According to the Happy Planet Index, Bangladesh ranks 8th among 140 countries. Just for comparison, the USA, where I live, ranks 108. How is this possible that a place plagued by a high density of population, poverty, halting traffic, uncertainty and low life expectancy be so….happy? There seems to be no reason to be happy… Read More Happiness as Defiance in Bangladesh
The practices of yoga and social work both encourage maintaining an attitude of non-judgemental judgment. This requirement feels like Kant’s demand for an “disinterested interest” in the judgments of beauty. Suffering, care, and beauty all depend on our ability to notice what is happening without forcing theoretical preconceptions. Practicing this attitude of noticing without prejudice… Read More Non-Judgemental Judgement?
I found a bench for myself and began gnawing greedily at my snack. It did me a lot of good; it had been a long time since I’d had such an ample meal, and I gradually felt that same sense of satiated repose you experience after a good cry. My courage rose markedly; I was… Read More Hunger, courage and a snack in Oslo
Last weekend our yoga book club met to talk, practice, eat, watch a documentary and talk some more. The three hours flew by. Jacqueline lead us through a beautiful asana practice inspired by mantras from the book. We talked about the difference between ambition and greed, between pain and suffering. We talked about what we… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday: Book Club Workshop and Eats
I am a self-proclaimed food philosopher. Maybe I’ll be able to convince a few others of my suspicion after “How to Eat Bittermelons and Brownies: Recipes from a Philosopher Mom” is complete. Until then, I am an unverified food philosopher and an imperfect but verified mom. I used to be a design historian and secretly… Read More Me, a hungry philosopher?
The mother does not engineer her child’s intrauterine development, but she influences it enormously through her lifestyle and her sensitivity, her anxieties, appetites and attitudes, her history and her constitution. Who she is, and the physical and emotional environment that she herself inhabits, affects the nature and the quality of the sanctum that she provides… Read More Having an Idea – Guy Claxton
The first sentence in Rae Katherine Eighmey’s book, Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times, begins– “Abraham Lincoln cooked!” The words leapt off the pages of my sixty-nine-year-old copy of Rufus Wilson’s Lincoln Among His Friends. I could hardly believe what I was reading. Yet there it was. Phillip… Read More Happy President’s Day from Lincoln’s Kitchen
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. —- President Donald Trump, Inauguration Speech, 1/20/2017 What do the posters tell us about the Women’s March? As it evolved from post-election despair, I hoped that the Women’s March would become an affirmation of unity instead of a flat rejection of… Read More Amplifying: Visual Strategies of the Women’s March
Hello, fellow yogis engaged in self-study! This week my notes are about the first 4 chapters of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater. Spiritual Seeking Whether we seek something called spirituality, holiness, or enlightenment, the route to it is through our humanness, complete with our strengths and our weaknesses, our successes and our failures…. To… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club Notes 2
Welcome to the yoga bookclub hosted by Community Yoga in Indiana! Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater (Berkley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2000) For more information on Judith Lasater herself and quick background, look up her website: http://www.judithhansonlasater.com/ [The notes relate to the first edition. I recently got the… Read More Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club Notes 1