Over the course of a riveting 75-minute discussion of the birth of Gandhian non-violent activism, I found myself becoming increasingly distressed as I watched students cruising Facebook, checking out the NY Times, editing photo collections, texting, reading People Magazine, shopping for jeans, dresses, sweaters, and shoes on Ebay, Urban Outfitters and J. Crew, reorganizing their social calendars, emailing on Gmail and AOL, playing solitaire, doing homework for other classes, chatting on AIM, and buying tickets on Expedia (I made a list because of my disbelief). From my perspective in the back of the room, while Dalton vividly described desperate Indian mothers throwing their children into a deep well to escape the barrage of bullets, I noticed that a girl in front of me was putting her credit card information into Urban Outfitters.com. She had finally found her shoes!
There is much at stake. Embracing the patterns of victimhood has cost the human race a great deal. Headlines of terrorism, violence, and disaster assault us with increasing frequency. And the mass of victims grows daily. Individuals blame one another. Communities put up walls. Nations blame nations. How can we turn the victim tide, reaching [...]
Any story you tell yourself about who you are, any belief you have, any feeling you are aware of, is only an object of your larger consciousness. You, in your essence, are always something that experiences all these and remains more complete than any of them. When you realize that you are inherently larger than [...]
Civilization’s Cornerstone: Kindness – from the book “Triumph From Failure: Lessons from Life for Business Success” by Alistair McAlpine and Kate Dixey
Kindness is the fuel of civilization, politeness and courtesy its etiquette, its formalities, and dignity its aim. Civilization is about responsibility for your own actions, and it is about tolerating other people’s actions. One person trying to accept another’s habits is the essence of civilization. Kindness typically reserved for the home and loved ones can [...]
Healing Our Wounds – Excerpt From “Letters to Sam” – A Grandfather’s Lessons On Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life by Daniel Gottlieb
Healing Our Wounds By Daniel Gottlieb – Author of Letters to Sam Dear Sam, Shortly after my accident, an occupational therapist introduced me to an anti-gravity device that would help me gain some use of my arms. The therapist strapped me into slings counterbalanced with springs, so my arms were literally weightless. Splints were attached [...]
“The Identity Code” – The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World by Larry Ackerman
This book will introduce you to yourself. Despite what you may have been told when you were a child, you cannot be whatever you want to be in life — you are already what you were meant to be. The secret to uncovering who you are, and your purpose, is built into you in the [...]
What does it mean to have an embodied mind? Can this insight help you in your everyday life? Absolutely. But to understand how, you need to sit back for a moment and think about how your body and mind communicate. Your body is more than a meat vehicle for your mind to cruise around in. [...]
It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you. While someone could tell you that you are not your body, death shows you. While someone could [...]
I was browsing books on amazon.com today and much to my surprise they have packaged O.J. Simpson’s infamous book, “if I DID IT” with Rosie O’Donnell’s up-coming book “Celebrity Detox”. What’s up with this? I don’t really see a connection between these two books or really the audience that they may each attract. It’s like saying if you are buying religion and buying something satanic click here and you can have both for this low low price. Say what?