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3. Musonius Rufus and the Art of Fieldwork

Jules Evans New World Library ePub

MICHAEL IS A FORTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD major in the US Army Special Forces, or the Green Berets as they are known by outsiders. He joined the Rangers when he was thirty-one, and five years later joined Special Forces. Michael first came across Stoicism while training at the Navy SEALs’ SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) school in Fort Bragg in 2001. He says:

We were taught how to survive being tortured, and one of the things we were taught was James Stockdale’s experience in Vietnam, and how he’d used ancient philosophy to cope with his seven years in a POW camp [we’ll meet Stockdale in chapter seven]. Afterwards, I found out more about him online, and gradually became more and more interested in Stoicism. Eventually, I thought we should change our Special Forces training to simply a course in Hellenic philosophy, because so much of Stoicism is about understanding humans and why they make the decisions they do, which is a crucial part of Special Forces operations.

One of Special Forces’ primary missions is training and advising foreign military and political forces. Michael says: “We usually work through other people. That’s one of our mottos — ‘by, with, and through.’ We’re force multipliers. We go into a foreign country, and build, train, and lead a force from scratch. Because of that, one of our most critical skills is understanding human beings. That way, hopefully we can stop fighting before it happens. Stoicism has really helped me understand why people make the decisions they make.” Michael says:

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Chapter 7: Action Planning - Where the Rubber

Jennifer Lee New World Library ePub

Make Your Plan Real with Goals, Strategies, and Action Steps

Now that you have a big vision for your business and you know where you want to head, you may be wondering, “Okay, what’s next?” Well, in order to move forward, you need a plan of action. As a creative person, you may find that structure and planning are not your favorite things. Don’t worry. In this chapter, you’ll learn some simple tools and creative systems for getting into action.

Action makes your Right-Brain Business Plan real. Without action, your business plan is just a pretty piece to look at. Your collage will hang there collecting dust on the wall, your spreadsheet will never see the light of day, and you’ll be wondering why you don’t have more customers and why there isn’t more money in your bank account.

Forget that scenario! You want to bring your plan to life and manifest your business vision soon. By doing the following exercises, you’ll define the specific goals, strategies, and action steps needed to make your vision real. If your Right-Brain Business Plan is the visual map of where you want to go with your business, then the goals, strategies, and action steps are the landmarks, routes, and turn-by-turn directions to guide you to your desired destination.

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Chapter Twelve: Dealing with Stress

Len Saputo and Nancy Faass New World Library ePub

Jerry Stine, N. C.

Jennie could sense that something was wrong. She frequently had insomnia and never seemed to have any energy, whether or not she slept through the night. She was often irritable or edgy. Every winter she cycled through colds, flu, and sinus infections that required frequent courses of antibiotics, which usually resulted in yeast infections. There seemed to be an association between her frequent illnesses and the long, hectic hours she worked and the fact that she often skipped lunch.

When Jennie went in for a checkup, the exam and blood work turned out to be normal. There was no clear-cut pattern that suggested either a diagnosis or treatment. At that point, she decided to see a nutritionist, one who described his approach as functional nutrition, which evaluates the function of systems such as the liver, digestion, adrenal, and thyroid. Functional nutrition includes the use of diet, vitamin supplements, lifestyle changes, and sometimes referral to medication. The goal is to improve the function of whatever system is out of balance.

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Creating Inner Security and Confidence

MFT Linda Graham New World Library ePub


Creating Inner Security and Confidence

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.


IN READING ABOUT less-than-secure attachment styles in chapter 2, you may have noticed that you missed out on some of the experiences that would have naturally encoded resilient coping styles into your neural circuitry. Nearly half of us do. You would have then missed out on some of the experiences that lead to development of what the attachment theorist John Bowlby called the internal secure base, the psychological capacities of resilience that are the outcome of secure attachment. Dan Siegel, creator of the discipline of interpersonal neurobiology, refers to these capacities as FACES: the ability to be flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable. These capacities, whether instilled from the beginning of our brain development or because of skillful rewiring through other relationships later in life, allow us to feel competent and confident as we navigate the bumps and bruises of the world. This base of inner security is a vital protection against trauma. It is also dynamic, more of a flow of processes (a verb) than a solid entity (noun). Neuroscience locates the neural substrate of that internal secure base, as you might expect, in the prefrontal cortex.

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9. Wisdom of Hinduism: Meister Eckhart Meets Ananda Coomaraswamy and Father Bede Griffiths

Matthew Fox New World Library ePub

Meister Eckhart Meets Ananda Coomaraswamy and Father Bede Griffiths

Eckhart’s Sermons might well be termed an Upanisad of Europe.…Eckhart presents an astonishingly close parallel to Indian modes of thought; some whole passages and many single sentences read like a direct translation from Sanskrit.


In Hinduism everything turns to experience. It is the aim of the Upanishads to awaken this experience, and it is the aim of every devout Hindu to have this experience of God.


The divine nature is repose.…Nothing resembles God in all creation so much as repose.


Meister Eckhart’s work has deep resonances with the Hindu tradition. Since it is unlikely that Eckhart read any sacred Hindu texts, this resonance seems to demonstrate, as Jung believes, Eckhart’s deep connection to the archetypal mystical experiences that define Eastern spirituality. It’s also true that part of this interplay can be explained by the Celtic presence among the Middle Age Rhineland mystical movement. In my recent study on Hildegard of Bingen, who was raised in a Celtic monastery on the Rhine River, I note that it is generally believed that the Celts came from India, and many themes common to Celtic spirituality — including a cosmic awareness and an emphasis on the Divine Feminine and on “birthing” — are common to both traditions. Whatever the reasons for this deep resonance, it behooves us to explore it more deeply. The likenesses between Eckhart and Hinduism can assist us in understanding Eckhart’s language and concepts and also help us, in this time of a global and interspiritual practice, to marry more consciously the wisdom of East and West.

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