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Akhtar, Salman Karnac Books PDF




ear is ubiquitous. All of us experience it at one time or another.

The sound of footsteps approaching us from behind in a dark alley, an unexpected visit to the city morgue, eye contact with a large alligator in the zoo, and a precipitous “fall” of a rollercoaster can all give us goose bumps of terror. We shriek, scream, or simply become paralysed with fear. We readily recognise its dark arrival in the pit of our stomachs and feel its movement in our blood.

But do we understand the actual nature of fear? Do we know the purpose it serves? Do we agree upon the circumstances under which it is “normal” to be afraid? And, when does fear become abnormal or morbid? Is fear to be avoided at all costs or can this bitter gourd of emotion be transformed into a sweet mango of cultural delight? Questions like these suggest that fear is simple and self-evident only on the surface. Examined carefully, it turns out to be a complex and nuanced phenomenon.

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8 The Best Arts & Entertainment

Terry Richardson FrommerMedia ePub

Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

Riders at the start of a race at Veliefendi Racecourse. Previous page: Crowds at the parking lot basement at garajistanbul.

Best for Eclectic DJs & Fusion Bands

Babylon 3 eybender Sok (p 127)

Best Venue for an Orchestra

Hagia Eirene Topkapı Sarayı (p 126)

Best Experimental Theater

garajistanbul 11A Kaymakam Reat Bey Sok (p 126)

Best for a Cozy Jazz Night

Nardis 14 Galata Kulesi Sok (p 128)

Best Goal Celebrations

BeIKTA FC Vodafone Arena (p 129)

Best Music for a Summer Night

Cemil Topuzlu Açıkhava Tiyatrosu Harbiye (p 125)

Best Place to Bet on the Ponies

Veliefendi Veliefendi Hipodromu (p 129)

Best for Avant-Garde Bands

Salon IKSV 5 Sadi Konuralp Cad (p 128)

Best Spiritual Experience

Whirling Dervish Ceremony, Galata Mevlevihanesi 15 Galip Dede Cad (p 127)

Best Night at the Opera

Süreyya Opera House 29 Bahariye Cad (p 126)

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Chapter Eight: Stoic Mindfulness of the “here and Now”

Robertson, Donald Karnac Books ePub


Stoic mindfulness of the “here and now”

“Think, before you act, that nothing stupid results; To act inconsiderately is part of a fool”

(Anon, 1988, p. 164)

Thus the Golden Verses of Pythagoras reminded ancient philosophers to be cautious and circumspect at all times. In recent decades, modern CBT has enthusiastically incorporated a range of interventions based upon “mindfulness” meditation practices, particularly in the treatment of depression (Segal, Teasdale, & Williams, 2002). These techniques are designed to heighten self-awareness of one's body, feelings, and thoughts, through periods of meditative contemplation and ongoing practice of self-awareness throughout the day. One of the major influences behind this approach was the stress reduction programme run by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, which is explicitly based on Buddhist mindfulness meditation practices (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Cognitive–behavioural therapists have enthusiastically pointed out the relevance of Oriental mindfulness-based meditation techniques to modern psychotherapy, and the connection with certain aspects of established CBT. However, the notion of “mindfulness”, which is popular in modern Buddhist and psychotherapeutic literature, clearly bears comparison to certain European philosophical concepts. In a recent article on Stoicism's relationship with CBT, McGlinchey rightly observes that the similarities between Stoic and Buddhist thought should be of interest to CBT practitioners “in light of the field's increasing attention to approaches grounded in the Buddhist tradition (e.g., mindfulness meditation), and suggest a greater affinity between Eastern and Western systems of thought than one might initially realize” (McGlinchey, 2004, p. 52).

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The Permanent Interruption and the Multi-Movement Ursatz

Edward D. Latham University of North Texas Press PDF

Tonality as Drama

meaning of musical structure.18 As a result, a more balanced approach—one that includes the examination of text and music in equal proportions—is apparent in several recent opera studies.19 Amid all the attention paid to the music and the poetry, either individually or collectively, drama per se has nonetheless received short shrift, often relegated to a brief plot summary or outline.20 While the method presented in Chapter 2—Stanislavsky’s system of character objectives—is not intended to provide a comprehensive response to Abbate and Parker’s challenge, it attempts to provide a more sophisticated and detailed means of analyzing what characters want, as opposed to what they say or sing. By seeking a method of dramatic analysis that focuses on the successes and failures of individual characters vis à vis their spoken and unspoken desires, the opera analyst can move beyond surface issues of plot to examine character motivations at a deeper level.

The Permanent Interruption and the

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Chapter Two - The Purchase of a Donkey

Corradi Fiumara, Gemma Karnac Books ePub

Coming from opposite directions, at dusk, the two men walking along the main street of Nazareth were both sombre faced, as if they were concerned, worried, uncertain about some major problem, as if not knowing whether what they were planning was plausible or convenient. And so, the carpenter and the miller of the village were walking towards each other and exchanging gestures of greeting while they were still at a distance from one another. The one who was in charge of the village mill was the older of the two men and was dragging along a reluctant, old donkey—both he and his animal looking quite wistful. The young carpenter was walking towards him at a brisk pace, returning at the end of the day from delivering a well polished table, that he had carried on his own shoulders, to a prosperous merchant who lived on the other side of the village—and yet, he seemed concerned.

The two men deep in thought knew each other rather well, although they did not frequently meet, for both worked all day, and were also known for being uncommonly hard workers. They appeared very happy to see one another on that late afternoon, eager to share their concerns and perhaps hoping for solidarity and counsel. The miller was concerned because, after long travail, he had resolved to sell his old donkey to the leather maker who treated the skin of animals to produce saddles, shoes, and bags. He had decided that his donkey was just too old and weak to turn the enormous rotating stone that he used for grinding wheat—a donkey no longer suited for that kind of job. He thought he could not stay in business with that old animal. The hard-working carpenter was also quite concerned on that day: there was a recent order of the Roman emperor ruling over Herod's kingdom of Judaea, intimating that all citizens must report to their own town of origin and register themselves for the purposes of taxation. He did not mind having to walk for days or having to pay heavy tributes; his problem was that his young wife was with child, very close to giving birth, and she could not possibly walk all that distance. The carpenter greeted the miller cordially and then enquired about his sad face and about the donkey that he was strenuously pulling along. The miller gladly opened his heart to the carpenter and told him about his difficult decision. The carpenter sympathised with his decision and then told him in turn that he was concerned about a necessary and long journey with his expecting spouse. “She is young and strong,” the carpenter explained to the miller and added, “Not so long ago she walked for hours and hours over the paths of Galilee to assist and serve a very old cousin who almost miraculously was about to have a baby. An exceptional girl in many ways.” But now the situation was quite different because it was the last month for her. And then the miller started again about his own many business concerns. In the course of the friendly and lengthy conversation, the carpenter was patting the old donkey on his bony shoulders and gently caressing his matted ears. The donkey responded with all the warmth of which he was capable while the carpenter began insistently visualising his young wife comfortably riding on the good donkey all the way from Nazareth to his village of origin, Bethlehem Ephratah of Judaea—several hours south of Jerusalem.

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