Finding Moments of Kindness, Empathy, and Calm

The world seems to be in so much turmoil and discord.  So how can we improve conditions not only for ourselves, but for those around us, and the planet?  Where can we find places of calm within ourselves?

Over the years of hosting the award-winning Moments with Marianne Radio Show, one thing that I have found to be a constant is that we are only able to change our actions and reactions to events, people, or places.

If someone is harsh, rude, or having a melt down, perhaps they are having a rough day that we can’t even begin to understand.  We never know the personal battles and struggles that others go through, what challenges they are facing, or what has brought them to the point of where they are today.

Offering a little empathy, patience, understanding, and silent prayer, can shift the energy of a situation, whether we see it or not.  It’s the little acts that we do on a daily basis that determine the kind of experience we’ll have, and the kind of person we are showing up in the world as.  This colors our perspective of the world, how we view it, and all of the events that take place, either “good or bad”,  as an opportunity for further our personal or professional growth.

Go out of your way to be kind and compassionate towards others, if they acknowledge what you have done or not.  Hold the door open for the person behind you, help a handicap person put their groceries in their car or get a cart, talk to people around you with as much love and compassion as you wish to be treated with.

Together we can all make our experience, and the experience of others a little better every day.  Now doesn’t that change your world?

Make Every Moment Count!


Jason Eastwood of Guitarfulness Celebrates the Release of New Album ‘Living Room Ballads’

Jason Eastwood of Guitarfulness Celebrates the Release of New Album ‘Living Room Ballads’

Jason Eastwood of Guitarfulness” has just released his new album “Living Room Ballads”. His music has been shared around the world to create spaces of calm and relaxation at work, home, yoga studios, meditation centers, spas, and retreat centers. His quest is to raise the vibration of his listeners’ journey and provide beautiful relief from the stresses of the modern planet.

In 2014, outwardly it seemed as though Eastwood was living the dream life, but inwardly everything was unraveling. Seeking a way to cope with the stress, anxiety, and chaos of the music industry, he sought out yoga and meditation as a way to cope. Eastwood began studying healing music from around the world and incorporated this knowledge into his own music. Soon Eastwood was composing and performing this type of music on his handmade classical guitar, often hearing his music called “the most relaxing guitar in the world”.

Music has been shown to have a powerful effect on the mind and can be used as a tool for healing and promoting well-being. Here are a few ways in which relaxing music can promote healing:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety: Listening to music has been shown to have a calming effect and can help to reduce stress and anxiety. A study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that listening to music reduced stress levels by 68%.
  • Improves mood: Music has the ability to evoke emotions and can be used to improve mood. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that listening to soothing music improved overall well-being.
  • Enhances sleep quality: Slow and relaxing music can help to promote a peaceful sleep. A study published in the Journal of Music Therapy found that listening to slow, meditative music before bedtime improved sleep quality.
  • Increases focus and concentration: Music can also help to improve focus and concentration. A study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that listening to music improved cognitive performance.
  • Promotes brain plasticity: Music has been shown to promote brain plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience found that listening to classical music improved cognitive abilities.

Jason Eastwood started playing the guitar at age of 11, and over the last four decades, the guitar has been an extension of his mind, body, and soul. After touring extensively with various musical acts and sharing stages with musical icons such as The Beach Boys, Journey, and Boston, Eastwood completed a Bachelor of Composition and a Master’s in Musicology at Dalhousie University, where he is also an instructor.

Eastwood’s other albums include: One Guitar, Majestic Skies, Wai, Resonating Earth, Singing Tibet @432Hz and Living Room Ballads. Visit his website to listen to his music or for more information

Hay House author Karen V. Johnson, JD, awarded Silver Nautilus Award

‘Living Grieving’ by Hay House Author Karen V. Johnson, JD, is a 2022 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner

Hay House author Karen V. Johnson, JD, was awarded the Silver Nautilus Award for her new book Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss. Based on Karen’s heartbreaking journey of losing her son to a drug overdose, she blends her personal journey through grief with the transformative healing path she discovered along the way.

Karen V. Johnson’s fast-paced professional life came to an abrupt halt when she lost her 27-year-old son to a heroin overdose. Rather than grieve in a way that made people around her comfortable, she did the unexpected. She left her lifetime appointment as a Federal Judge of over 30 years, sold her house and all her belongings, and went on a two-and-a-half-year journey that took her all over the world, finding a healing and spiritual practice along the way.

Karen didn’t think she could ever find her way out of despair, but she found a process that worked – a sacred journey and map through grief and loss that she shares with others so they can heal too. The Hay House, Nautilus award-winning book Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss offers simple-to-use tools to address grief and loss of any kind. Including grief and loss of:

  • a passed loved one
  • a beloved pet
  • a former way of life
  • a job
  • a home
  • a sense of self

Karen V. Johnson, JD, MPH, MPIA, is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center (J.D.), a former Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan, and holds Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Public and International Affairs (MPH, MPIA). Karen is a retired federal administrative law judge who practiced criminal and energy law for more than 30 years and is a former U.S. Army JAG officer, Major, USAR (inactive). Karen has trained extensively in the techniques of Illumination, Soul Retrieval, Extractions of Energies and Entities, Divination, and Death Rites.

It’s not possible to go back to the life we lived before grief and loss, but we don’t have to remain stuck in the overwhelming emotions of guilt, anger, fear, resentment, and despair – a stagnant place of lifelessness. Join Karen and create a new and powerful self-realized life by visiting her website at

…Johnson doesn’t skimp on discussing more practical measures for facing grief. She writes with candor on the challenge of training her mind to meditate, of the power of ‘living consequently,’ and the value of seeking out and welcoming new experiences.” – BookLife Review

Readers enduring bereavement are sure to see themselves in her bleak confessions of anguish and take comfort from her warm encouragement to undertake new beginnings.” – Kirkus Review

Award Winning Film, The Way of Miracles, Now available on Amazon

Award Winning Film, The Way of Miracles, Now available on Amazon

lucid exploration of the fundamental state of existence [which] should convince you that life and existence are miracles” — Dr. Deepak Chopra

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, February 28, 2023  The Way of Miracles, a groundbreaking documentary on holistic healing is now available to audiences through Amazon. Originally released in 2021, and only available through private viewing events, and other limited platforms, this award-winning film is now available to a wider audience via rental and purchase options through Amazon.

This transformative film, produced and directed by debut documentarian Christina Vircillo Bresson, from Three One Creative, reveals the mystery of healing through following the work of holistic practitioner Dr. Mark Mincolla and the experiences of his patients. Blending lessons from traditional Western medicine and ancient holistic systems, this film explores connections between energetic properties of food, thought, and emotion and its effect on immunity, chronic inflammation, and genetic expression of disease. Featuring compelling interviews from celebrated luminaries in the field, including Drs. Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Shamini Jain, Rollin McCraty, Menas Kafatos, and more, viewers discover how to harness the power of healing.

“The Way of Miracles” has won 11 film festival awards, including Best Health Awareness film and recently the COVR Visionary Award.

a groundbreaking [and] a transformative journey…while grounding us in scientific research.” — Dr. Shamini Jain

With its powerful message and beautiful cinematography, The Way of Miracles is a must-see for anyone seeking to unlock their body’s natural potential and learn about the science of holistic healing. Stream the film on Amazon today and experience the transformative power of healing for yourself.

Christina Vircillo Bresson
Three One Creative
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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Laughter Is The Best Medicine


In the Moments with Marianne book club Chicken Soup For The Soul: Laughter Is The Best Medicine by Amy Newmark!

Do you need some levity to help with the ups and downs of life?  Chicken Soup For The Soul‘s latest book Laughter Is The Best Medicine: 101 Feel Good Stories, gives readers an easy way to gain a laugh with short real-life stories.  This is Chicken Soup for the Soul’s first-ever humor collection, and a perfect read for everyone!

Click here to listen to the interview with Amy Newmark!

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The Paradise Table

In the Moments with Marianne book club The Paradise Table: a Kate Grace Mystery by Maryann Ridini Spencer 

Maryann Ridini Spencer follows up with her award-winning novel Lady in the Window with another enticing and empowering page-turner. The Paradise Table, with its touches of divine inspiration, demonstrates how out of heartbreak and loss, and with the love of ohana (friends and family), we can find hope, healing, and understanding.

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Seeing Opportunities in Challenges

When faced with overwhelming bills, relationships difficulties, oppressive bosses, unreasonable clients, over booked schedules, never ending to-do list, aggressive people along our path or difficulties with health, are you viewing these as challenges or opportunities?

While most people would view these as difficulties or life altering events, shifting perspective can not only change how you feel about the situation, but also the outcome.

The world will offer to you, what you choose to see in it

If we ask ourselves  “What am I supposed to learn here?” it shifts the energy of the situation. This moves us from a victim mentality of things happening to us, to one of opportunity, learning and growth. This simple question can change our world. We instantly become inquisitive about the the world around us and move from problem defining into problem solving.  This empowering view is a process that you can get excited about.  How can I shift the energy from where I am to where I want to be?

Reflecting on this phrase can change the energy of what we perceive is taking place, how we react to a given situation and more importantly, what can be learned as we become aware of the bigger picture and step outside of our individual pain or fear. 

In the end, isn’t it all about our perception?  Are we having a good life experience where we choose to see the positive in everything we are faced with, or one that is fraught with individualized fear & pain?  Either way, it’s all a choice.

Make Every Moment Count!