Tag: Back-to-the-Body Perspective

Let’s Make 2016 a Great Year—A Year of Hope!

I am very hopeful for 2016. I see progress in the three areas that must be improved in the world if we are to have peace and prosperity for all. The three crucial areas are: the liberation of women, the eradication of poverty, and the inclusion of disadvantaged children in education.

The Child is the Destiny: A Back-to-the-Body Perspective

There is a theme that is very fond to me: on becoming a child. I was thinking about this theme today, and sure enough, one my friends sent me an image of a child with the oft-quoted Biblical passage, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom

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Celibacy: A Back-to-the-Body Perspective

The French sociologist Émile Durkheim stated in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1915) that, if something exists in society as a “human institution,” then it is impossible for it to rest on an error or a lie. I believe celibacy is a human institution, because it exists today and has existed throughout history.

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Production, Distribution, and Consumption: A View from the Body

Suppose, for a moment, that it is true that all social institutions resemble the body of a human being. Is this not a good standard to achieve consensus and collaboration? Suppose a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, a communist, and a capitalist were to get together and discuss how they could collaborate to form a

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Relaxation: A Back-to-the-Body Perspectiveown re

Life is stressful just from the nature of it—and our times seem particularly so. Of the three banes afflicting humankind today—namely, obesity, religion-based wars, and depression—I will deal with the third one; specifically, the importance of relaxation for mental health. I will, first, review the basics of the back-to-the-body perspective as applied to mental health.

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The Body as a Source of Truth: A Back-to-the-Body Perspective

Ever since starting this blog on the December Solstice of 2012, I have been proposing the body as an excellent standard of truth. This does not mean that we have to discard the wisdom of the ages, as it was transmitted to us through traditions and teachings. It is foolish to disregard all the wealth

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Racial Tension in Baltimore: Law Enforcement, Better Police Procedures, and Cultural Education

The political discourse is awash with interpretations of the Baltimore tragedy following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. Some blame the police; some blame the culture of crime in the African American community. Some say we need more African-Americans in the police force: but Baltimore has a good percentage of

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Spirit and Heart: A Back-to-the-body Perspective

The Irish world champion professional snooker player Ken Doherty once said, “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” — Ken Doherty But what is spirit, actually? How do you recognize spirit? How do you develop it? In this article, I consider “spirit” from

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