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Chapter 5. The Hunter-Gatherers

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

The bands, hordes, or groups of the hunter-gatherer type of society are usually small.1 Each one is associated with a particular geographic area, but they do not claim exclusive rights to it. The institution of chiefly power is minimal to nonexistent, and personal property is of modest proportions. Despite the geographic distance between bands, there is communication between them for the exchange of resources and women, and for passing on new religious material, such as songs or stories. Women are equal partners. There is sexual freedom and sexual variety, in addition to permanent marriages. A man is allowed to have several wives. He also has access to potential wives, that is, women whom he would be allowed to marry without violating incest rules, as well as to his brothers’ wives. Women in polygenous households may choose lovers among “permissible” men, as well as from among the husband’s brothers. In addition, a woman can expect to live with a series of husbands during her lifetime, for the marriage rules usually provide that the first husband be considerably older than his wife. Most adult men and also the women are “medicine” people, that is, religious specialists. Older women are especially valued for their knowledge of ritual and may function as advisers during important rites.

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Four: The Third Limb: Postures (Asana)

Showkeir, Maren S. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity
and to be vibrantly alive in repose
.

Indira Gandhi

 

In the last stage of my journalism career, I was lucky enough to work for a newspaper that provided space in the office building for a weekly, hour-long yoga class and paid for a teacher. At 6 P.M. on Tuesday evenings, a dozen or so of us met in a designated conference room, then moved the furniture to create space for our mats.

The class was always in danger of being canceled if our numbers dropped too low. When I would troll my coworkers to look for recruits, I always emphasized the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga postures. Knowing they were a cynical bunch, I would add, “Mark [Roberts, our teacher] sometimes talks a little woo-woo, but you don’t really have to pay attention to that part. Just let it wash over you.”

In actuality, I had no idea how thoroughly I was being soaked. I loved listening to Mark, most especially when he prepared us for savasana. He used exotic terms that I didn’t fully understand, such as pranayama and pratyahara and samadhi. The strange words fascinated me.

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Honoring the Ordinary

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

For years, I could ignore the charges raised against the memoir, just as I could ignore the charges raised against burglary, because I had no intention of committing either offense. But then the circumstances of my life and the sad state of my country prompted me to write a book called A Private History of Awe, which I thought of as an extended essay about my lifelong spiritual search, but which my editor informed me was, indeed, a memoir. When the book was published in 2006, it bore that label on the jacket for all to see. And so, having joined the suspect company of memoirists, I began to take a personal interest in the accusations leveled against this literary form.

The most common accusations often appear in the guise of two blunt questions: How could you write a whole book about yourself? And how much of it did you make up? The questioners assume that a memoir must be an exercise in narcissism, and that it is likely to be dishonest to boot. One can easily find published examples that would justify either suspicion. There has never been a shortage of egotists or frauds, so it’s no wonder that some of them compose and peddle books. Although these two human failings often go together, for the sake of clarity I’m going to separate them, speaking first about the dangers of deceit and then about the dangers of narcissism.

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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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21. The Great Objection

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
I agree. Completely. As poppycocky as you want to say it is, I’m with you. I make no objection to this objection. This theory of everything, C-Rex, is simply, obviously, bullshit. Agreed.

But now, before we address this objection, are there any others? Is there anything else to be said against the C-Rex model other than the fact that it’s too ridiculous to be taken seriously? No, there is not, and this is a very important point. The only argument against C-Rex is that it’s ridiculous. That’s it, that’s the full width, breadth and depth of the argument against the C-Rex model. No facts, no proof, no science, no math, no indisputable knowledge or airtight logic, just the overwhelming unbelievability of the idea that there is no universe outside of consciousness.It’s very hard to believe. That’s the only objection.

That’s a real good thing to understand. Once you understand that, then you can understand how truth can be so unhidden, yet so unfound. It is the sheer unbelievability of C-Rex that protects it from detection. The flipside of this is the total believability of U-Rex, and the fact that everyone unreservedly agrees that U-Rex is reality......... See All Chapters
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2. The Christ of the Cosmos: Meister Eckhart Meets Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry

Matthew Fox New World Library ePub

Meister Eckhart Meets Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry

The cosmic sense must have been born as soon as humanity found itself facing the frost, the sea and the stars. And since then we find evidence of it in all our experience of the great and unbounded: in art, in poetry, and in religion.

— TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

Every being has its own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe. Every being enters into communion with other beings.

— THOMAS BERRY

All creatures are gladly doing the best they can to express God.

— MEISTER ECKHART

The first chapter held up awe and wonder as the starting point of our spiritual journey, but Rabbi Heschel reminds us: “Wonder is an act in which the mind confronts the universe.” It is the universe itself that awakens our wonder. Without this cosmic reverence, we are lost, we are adrift, we are set up for detours and the worship of strange idols. Heschel warns us: “Forfeit your sense of awe and the universe becomes a market place for you.” In other words, to abandon our capacity for awe and wonder is to set up a strange religion of marketplace cosmology. Consumerism replaces the universe. Who can deny that this happens in our world today, as the media, its chief preacher, shouts its wares with incessant advertising 24/7?

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12. Aristotle and the Art of Flourishing

Jules Evans New World Library ePub

AS I APPROACHED THE COMPLETION OF THIS BOOK, I decided I needed to get up from my desk and stretch my legs. I set off one May morning to walk the Camino de Santiago, the old medieval pilgrimage route that weaves (in its most popular route, the Camino Francés) for 780 kilometers across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage had once been an expression of the unity of Christendom: travellers from all over Europe found a common identity as pilgrims, and a common goal in Santiago. In the modern age, the Camino has been revived by the European Union as a symbol of Europe’s cultural, economic, and fiscal unity — although as I walked through Spain, the Eurozone seemed to be collapsing. Today, few pilgrims really think that walking the Camino will give them an express pass through purgatory, as their medieval counterparts believed. But for some, walking the Camino is still a serious act of religious devotion. I met one intense young Englishman called Arthur, a recent convert to Catholicism, whose eyes burned with terrifying ardor. He described himself as a professional pilgrim. One day he’d walked eighty kilometers before collapsing and sleeping in a field. I asked him what he’d do when he reached Santiago. “I want to do another pilgrimage,” he said. “A proper one this time.”

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27. From The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
In his shack was an old beaten-up armchair, an old scratched table, an old mattress, some cushions and a stove that was small but warm. He stood up and found a glass that was lying on the floor by the mattress. He poured in a measure from his whisky bottle. He sat again.

“Perhaps some other people are coming to see me,” he said.

The door opened.

“Hello?” said the man.

“Ah, excuse me,” said Zarniwoop, “I have reason to believe…”

“Do you rule the Universe?” said Zaphod.

The man smiled at him.

“I try not to,” he said. ................. See All Chapters
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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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Introduction: What Is Meditation?

Patricia Monaghan New World Library ePub

Meditation means many things to many people. To some, it means simple relaxation; to others, a deep blissful surrender to the divine. To some, meditation means rigorously following a prescribed path; to others, it means exploring a path unique to the self.

Meditation can be any or all of these things, but however it is defined, it is always a practice. Whether that practice means sitting still or moving, reading inspirational words or emptying the mind of all words, meditation is something we do. This book will present you with many ways to meditate, but you will not know what works for you until you put the practices into action.

Meditation involves choice. You choose to be present — now, now, now, and now. Meditation is a practice of training your attention by focusing it on something in the present moment, such as a flower, a candle, a sound, or your own breath. Through the practice, the mind settles down.

Meditation is not a religion. It is not a doctrine or something to be acquired. Meditation is play rather than work. While you are playing, your mind is open. As long as you practice with a lightness of approach, you will experience freedom from desire and ambition.

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ACT I: GEMINI

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

Dibs on the yellow rattle.

SIS

My crime is that I am free and my punishment is freedom. That is the worst thing of all. We dream of freedom but freedom is a curse. Better to be locked in a box where every action is significant, where every sound echoes in time, where every decision changes everything, safe from freedom, safe from the thoughts that set one free. We must live in boxes or we float off into space where no act can ever make a mark.

BRO

Oh my gosh, are we even related? Look where we are!

We're in eternity's carnival. You can do anything; ride any ride, play any game, do whatever you want. Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you shall pop like a snot bubble. It's not a prison of hopelessness and despair, it's a magnificent carnival with free admission and no rules. You can't stay forever, but you're here now, all shiny and new and ready to make a great big mess. Surely you can set aside your infantile need for meaning and just play. You can play, can't you?

SIS

You're very sweet to try and cheer me up…

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A SNAKE STORY

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
With one sharp motion and two pin-prick marks on his ankle, Steven Lattey’s world is turned upside down in “A Snake Story”. After a torturous journey to the hospital and a painful recovery, Lattey fixates on his escape from a premature death.



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ACT V: ANATTA

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

ACT V: ANATTA

Transition music, sung by kids:

WHILE THE MOON HER WATCH IS KEEPING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHILE THE WEARY WORLD IS SLEEPING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

O'ER THY SPIRIT GENTLY STEALING

VISIONS OF DELIGHT REVEALING

BREATHES A PURE AND HOLY FEELING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

SETTING

Semi-rustic cabin interior, messy, lived in. The space is softly lit with candles and lamps. Entry door and stone fireplace audience left where a fire burns. Rocking chair beside the fireplace and a couch facing it. Audience right, kitchenette, hall and bathroom out of view. Nearby a telephone stand with an old black rotary phone and a wall mirror. Downstage audience right, a small dining table used as a messy desk, littered with paper in sheets and crumpled balls, water bottles, coffee cups, etc, a laptop on one end and a printer on a chair, a desk lamp lights the laptop and more debris. A waste basket is overflowing and surrounded by crumpled paper.

CHARACTER

Julie: Thirty-ish female. Frazzled. Thin. Wears loose jeans and a baggy sweater, unkempt, no make-up, bare feet. Long messy hair.

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Seven: The Many Faces of Divination

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

Divining is as old as humanity. The hunters developed it as a ritual to discover the location of game, a matter of vital importance to them. As other types of societies arose, divination was adapted to the changing circumstances, but it continued to serve important societal goals. It is regrettable that in the Western world divination has been decried as irrational, antirational, or a fraud perpetrated on the ignorant and the superstitious, because divination is not that at all. It is soothsaying, that is, revealing the truth. What the diviner does is uncover to his clients some hidden truth about themselves, or about what is going on around them. There are certainly situations in everyone’s life where such insights could be of overriding importance. This is why within and outside the Western orbit, divining continues to play an important role, exposing that which is hidden, soothing anxiety, and aiding in decision making.

In Western-type societies, ours among them, quasi-mechanical means such as tarot cards are frequently employed for “fortunetelling.” However, the repository of much of divinatory knowledge is the alternate reality, and access to that treasure trove can best be gained in trance, and in the appropriate posture.

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12. The Evil Demon

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
The Evil Demon

Am I so dependent on the body and the senses that without these I cannot exist? But I had the persuasion that there was absolutely nothing in the world, that there was no sky and no earth, neither minds nor bodies; was I not, therefore, at the same time, persuaded that I did not exist? Far from it; I assuredly existed, since I was persuaded. But there is I know not what being, who is possessed at once of the highest power and the deepest cunning, who is constantly employing all his ingenuity in deceiving me. Doubtless, then, I exist, since I am deceived; and, let him deceive me as he may, he can never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I shall be conscious that I am something. -Rene Descartes

THE EVIL DEMON COMES TO US from Descartes. In coming up with the cogito, he concluded that an Evil Demon could deceive him about everything except that he exists. He has to be correct about the fact that he exists in order to be deceived by an Evil Demon, so that’s the one thing an Evil..... See All Chapters

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