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Foundation, Anasazi Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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THE BUSH ON THE GRAVE

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
While picking chokecherries from a bush growing over an infant’s grave in “The Bush on the Grave”, Lloyd Ratzlaff reflects on the interconnectedness of everything, invoking a God he had left behind with his fundamentalist childhood.
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Epilogue

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Human Adulthood is what all seekers really want, and it’s not silly..............

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Part 2: Yoga

Patricia Monaghan New World Library ePub

T he origins of yoga are lost in prehistory. Archaeologists have found yogalike postures carved on stone artifacts created approximately four thousand years ago in the Indus Valley in what is now Pakistan. But the first writings that describe the path of yoga came from about 200 BCE in the form of the aphorisms and sutras of the Hindu sage Patanjali. These sutras, which give instructions on how to quiet the mind, codified information that had been transmitted orally for a long time.

Both Patanjali and the Buddha, who lived several hundred years earlier, believed that the source of human suffering is the craving for permanence in a universe of impermanence. However, they differed in their belief in the existence of a permanent reality. Patanjali’s yoga holds that there is a material reality, called prakriti in Sanskrit, and a spiritual reality, called purusha. Buddha taught that everything, including what appears to be the spiritual realm, is impermanent.

Yoga is a rich, variegated tradition that appeals to people with a wide range of temperaments and aptitudes. According to yoga, we can never escape the influence of the unconscious by mere intellectual understanding of its contents. The path of enlightenment, or liberation, requires more than an intellectual mode of cognition. It requires the combination of the intellect and the intuitive or other sensory modes of knowing.

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Why Arjuna Fell

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For some people this particular stage of the process is easier, for some it’s harder. Some people have had years to soften to it and slip more or less comfortably into it. Some, like Julie, hit it hard, without warning or preparation, and have a worse time of it than can be expressed by words on the page. This is where people can end up straightjacketed– as does Ahab – or worse.I’m so scared at times I’m practically frozen; frozen with fear, literally sick with fear. What else is up here?Even the air seems too heavy to move. There are parts of this attic I can’t even see into. I can make out large forms, menacing shapes, huge immovable dark objects.There are no demons but these, I now know, but some of these demons I love. That’s the scariest thing. They are me, but they’re not, but they are! My mother is up here. My father is here. My music. Pets, dreams, family, friends. It’s not all bleak and horrible. There are moments; magic, love, beauty. Poems, flowers, songs..............

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Four: A New Path Opens

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

The letter from Adolf Holl concerned my paper about the discovery of the trance postures, which had aroused so little interest at the 1977 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, and which had been in the packet I had sent to his journalist friend. Holl asked if I would be willing to repeat those experiments with European participants. He was preparing a miniseries on world religions under contract with the West German educational television system, the so-called Second German Program. My research, he felt, would demonstrate to the viewers the common experiential base that all religions shared.

It had been a source of great regret to me during the intervening time that there seemed to be no way in which to continue working with the body postures and related trance experiences. So I was understandably elated at Holl’s suggestion and consented with alacrity. Soon after, however, I was beset by serious doubts. With only one series of experiments, how could I be sure that the same results would be achieved again? What if we would both be embarrassed by failure? But feeling that, after all, I had some powerful friends in my corner, I consented anyway and flew to Germany in April 1981.

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In the Kingdom of the Blind

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Why speak at all? Why should the sighted add his voice to the din of unsighted who claim to see, and who, unfettered by truth, are free to tell a better tale?.......

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Part 2: One-Minute Mindfulness for Work and Creativity

Donald Altman New World Library ePub

The act of driving requires our full attention. I know of a woman who drove through her garage door one morning because she was on automatic pilot and didn’t notice that it was still closed! The lapse of a split second can have devastating results. How do you approach your morning drive?

Do you use the morning drive to prepare for the day to come? Is driving a placeholder, a time for fitting in extraneous activities? Do you let the frustrations of the road soak into your body and spirit, filling you with anger or draining you of energy? A one-minute mindfulness approach to driving can improve your emotional tone, stress level, and ability to be open and adaptable.

When I discuss the brain and multitasking in workshops, I often ask participants to share stories about multitasking while driving. Here are a few that stand out: eating soup, with a spoon; putting on makeup and getting dressed; reading the newspaper or a book, even on a busy freeway; simultaneously smoking a cigarette, drinking a cup of coffee, putting on mascara, and backing up the car.

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The Damnedest Thing

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“Well, I looked and I got this whole mess of stuff saying stuff that’s critical about you.” He has around twenty e-mail and amateur reviews printed out. Not bad considering how many I’ve asked him to look through.

“What kind of critical?”

“Some say you’re kind of arrogant,” he answers.

“Okay, that hurts. What else?”.............. See All Chapters
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Epigraph

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Part 4: One-Minute Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being

Donald Altman New World Library ePub

The choices we make every waking minute are a statement of how well we care for ourselves. Morning presents us with an opportunity to cultivate inner hospitality. Even if the morning feels like a frantic blur, small preparations and beneficial activities go a long way toward preparing mind and body for the day ahead.

It’s easy to underestimate all the good things we do for ourselves in the morning. Simply noticing gestures of self-kindness we already practice can be an important step toward developing a greater awareness of our morning care. Use the next minute to take a personal inventory of the six beneficial behaviors that follow:

•    Brushing your teeth, showering, and general hygiene

•    Moving, stretching, and exercising

•    Eating nutritious food

•    Choosing clothes to help you feel good about your appearance

•    Focusing with an intention, a meditation, or a centering practice

•    Minimizing negativity and anxiety-producing stimuli

If you regularly practice two of the body-care and two of the mind-care activities listed above, you are devoting valuable time to your morning care, even if you didn’t think so. Which of the morning practices tend to slide under your radar? How would it feel if you were to find time for these nurturing activities? What obstacles prevent you from doing so?

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Refiner’s Fire

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9. Diogenes and the Art of Anarchy

Jules Evans New World Library ePub

IN FRONT OF THE SOLEMN PILLARS of St. Paul’s Cathedral, a multicolored mushroom patch of tents has sprouted. Businessmen hurrying to the London Stock Exchange ignore the signs covering the columns of Paternoster Square: “The beginning is nigh,” “Say no to usury,” “Kill the policeman in your head,” “We are fantasy.” There’s a man in medieval armor and a Guy Fawkes mask clanking around the tents. Another is carrying a large plastic skull and a banner saying “Dance on the grave of capitalism.” Several people are dressed as zombies (it is Halloween) and are practicing the jerking shuffle of the undead. There’s a food tent, a “tranquillity center,” a makeshift cinema, and a “tent city university” with a full schedule of daily workshops on everything from meditation to well-being economics. This, of course, is the Occupy London camp, or #occupylsx as it’s known on Twitter, one of several anarchist occupations that appeared at the end of 2011 like an outbreak of boils on the face of global capitalism. Mainstream media commentators looked on in scorn, then in wonder, then in genuine confusion: “Who are they? What do they want? What are their demands?”

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Even the Poorest Thing Shines

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..........go to sleep at four a.m. and get up around noon regularly.That’s the schedule I tend to stabilize at when I’m not trying to be normal.So now it’s one in the morning and I’m sitting in the living room sorting through the books, seeing what’s come in since I last spent time looking through the shelves. There are several thousand books in the house, most of them spiritually related to one degree or another, so that, as it happens, the place I most enjoy book browsing is in my own home.That’s on the one hand.On the other hand, most of these books make me cringe with distaste and annoyance and I have an urge to use them to fuel a huge bonfire. In the context of having a wellstocked spiritual library that is amusing to browse, I enjoy it. In the context of not further confusing students already punch-drunk on bogus and conflicting spiritual knowledge,I want to make a pile and light a match.That, for example, is an interesting topic not addressed in a single one of these books that I know of; context.........

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