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About Don Joseph Goewey

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. Director of psycho-social-spiritual agency that developed a mainstream appraoch to helping people face and shift catastrophic situations. Lead executive at Stanford Univerisity's Department of Psychiatry.

Q. Favorite job

A. Facilitating groups

Q. High school and/or college

A. Sequoia High in Redwood City and San Francisco State University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beethoven, Mozart, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and the Chieftians

Q. Favorite movie

A. Milagro Beanfiled War

Q. Favorite television show

A. House

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I love my life and the people in it

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be the change you want to see in the world

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is loving life just the way it is. It is the affirmation and acceptance of the man or woman you are and are becoming, encompassing the whole of you—your failures and successes, your strengths and weaknesses, your joys and sorrows, your positive qualities and those that are not so positive. "Perfect happiness" is a sense of perfection emerging from the imperfections. It is an authentic moment in which the authentic person that is you is felt by you, opens wide in you, and is welcomed into the heart of all that is. Five seconds of this feeling is enough to transform a life.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Paralysis

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Fully present, here and now, wherever I happen to be

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Which" (I have to go for "which hunts" after writing)

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not buying Mircosoft stock when it was first issued

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing and playing the guitar

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children and grandchildren

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Being fearful and unloving

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Being fearless and unconditonally loving

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Internally quiet, fully present and joyfully at peace

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm friendly and I care

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Zorba the Greek

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Jesus of Narzareth. I would ask him for a hug.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. That there's still no playoff system in college football

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Working with people

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Poet

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Inner peace, empathy, and excelling at whatever I do

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. The green smoothie my daughter makes

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Most everything written by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Shakespeare. Then Kazantzakis. Then Ernest Hemingway and Carl Rogers, both of whom ended up on the Modern Library's list of the 100 most important books of the 20th century. They went to high school together in Oak Park IL but were as different as kind is from hard. I deeply love Toni Morrison, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Holmes, and the poets Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Heany, Stafford, Seferis, Willaims, Patchen, Vallejo (especially), Paz, Merwin, Stevens, and Oliver. Actually I love anyone who tries to write anything authentic.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. There is no order to this. They are all equal and this list leaves out a lot: #1. Zorba the Greek, #1. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. #1. A Course in Miracles (by the time I die this book will probably be the true #1) #1. Everything by Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. And #1. Everything by Toni Morrison

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Be prepared to conquer the critic within

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Nice things of an appreciative nature

Q. How did you come to write Mystic Cool?

A. I wrote Mystic Cool to bring neuroscience, psychology and a practical spirituality together in a proven approach to realizing the ordinary genius our brain is intended to generate. The approach involves a fundamental shift in attitude. There is no greater gain in brain function than the attitudinal shift from fear to peace. This is not an opinion; it is neuroscience. Biologically, stress is psychological fear; peace is neurological power. A dynamically peaceful attitude lights up the brain with a fearless intelligence that is immune to stess. The result is a joyful creativity that not only excels, but excels in ways that make work and life intrinsically rewarding.

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