The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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Vintage #ad - On every page of this lyrical work, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Abram weaves his arguments with a passion, a precision, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which--even at its most abstract--echoes the calls and cries of the earth.

This major work of ecological philosophy startles the senses out of habitual ways of perception. For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, winds, and natural objects including mountains, rivers, plants, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people with other animals, and weather patters that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate.

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World #ad - How, then, apache storytelling, balinese shamanism, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relation with the breathing earth? In The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand of magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment.

Winner of the international lannan literary award for nonfictionAnimal tracks, word magic, the speech of stones, the power of letters, and the taste of the wind all figure prominently in this intellectual tour de force that returns us to our senses and to the sensuous terrain that sustains us.

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Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

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Vintage #ad - As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. The shape-shifting of ravens, the eloquence of thunder, the erotic nature of gravity, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.

. For too long we’ve ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. Abram’s writing subverts this distance, drawing readers ever closer to their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the human body and the breathing Earth.

Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology #ad - David abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous has become a classic of environmental literature.

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The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World The MIT Press

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The MIT Press #ad - In the distracted mind, adam gazzaley and larry rosen—a neuroscientist and a psychologist—explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology. The authors explain that our brains are limited in their ability to pay attention.

Enjoy family dinner with a glowing smartphone next to our plates. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask—read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Why our brains aren't built for media multitasking, and how we can learn to live with technology in a more balanced way.

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World The MIT Press #ad - Brilliant and practical, just what we need in these techno-human times. Jack kornfield, author of The Wise HeartMost of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We want to finish this paper/spreadsheet/sentence, but our phone signals an incoming message and we drop everything. We can change our brains with meditation, video games, and physical exercise; we can change our behavior by planning our accessibility and recognizing our anxiety about being out of touch even briefly.

Distractions and interruptions, often technology-related—referred to by the authors as “interference”—collide with our goal-setting abilities. They don't suggest that we give up our devices, but that we use them in a more balanced way. Even without an alert, we decide that we “must” check in on social media immediately.

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Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

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Inner Traditions #ad - Much more than a document of a disappearing people, original wisdom: stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

The sng'oi--pre-industrial, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, pre-agricultural, competition and suspicion are not known. Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other.

Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisition. Shows how we can reconnect with the ancient intuitive awareness of the world's original people. Deep in the mountainous jungle of malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive.

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing #ad - Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Psychologist robert wolff lived with the sng'oi, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, learned their language, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy.

Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day.

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Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life

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Basic Books #ad - Instead of watching television, play the piano. Take a routine chore and figure out how to do it better, faster, more efficiently. Though they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-changing. From one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness, an indispensable guide to living your best life.

What makes a good life? is it money? An important job? Leisure time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes our obsessive focus on such measures has led us astray. In short, learn the hidden power of complete engagement, a psychological state the author calls flow. People are happiest when they challenge themselves with tasks that demand a high degree of skill and commitment, and which are undertaken for their own sake.

Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life #ad - Work fills our days with anxiety and pressure, so that during our free time, we tend to live in boredom, watching TV or absorbed by our phones. What are we missing? to answer this question, Csikszentmihalyi studied thousands of people, and he found the key.

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Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache

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University of New Mexico Press #ad - In so doing he invests his scholarship with that rarest of scholarly qualities: a sense of spiritual exploration. This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Scott momaday"in wisdom sits in places Keith Basso lifts a veil on the most elemental poetry of human experience, which is the naming of the world.

. But it is more than that. For more than thirty years, keith basso has been doing fieldwork among the Western Apache, and now he shares with us what he has learned of Apache place-names--where they come from and what they mean to Apaches. This is indeed a brilliant exposition of landscape and language in the world of the Western Apache.

Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache #ad - Through his clear eyes we glimpse the spirit of a remarkable people and their land, and when we look away, we see our own world afresh. William debuys"a very exciting book--authoritative, extremely thoughtful, fully informed, and also engagingly written and a joy to read. He can turn linguistic anthropology into literary art.

Coolly erudite, free of cant and jargon, delightfully entertaining, witty, and so well informed . Nobody on earth outside of their culture has written about the Apaches as well as Basso does here. The bloomsbury Review.

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Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia

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White Cloud Press #ad - As he walks he tells the story of the place back to itself. This is a highly unusual move for a mythologist, of binding, an aspiration to use speech as form of animistic relationship, of praise to a place. The swoop of raven, the swamp, the thinking that moves through him, all form a knot of relationship between the land and the story.

In scatterlings martin shaw walks the myth-lines of seven stories based in and around his homeland of Dartmoor, England. Rather than the commentaries on such tales being primarily balanced against other literary sources, Shaw uses what actually occurs on these walks as the main source of information on the tales.

Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia #ad - Through its astonishing journey, shaw reveals to us that when you gaze deep enough into the local you find the nomad, and when you look deep enough into the nomad you find the local. Scatterlings is a rebel keen, a rising up, to bend your head to the stories and place that claim you. In a time of rapid migrations and climatic movement, a story of secret histories: from the ancient storytelling of the bardic schools to medieval dream poetry, Shaw asks: how could we be not just from a place but of a place? When did we trade shelter for comfort? what was the cost of that trade? What are the stories the west tells itself in private?Scatterlings also takes us on a wonder through the wild edges of British culture, from the cunning man to animal call words, to Arabian and steppe Iranian influence on English dialect.

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A Branch from the Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace of Wildness

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White Cloud Press #ad - It presents the old stories as keys into any debate on these issues, showing how the ability to think metaphorically and mythologically "re-enchants" our perspectives. Shaw uses four great myths from welsh, norwegian, Siberian, and Russian territories that explore the process of leaving what is considered safe and predictable and journeying out into wild, uncertain areas of nature and the psyche.

In a branch from the lightning tree, Shaw creates links between the wildness in landscape and language, with myth being the bridge between the two. Martin shaw's writing rattles the cages of souls. Shaw's work focuses on both men and women’s movement into wildness as part of the bigger awareness of climate change and ecology.

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

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Milkweed Editions #ad - As a botanist, robin wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. In reflections that range from the creation of turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

In braiding sweetgrass, kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” Elizabeth Gilbert. As a member of the citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants #ad - Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, algae, salamanders, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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The Practice of the Wild: With a New Preface by the Author

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Counterpoint #ad - These essays, stand as the mature centerpiece of snyder’s work and thought, first published in 1990, and this profound collection is widely accepted as one of the central texts on wilderness and the interaction of nature and culture. The nine captivatingly meditative essays in The Practice of the Wild display the deep understanding and wide erudition of Gary Snyder in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildlife, wildness, and the world.

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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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Little, Brown Spark #ad - Ratey, MD. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run -- -or, for that matter, simply the way you think. A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, M. D. Embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's.

. Filled with amazing case studies such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, 000 kids first in the world of science test scores, which has put this school district of 19, Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, sharpen your intellect, fight memory loss, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain #ad - In spark, John J.

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