did someone criticize me? Am I not good enough? I wish I wasnít fat. Iím frightened by what is going on in the world. ~ It goes on and on. And I will not tell you that I never have those thoughts, but almost immediately after starting to meditate they began to recede. And when you start to notice yourself waking up happier and more peaceful in your heart, you will know that it was the communion with your own soul ó which is what meditation is ó that did it. If you wish to pray, you will never in your life pray more beautifully and gratefully than after clearing your heart and mind through meditation and coming to prayer as a very natural expression of your gratitude.

Concerts ~ I just played a really enjoyable concert in Seattle last month and the week before last, I played two concerts in Southern California. One was a private concert. Private concerts are a big part of how I am able to survive with music as my livelihood. All my concerts are a joy and all of them are uplifting and filled with good will, but these private concerts are particularly special. People in all parts of the US have bring me in to sing in their home or some venue they have arranged, and I sing and tell stories to their family and their closest friends. I feel like I have walked into a rare and sacred space every time. If you are ever interested in my Private Concerts, check the link under my Concerts menu.

I would love to do performances in many regions of the US in this next year. I need help doing that though. Iím a one man operation and while I can rent halls and put on my own shows in some cities, generally, I need someone else to do that for me. Some existing venue or concert series or promoter. It is most helpful to me if you actually have an inside-track to one of these. If you are a part of creating shows or want to do so, or you know someone who does that and may really listen to you when you suggest that they bring me in for a concert, that is the most helpful thing for me. On occasion, Iíve had people get in touch and say that they want to produce a show in their community themselves. Iím thrilled for that to happen and will do my best to offer you some guidance if that interests you.

How can I reach you? It is SO very important to me to be able to send you an email for concerts and events and new music. Facebook is not enough. My mail list is large, several thousand names and addresses, but probably a third of those bounce back. So if you did not receive an E-letter from me this last week of November, that means I DO NOT have your current email address. I really do need that, so please email me at mt@michaeltomlinson.com or click on my mail list link and sign up again. I never share your information.

Our country, our people, our healing. For me, this election was extremely painful. I say that with respect for you if it was not so for you. If we are not honest and forthright, we do not as likely come together in a loving and kind and intelligent way. I believe in humanity and I know that I play a part, as you do, in all that comes to this world. What I wish for us all is a softer way with each other. I wish for us to breathe and pause now and again before we speak, even if we are being yelled at. Especially if we are being yelled at. Because we are not here to test each other, to challenge each other, to criticize and judge each other. We are here to accept each other and to come to kindness and compassion again and again and again and to love each other, no matter how many times in our life we have failed. So I wish for us as a nation and for all humans and living things to inhale and exhale and remember kindness. It is worth holding in your intention, no matter how opposite it may seem that the world actually is. We just keep loving and forgiving and holding a vision for the unlimited expression of creativity and kindness and love everywhere. There is no better way.

I hope you have a loving Holiday Season and coming winter. If you have not yet listened to House of Sky, I truly believe it is a wonderful gift awaiting your attention. One of my closest friends said to me about it, ďI realized the other day that when ever I listen to the songs on House of Sky, I love myself more.Ē That is where it all starts, my friends. Take good care of yourselves and donít forget to take some deep breaths.

Your friend in breezy Seattle,
  
~Michael

   

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