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A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

Author note: Edited through Michael Segell
Publish yr note: First released June 4th 2000

Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to provide males a similar reflective e-book that she provided ladies in uncomplicated Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to aid her signify an real male event, a booklet that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo accumulated those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written via a various sampling of fellows, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and global well known rock star.

Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of really provocative essays. from time to time she appears like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree citadel membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside of those deepest moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male adventure, a lofty aim that we have a tendency to withstand. members contain Sting, who talks concerning the distinction among thrill looking and danger taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." experience author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic sickness as his vomited his method via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson

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The slide continued until, by the middle of the following year, he was paralyzed but for some slight movement in one hand, and he had lost the power of speech. He could still blink his eyes. He remained in this state for the next ten years, his few areas of control diminishing slowly until, by the end, all voluntary movement was lost to him. During this time it was often said that he was still teaching his students: hadn’t he reiterated endlessly that the body is of the nature to sicken and decay, and that it is not under personal control?

He saw that the Dhamma itself was the most priceless jewel, which could provide genuine protection and security in life, and yet it was continually overlooked for the sake of the promise of minor improvements to saªs›ra. Over and over he emphasized the usefulness and practicality of Buddhist practice—counteracting the common belief that Dhamma was too high or abstruse for the common person—out of a genuine feeling of kindness for others. His criticisms were not just to break down their childish dependencies 34 f o o d f o r t h e h e a rt on good luck and magical charms; rather, he wanted them to invest in something that would truly serve them.

Yet they spent their time only examining the bottle and reading the instructions. They didn’t follow the doctor’s advice and take the medicine. But if patients actually follow a doctor’s advice and take their medicine regularly as prescribed, they will recover. If they are very ill, they’ll have to f r ag m e n ts o f a t e ac h i n g 45 take a lot of medicine, whereas if they are only mildly ill, only a little medicine will be needed to cure them. That we must use a lot of medicine is a result of the severity of our illness.

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