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Call me Ahab.................

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I, Witness

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With thinking we may be beside ourselves in a sane sense. By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.........

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Part 3: One-Minute Mindfulness for Relationships and Love

Donald Altman New World Library ePub

There is no small hello. The greetings we extend are no less vital and awe inspiring than the sunrise that illuminates and warms a new day. A simple greeting is not only a ritual that brings constancy to the day but also a powerful way to manifest love and to affirm that “everything is going to be all right.”

Does your morning greeting spread warmth and support to others? Or does it spread indifference or anxiety? Take a minute to consider the following statements and identify the tone of your greetings.

•    I am grumpy in the morning and want to be left alone.

•    As soon as I wake up, I am thinking about all the things I have to do and already feel the anxiety building up.

•    I don’t usually kiss, touch, or hug others before leaving my home in the morning.

•    When I arrive at work, I am all business. I get right to work and don’t make an effort to talk to anyone other than with a quick “good morning.”

If any of the statements above resonate with you, then you might find that a sixty-second shift in your greetings can build new bridges with those at home and at work.

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Seven: The Sixth Limb: Focus (Dharana)

Showkeir, Maren S. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Settle in the here and now.
Reach down into the center
where the world is not spinning
and drink this holy peace.…

Donna Faulds


Mary was in a room filled with more than sixty yogis, though she might as well have been alone. When she is on her mat, Mary says there is nothing else: “It is me, my mat, and my breath. I am so focused on my practice that I don’t even realize who is on either side of me. After class is over, I look around and think, ‘Oh yeah, there is so and so.’”

In this class, her longtime teacher, Rod Stryker, was talking the yogis through the mechanics of Lord of the Dance pose, natarajasana, an advanced posture requiring great strength, flexibility, and most especially, balance. On the mat next to Mary, a friend wobbled, fell out of the pose, then executed a tuck, tumble, and roll right under Mary’s feet.

Her pose never wavered.

Focus, or dharana, is the sixth limb of yoga. This practice is devoted to bringing a laser-like concentration to one thing—a mantra, the flicker of candlelight, a mental image, or a spot on the wall. This state of deep concentration, when mastered, forces the mind into the now. It is fully present in this place, at this time.

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Murder Me

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It’s Saturday and the campus is quieter than the downtown area, so I go zipping merrily between and around the buildings that once housed the state’s government before it was bundled off to Des Moines, at which time the university acquired the old capital buildings and grounds.There are a few students dozing and reading on the grass, a few basketball games in progress, but the gray skies and approaching weather seem to be keeping most people inside so I have wide sidewalks and mostly clear sailing.

After a grand time careening along the walkways of higher education with only one close call involving an inline skater and a Frisbee-chasing dog, I note that it’s two minutes to eleven, so I turn down a steep path that plummets me headlong into the river valley where I barely make a right in time to stay dry and follow the riverwalk for a quarter mile to a pedestrian bridge that I shoot across at a heady clip followed by a series of hard lefts and some even harder braking to stop on the boat ramp with my front tire in the drink. I am at the boathouse and it’s eleven on the button............ See All Chapters
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Ordinary Super-Powers

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When we are looking at the influence of unseen forces in daily affairs – in the acquisition of a house or a dog, in the rightness of a motorcycle accident, in the writing of a book, in the way the ball bounces or the cookie crumbles – the overarching significance is not that these unseen forces are miraculous powers of the few, but the natural and rightful abilities of all........

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The Uncherished Sword

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22. Song of Childhood

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8. Magical Relationships

Marc Allen New World Library ePub



The human opportunity, the religions tell us,

is to transform our flashes of insight

into abiding light.


We’ve seen these words of Huston Smith earlier (in chapter 5) — it’s one of my favorite quotes, up in big letters on the wall in front of my face as I write these words.

Those great words sum up what he learned from studying Buddhism and other religions for many years. Buddhist teachers often remind us that being born as a human being is a great and wonderful opportunity. This life we’ve been given, this moment, is an opportunity to remember our flashes of illumination, and turn those fleeting memories into lasting inner peace and abiding light. Our peak experiences can lead us to grow into the fullness of who we really are.

We all have this great opportunity — it’s intrinsic to our human body, mind, and spirit. Once you see the opportunity you realize you have the ability to take advantage of it. We have all had flashes of illumination. We have all had moments of enlightenment, when we glimpse the wonder of what is.

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To Live Deliberately

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In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

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Eastern Mediterranean

PhD Patricia Monaghan New World Library ePub

No area holds more significance to the question of women and religion than the eastern Mediterranean, where the world’s three monotheisms were born. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are called Abrahamic religions because all claim descent from the patriarch Abraham. All honor a single, male god. No other world religions have so thoroughly denied the possibility of goddesses. No parallel religion based on a single goddess, exclusive of a male divine figure, has been found.

In addition to the region’s Abrahamic traditions, Zoroastrianism influenced Western religious thought. While monotheistic, it acknowledged semidivine females. Finally, the dualistic philosophy called Manichaeism originated in this area and gave rise to Gnosticism, with its feminine matter and masculine spirit. Although giving primacy to spirit, and thus by implication to the masculine, the Gnostic worldview does acknowledge the power of the feminine. Finally, a short-lived monotheism devoted to the god Aten is considered in the section on Africa.

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Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
Susan Musgrave weaves history, language, and imagery relating to stones into a beautiful metaphor for life in “How Do We Know Beauty When We See It: Twenty Meditations on Stones”.
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Chapter 9: Two Recent Cases of Demonic Possession

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

Stories about possession by evil spirits have always fascinated people, and our own century is no exception. The film The Exorcist, based on an actual case, had numerous reruns both here and abroad. Hostage to the Devil, by the Jesuit father Malachi Martin,1 which recreates six contemporary possession cases, was widely read in this country, and in the German-speaking parts of Europe, the case of a nurse called Magda, described by Adolf Rodewyk,2 also a Jesuit father, has gone through four editions since it was first published in 1965.

Yet demonic possession is not just the stuff of scary stories. As explained before, we are dealing with actual, catastrophic physical and psychological changes, bringing great suffering to the afflicted. To demonstrate the point, I want in the following to describe two recent cases. They show first of all how little the symptoms of the affliction have changed over time, that is, how stable the syndrome actually is, and second, they raise the important question about what role, if any, modern psychiatry and allopathic medicine might play in the cure.

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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.


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.


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


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


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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