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

By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

Author note: Edited via Michael Segell
Publish 12 months note: First released June 4th 2000

Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to provide males an identical reflective e-book that she provided ladies in basic Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to aid her signify an genuine male adventure, a ebook 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 amassed those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written by way of a various sampling of guys, 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 relatively provocative essays. now and then she seems like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree citadel membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside those deepest moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male event, a lofty aim that we have a tendency to withstand. individuals comprise Sting, who talks in regards to the distinction among thrill looking and possibility taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." event author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic illness as his vomited his approach via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson

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This is rather a lovely evening—isn’t it? The sun is on the leaves. There is a nice light on the leaves, and there is the gentle movement of the branches; and the light of the setting sun is coming through the leaves and through these woods. And somehow all that beauty is unrelated to our daily living; we pass it by, we are hardly aware of it; and if we are, we just glance at it and go on with our particular problem, our endless search about nothing! And we are incapable of looking either at that light on those leaves, or of hearing the birds, or of seeing clearly for ourselves non-fragmentarily, not in isolation, the totality of this issue of human existence.

The reaction which sees and does not translate what it sees in terms of its own conditioning—that is one kind of reaction; that is the real action. And the other kind of reaction is that which sees and says, “That is beautiful, I must have it,” that reaction is the response of its own conditioning, memory, of its own self-pity, of its own desires, and all the rest of it. So please see the difference between these two. Bombay, 5th Public Talk, March 4, 1962 Collected Works, Vol. XIII, pp. 141-2 In that state of mind which is reacting, can you observe anything?

And most of us give our minds to so many things. That is why we live a fragmentary life— thinking one thing and doing another; and we are torn, contradictory. To understand something, one must give not only one’s mind but one’s heart to it. Madras, 1st Public Talk, December 16, 1964 Collected Works, Vol. XV, p. 6 So we are dealing not only with action, but also with compassion, because action has within it compassion. Most of us do not think completely, but fragmentarily; what we think at one level is contradicted by our thought at another level.

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