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This Sentence is False

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

It’s mid-afternoon. We’re on the pooldeck at my work table. Maya is napping belly-up in one of the poolside loungers. Maggie spends afternoons with friends at the public pool or in other activities. I’ve already had a heck of a day and was just getting settled back into my comfort zone when Lisa sauntered along and seated herself with such a strained casualness that the effort of not wincing makes me wince. I read the same sentence five times before realizing there’s no point. I maintain my working demeanor for a few more minutes while I enjoy her discomfort. She holds it in for a minute longer than I would have guessed she could........

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AN UNEXPECTED FOX

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
Playful encounters with foxes link Lloyd Ratzlaff to the British essayist Loren Eiseley in “An Unexpected Fox”, as the joy and wonder at such innocent interactions reminds Ratzlaff that “Wonderland is everywhere”: we simply need to take the time to see it.



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22. Song of Childhood

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12. Warriors for Ecological and Economic Justice: Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothy Stang, Karl Marx, David Korten, Serge Latouche, Anita Roddick, and Howard Thurman

Matthew Fox New World Library ePub

Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothy Stang, Karl Marx, David Korten, Serge Latouche, Anita Roddick, and Howard Thurman

The person who understands what I say about justice and the just person understands everything I have to say.

— MEISTER ECKHART

The old economy of greed and domination is dying. A new economy of life and partnership is struggling to be born. The outcome is ours to choose.

— DAVID KORTEN

Why not improve life for the world’s poorest first? Is it so impossible to move business from private greed to public good?

— ANITA RODDICK

Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker [Jesus] appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed.

— HOWARD THURMAN

When Eckhart declares that justice is at the heart of his spirituality, he means it. Why else would he say, “The person who understands what I say about justice and the just person understands everything I have to say”? After all, he, like Jesus and the Buddha, calls us to compassion, and then he declares: “compassion is the same as justice.” Studying Eckhart’s spirituality — as we have done so far through the varied lenses of other thinkers and spiritual traditions — does not suffice. Eckhart did not pursue spirituality in an armchair. He did not speak from a safe and comfortable position of tenure in an academic ivory tower. In fact, as we have seen, he abandoned academia in Paris to work among the people in Germany and elsewhere.

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The Man of Cuautla

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

For years Ursula S., a Swiss painter, had been telling me about a figurine she had inherited from her grandmother. Her uncle had immigrated to Mexico and settled in Cuautla, not too far from Mexico City, and when his new house was being built, the workers came across a perfect little clay sculpture and brought it to him. During a visit to Mexico, Ursula’s grandmother saw it in her son’s house and liked it so much, her son gave it to her. Ursula was familiar with it from early childhood, and when her grandmother died, she inherited it. She finally brought a photograph of it to our workshop in Switzerland in the spring of 1987 (pl. 64).

The man is sitting flat on the ground, his legs apart and bent at the knees. His right hand is on his knee, the left arm is stretched a bit more than the right, and his left hand is placed somewhat to the side of his knee. He wears a feather crown, and his head is slightly tilted back. His tongue is between his lips.

What the Swiss participants told after we did the posture did not suggest any particular experiential type to me, healing, for instance, or divination. If anything, it seemed to be a spirit journey of sorts, but not a very productive one. Urs R. repeatedly saw three “pointed mountains.” Kathrin told about a wall and hearing rocks falling down a stone stairway. Monica had to look down, very deep down, past legs of stone. There were shadows of lions, according to Romana, but they had no manes. She came to a cleft in the earth; it was like a cave, and a shaft of light illuminated two or three more caves. Vrenie turned into a spectator:

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