I’m super excited to share with you my new book!

I’ve just published my new book 5 Steps to a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy YOU! through music, the mind, and meditation. Now available in Paperback and Kindle download at Amazon.com.

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The book and the broader project that the book comes from, HappyHealthyWealthy.Me, is dedicated to helping you improve, recreate or totally transform your life in the areas of your body, mind, spirit, emotions, and relationships. You can also sign up for the HappyHealthyWealthy.Me newsletter here, where I’ll share key information, practices and techniques that can support you as you use the book to create all that you desire in your heart, all that you can imagine in your mind, and all that your soul inspires.

Check out the beginning of the book at Amazon.com.

I hope it serves you well and I’d love to hear your comments and experiences as you go through the process. You can stay in touch through this blog or my email: ben@benkoen.com.
To a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy You!
Ben

6 Responses

  1. Alan Kemerer

    Ben,
    I’m looking forward to reading and learning. I have a daughter who’s a music therapist.

    Sincerely,

    Al Kemerer Carrollton, Ohio

  2. Benjamin Koen

    Hi Al!

    Glad to hear it–I hope the book serves you well and I’d love to hear about your experience with it. Did you get the paperback or kindle version? I’m interested to see how people work with these versions. I’m also planning an audio book soon as well.

    All the best and stay in touch!
    Ben

    • Al Kemerer

      I have both.
      My daughter got her music therapy degree from FSU.

      I believe a audible app version and a dvd showing a meditative session would be well received.

      I personally am interested in applying the neuroplastic aspects to possibly avoid Alzheimers myself while helping my 100 year old mother who was diagnosed with early stage at 95.

      I’d also like more information on how to decide on particular music to enhance ones life. I’ve mostly gravitated towards classical, Dixie land, and jazz while embracing some current instrumental and vocal such as Rush.

      Sincerely,
      Al

      • Benjamin Koen

        Hi Al!

        Happy to hear from you and thank you so much for the great suggestions! I have an audio book version planned, as well as some videos that can accompany the book and future books that are in the pipeline. A mobile app would be great as well and it’s definitely something I will do as I complete the business structure around my work.

        Feel free to pass on my contact info. to your daughter if you think she’d be interested–maybe I met her during my tenure at FSU. Is she practicing music therapy now? I could keep her in the loop of work I’m doing and other programs and conferences.

        About the potential benefits of music with respect to neuroplasticity, brain function, and preventing Alzheimer’s–there are a few things to mention here at the outset:

        1. Actively listen to different kinds of music from all over the world. The key here is “actively” listening as opposed to passively listening. If you find some music you don’t like, ask yourself “why?” and see if you can identify the reasons in the sounds, instruments, lyrics, or other senses you experience…but don’t stop there, listen again to it and to other music of the same genre but different musicians so you don’t write that music off altogether too quickly. Do you have the same feeling or is it different? Perhaps if you learn about the meaning in the music for the local performers, your experience would be different. It’s also quite possible you simply aren’t into a particular kind of music, just don’t be too quick to decide 🙂

        2. Actively listen to your favorite kinds of music and listen at deeper levels than you have previously. Learn the music in any way you can: sing along to the melody; then other parts of the music–can you hear each instrument and sing its part? Can you hear the harmonies and sing them? Can you sing along with the improvisations? Try it! It’s great fun! And if you play an instrument–learn parts or all the songs you love on your instrument. If you don’t play an instrument, use your voice like an instrument and sing along to each part as if your voice were that instrument (drums, guitar, sax, bass, violin, fiddle, voice, samples sounds…anything and everything) like you’re Bobby McFerrin 🙂

        3. Learn an instrument: If you already play an instrument, consider taking it to the next level, either through lessons with a teacher, or self-learning. If you play an instrument pretty well already, one of the best things to do is to play any song you love on your instrument and enjoy the experience of learning and playing with all your heart, brain, body, and mind. Overcoming musical challenges is great fun and then getting to the point of making music with the songs you’re learning is a profound and wonderful experience.

        4. Improvise: with your voice, your instrument (if you play), and your body in dance.

        5. Use your body with music to dance freely in any way you feel naturally and are inspired by different kinds of music.

        There is much more that these five, but this is a start and they also will enhance your life in many ways. To go deeper into enhancing your life through music, you can pay close attention to the effect music has on you at different times and also ask yourself if there is a specific area of life you want to enhance? Is there? This can help us find music that can best help you meet this purpose.

        Thanks Al and looking forward to hearing from you again!

        Ben

        • Al Kemerer

          Ben,
          Yes Valerie is presently at Heartland in Massillon, Ohio.

          I played cornet/trumpet, little drums through the 70’s. Messed a little with four string guitar. My dad played that, 6 string acoustic but mostly drums.

          Was the only Suzuki dad with both my daughters never missed a lesson, lots of “Twinkle Twinkle” with variations. Picked up a little piano.
          Played for fun and money through College mostly dixieland and jazz, few town bands and filled in occasionally. Some when working for Ford Louisville, My. We had group of employees got together but some what hampered by clarinet organizer limited portfolio tried using fake books but he couldnt read well. Participated some in mini Peninsula, Ohio jazz at Library get together four times a year started by Moe Klippert ex manager of Firestone rubber plantations. He had Rubber City Retreads played Albert system Clarinet, go sign in he then put together groups quite a wide variety of talents and skills. One of best 12 string banjo players I’ve ever heard attended.

          Believe you would find audible book Eat the Frog-Brian Tracy informative for ideas. Also Napoleon Hill, Covey, Earl Nightengale, Dwyer, Cousins, and Peale. Nightengale started with records then later believe co-founded company to promote other audio approaches.
          I will see if I can find horn and maybe make a sound.
          Later
          Al

  3. Benjamin Koen

    Hey Al!
    Great to hear you’re going to consider getting the horn out again! I love all the authors you mention–my father was an avid reader, a physician, innovator, speaker of many languages and a real Renaissance man of sorts–and he loved all these authors and exposed me to them at a young age–a great gift in my estimation.

    Keep me posted on your adventures in music as I work on the audio book, meditations with music and more.

    In the meantime, I’d love it if you could sign in to your Amazon account and write a brief review of my book. There are three 5-star reviews already and I hope to expand them as I build the business around my work.

    Many thanks!
    Ben

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