- Soft Belly Meditation (“a practice in relaxation”): A 4-minute guided meditation from Washington DC-based Center For Mind-Body Medicine.
- Yoga in the U.S.: In a previous post I highlighted Kausthub Desikachar’s bewilderment with the unending number of Yoga brands in the U.S. (Kausthub doesn’t feel such is the case in Europe). There is a growing sense among some in the U.S. Yoga community that Yoga is becoming too commercialized. Below are just two of many recent articles on the subject:
- 1. What happened to yoga?: Some Boston teachers attempt to redirect American Yoga back to its spiritual roots.
- 2. Opinions run hot about nudity in advertising and Yoga Journal’s role in contemporary yoga culture: The comment thread on this Yoga Journal blog post continues to grow, and the latest print edition has several more letters on the subject. My position is that the magazine needs ads to subsidize the articles (on spirituality) that readers have come to love – either run ads or jack up the subscription price. Censoring individual ads would be a slippery slope. In any case it would be tough to come up with an ad censorship system that would satisfy all readers.
- America Out of Work: These moving stories, from unemployed Americans, get beyond the headlines and statistics to remind us of the day-to-day struggles faced by many families. It got me thinking about the following quote from the Christian monk and peace activist Thomas Merton
God speaks, and God is to be heard, not only on Sinai, not only in my own heart but in the voice of the stranger … God must be allowed the right to speak unpredictably
- Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: Americans struggling with balancing work & home life should know that a competitive, capitalist economy like Germany has quite a different take on this issue. B&N interviews Thomas Geoghegan, a labor lawyer in Chicago and author of Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life
Q: But the Germans have a lower GDP than we do. Doesn’t that mean that our quality of life is better?
A: One day we’ll get beyond that and see that the European standard of living is rising. You can pull out these GDP per capita statistics and say that people in Mississippi are vastly wealthier than people in Frankfurt and Hamburg. That can’t be true. Just spend two months in Hamburg and spend two months in Tupelo, Mississippi. There’s something wrong if the statistics are telling you that the people in Tupelo are three times wealthier than the people in Germany. Despite the numbers, social democracy really does work and delivers the goods and it’s the only model that an advanced country can do to be competitive in this world. I mean that not just in terms of exports, but in terms of being green at the same time. That we can raise the standard of living without boiling the planet shows how our measure of GDP is so crude.
- How do we measure standards of living?: Speaking of measuring living standards, a recent Marketplace story examines alternative metrics. Audio below (story starts around minute 21:00):
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