Who am I, again?

Author: Lenny Henry

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571342620

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1502

HOW DO YOU BEAT THE BULLIES AND THE BIGOTS? HERE'S HOW. The heart-breaking, inspirational (and very funny) story of the man who overcame so much, and won a very special place in a nation's heart. 'A proper delight to read: honest, revealing, human, and always, at its heart, funny.' NEIL GAIMAN *** In his long-awaited autobiography, Sir Lenny Henry tells the extraordinary story of his early years and sudden rise to fame. Born soon after his Jamaican parents had arrived in the Midlands, Lenny was raised as one of seven siblings in a boisterous working household, and sent out into the world with his mum's mantra of 'H'integration! H'integration! H'integration!' echoing in his ears. But 1970s Britain was a hard place, and a bewildering experience for a lone black teenager. A natural ability to make people laugh came in handy. At school it helped subdue the daily racist bullying. In the park, it led to lifelong friendships and occasional snogs. Soon, it would put him on stage at working men's clubs and Black Country discotheques -before an invitation to a TV audition changed his life for ever. ***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week***


Author: Sirshree


ISBN: 8184154941

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 168

View: 8225

In recent times, the practice of mindfulness has been gaining a lot of momentum. Mindfulness is the practice of observing the breath, noticing the body sensations, and watching the mind. Through this book, you will learn a simple yet powerful method of not only watching the mind, but of moving beyond mindfulness into the no-mind state. This is done through the power of four words: WHO AM I NOW? Self Enquiry is an ancient practice for attaining Self realization. However, with the passage of time its finer nuances have gone missing and it has become one of the most misunderstood of practices. Presented in a profound yet simple Q/A format, this book presents Self Enquiry – with Understanding. Understanding is the crucial element that helps you to recognize the missing links and gain the knowledge of Self, which in turn facilitates in reaching your true self, easily and definitively. “Who am I?” is the question asked in Self Enquiry that will lead you to the experience of the Self. And “Who am I Now?” is a unique method that will help you stay in that experience, in and through your daily affairs. This will dismantle the daydream of who you believe yourself to be and enable you to get established in the experience of pure consciousness. Amazement and eternal bliss awaits you!

The Mindful Librarian

Author: Richard Moniz,Joe Eshleman,Jo Henry,Howard Slutzky,Lisa Moniz

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 008100561X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

View: 5524

The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship explores mindfulness, approaching it in such a way as to relate specifically to the many roles or challenges librarians face. Coinciding with the increased need to juggle a variety of tasks, technologies, ebooks, and databases, the new Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy, and the challenges faced by solo librarians in school libraries which have suffered cutbacks in help in recent years, the time is exactly right for this publication. The authors hope to be helpful in some small way towards improving the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs. The loftier goal would be to create a new lens from which to view librarianship, having a transformative impact on readers, and opening a new dialog within the profession. The topic of mindfulness is not new; it has been connected to various religious traditions in a wide variety of ways for centuries, most notably Buddhism. In the latter part of the 20th century, however, a secular version was popularized largely by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his work on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts’s Medical School. The medical benefits and the overall quality of life improvements from its adoption have exploded in recent years, in particular, the last two decades which have seen mindfulness traditions incorporated into education to a greater degree and with very positive results. Presents the only current LIS book that covers this topic in a way that applies directly to librarians Provides a topic that will be appealing to librarians, as it speaks to the pressures of budget cuts and consumer culture being felt across the academy Seeks to improve the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs

What God Doesn't Know

Author: The Messenger

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1483496236


Page: 140

View: 5817

Are you a seeker enjoying the journey of collective awakening? Or perhaps you are just beginning and haven't found your path, still living a life of doubt and fear. But whether you are an experienced seeker or a novice, we are all searching for fulfillment. What God Doesn't Know guides you to a direct experience of truth through your own meditation. It is a living book, and as you contemplate and reflect on each chapter, you should be encouraged to make your own direct experience of knowledge and truth, pick up the tools that you need for your journey, and evolve. Whatever your unique path, What God Doesn't Know can help you learn how meditation can lead to transformation and enlightenment, offering you the key to self-empowerment and self-healing. In the end, you will be able to trust and have faith in spirituality, using the power of mindfulness not only to transform and heal, but also to discover gratitude and unification of body and soul.

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life

Author: Dennis Lewis

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834824124

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 226

View: 1333

This book will show you how being aware of your breathing can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional health in a most positive way. Whether you are interested in stress reduction, easing a chronic breathing problem, or exploring the more spiritual aspects of breathing practice, this illustrated guide will provide you with practical, simple exercises to calm, energize, and generally enhance your sense of well-being. The author, Dennis Lewis, also shows how becoming more conscious of your breathing can reveal a lot about your self-image and help you deal more effectively with difficult emotions and situations.

Practical Zen

Author: Julian Daizan Skinner

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 0857013211

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4748

Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner guides the reader through a sequence of meditation techniques that can safely lead even a complete novice through to advanced levels. Based on his own long experience of the Rinzai Zen tradition, as taught by the great seventeenth-century masters, Hakuin and Bankei, Daizan highlights the key points for success and addresses the pitfalls. Structured around a traditional teaching framework called "The two wings of a bird," Daizan clearly lays-out how these methods build and combine to create a transformative and sustaining practice. The book contains an extremely useful section describing the experiences of western practitioners who have successfully applied this framework within the pressures of modern life. The final section features key source texts in translation, making the book a complete introduction and guide to Zen meditation. The work of a master, the book speaks at a deep level, with utmost simplicity.

Fictional Characters, Real Problems

Author: Garry L. Hagberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191024813

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 541

Literature is a complex and multifaceted expression of our humanity of a kind that is instructively resistant to simplification; reduction to a single element that would constitute literature's defining essence would be no more possible than it could be genuinely illuminating. Yet one dimension of literature that seems to interweave itself throughout its diverse manifestations is still today, as it has been throughout literary history, ethical content. This striking collection of new essays, written by an international team of philosophers and literary scholars, pursues a fuller and richer understanding of five of the central aspects of this ethical content. After a first section setting out and precisely articulating some particularly helpful ways of reading for ethical content, these five aspects include: (1) the question of character, its formation, and its role in moral discernment; (2) the power, importance, and inculcation of what we might call poetic vision in the context of ethical understanding and that special kind of vision's importance in human life; (3) literature's distinctive role in self-identity and self-understanding; (4) an investigation into some patterns of moral growth and change that can emerge from the philosophical reading of literature; and (5) a consideration of the historical sources and genealogies of some of our most central contemporary conceptions of the ethical dimension of literature. In addition to Jane Austen, whose work we encounter frequently and from multiple points of view in this engaging collection, we see Greek tragedy, Homer, Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, E. M. Forster, André Breton, Kingsley Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, William Styron, J. M. Coetzee, and David Foster Wallace, among others. And the philosophers in this five-strand interweave include Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Shaftesbury, Kant, Hegel, Freud, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Levinas, and a number of recent figures from both Anglophone and continental contexts. All in all, this rich collection presents some of the best new thinking about the ethical content that lies within literature, and it shows why our reflective absorption in literature is the humane—and humanizing—experience many of us have long taken it to be.

Children’s Self-determination in the Context of Early Childhood Education and Services

Author: Federico Farini,Angela Scollan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030145565

Category: Education

Page: 284

View: 3214

This book investigates the position of young children’s self-determination within a range of social contexts, such as education, social care, mass-media, health, politics, law and the family. It brings to the fore the voices of the children in the present, with their interests, agendas and rights. Based on original primary research, the chapters tackle hegemonic discourses on children’s self-determination as well as current policies and practices. They address a broad range of topics, from the planning of role-play to national policies, from the use of digital technologies for pedagogy to children’s health and well-being, and from democratic practices in the classroom to the preservation of traditional family values. The book presents case studies to unravel how childhood and young children’s self-determination are constructed at the intersection with intergenerational relationships. Coming from different disciplines and using a diverse range of methodological traditions, the contributions in the volume eventually converge to generate a rich, complex and multi-layered analysis of contemporary cultures of childhood and young children’s rights.

Understanding Early Adolescent Self and Identity

Author: Thomas M. Brinthaupt,Richard P. Lipka

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791488756

Category: Education

Page: 405

View: 3231

Addresses adolescent identity issues and suggests practical approaches to facilitate development and adjustment.

Who Am I?

Author: Dr. Walter Tracy

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1641404701

Category: Religion

Page: 588

View: 3510

Who Am I? is the first book in a series (The Who Am I? Series) that answers the big questions of life. Does God exist? Why is there evil and suffering in the world if there is a loving God? Is God truly good? What is the science of the day showing us about the God question? Do we really know what we think we know? Is that knowledge satisfying our life's issues? Who am I? These are just a few of the questions tackled in this first book. Who Am I? gives a broad view of what reality is and the worldview that accurately accounts for all of it. In an honest pursuit of truth, Walt Tracy takes the reader on a detective's search in this first book of the series, and the answers found do not always follow the standard theology of the day and may not be politically correct. Fasten your seat belts for a book like no other that will challenge you to think deeply, reconsider areas you may have already "answered," and give you the information needed to truly satisfy the questions of this life. Do you really want to know who you are? This series will answer that question, and the journey begins with this book! The Who Am I? Series of books work together to give a full picture of our identity by starting in book 1 with an explanation of all of reality. The following books explain humanity as a whole and finally the individual life""who you are, how you operate, and how to correctly use that knowledge. This information will help you make decisions that can change your life today and revolutionize the rest of your life's journey.