Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sacred Life Weekend: Feed Your Head....


Friday afternoon, I received "The Power of Myth" DVD set from Netflix. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to watch it and found it so entrancing that I listened to it the entire day. Listening to it is like having the richest, healthiest most satisfying meal.

Taking a break from that, I read "The Yoga of Eating" which really changed my thinking about so many things. It is a gentle, kind approach to feeding our souls so that we don't have to feed our bellies in quite the same way. :)

He speaks against self-denial and discipline, citing the origin of that type of thinking, and instead suggests that we begin to see our bodies and our minds as the same, not separate. It is not a battle between the body and mind - it is not a dichotomy - but instead learning the language of our bodies so we can provide for them and care for them more effectively.

I've just begun "Ascent of Humanity" by the same author. So far, it is wonderful! I'll write more when I've finished it.

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18 comments:

crazymumma said...

I think I watched the Power of Myth years ago. Joseph Campbell?

Mariposa said...

Can't wait to hear more about it, sounds interesting!

jen said...

i really think i should read the yoga book.

blooming desertpea said...

The knowledge of body and soul being connected has been in our minds all the time, yet we don't seem to have the access to use that knowledge effectively. I'm interested in learning what this book says about it - might save me the time I don't have to read it :)

ThomasLB said...

This is off topic, but I noticed the blog Zen Habits is asking for good travel tips to Thailand, and I thought you might have something to contribute. :o)

Here's the link:
http://zenhabits.net/2008/03/ask-the-readers-tips-for-keeping-travel-simple/

Catherine said...

Sounds great! I'm actually blogging about eating this week and would love your take on it...

Do you recommend the DVD then? To me?
catherine

Girl on the Run... said...

What is the power of myth about? Is that from the Joeseph Campbell collection of works? I love Netflix. The books sound interesting as well especially, "The Yoga of Eating". All the best. M

Angela said...

Oooh, the power of myth sounds right up my alley. I recently read Marianne Williamson's "The Age of Miracles". It came with a CD of meditations that I've been enjoying listening to. Kinda gets my day started off right.

we_be_toys said...

Oooo! I didn't know "The Power Of Myth" was on DVD...I got to find it - I loved that program!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It's true that when our souls are not nourished, we look for other ways to fill ourselves up or numb ourselves down.

Campbell never loses his lustre and intrigue. I'm glad you spent such a deeply satisfying weekend. Many of my best friends are books.

Cre8Tiva said...

...i have missed so much lately...thank you for being so supportive during this difficult time...hugs and happy st. paddy's day...rebecca

Christine said...

thanks for the recommendations--i'm very interested int he yoga of eating.

Running on empty

Thailand Musings said...

"The Yoga of Eating" sounds really interesting. I've studied a lot about the connection between our minds and bodies, more in connection with weight lifting, but I've found that everything is connected in that way. How we think, what we eat, our feelings, our physical performance...it's all linked and a change in one area influences the other areas and not always in ways you expect.

bella said...

I've never managed to understand self-denial and discipline. It sets us up against ourselves, fragmenting ourselves, turning into our own enemy.
So I'm loving what you are saying here, about it not being a battle, in fact it not being separate really, the mind and the body.
Such provocative and wise words here.
Feeding ourselves, knowing what we are truly hungry for, this is so healing.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It sounds like a wonderful day...

the psycho therapist said...

Oh, nothing much to add today. Just a note to say hello and I smiled reading about your lovely experience with Campbell. Sukhavati, yummmmm. :)

Also, this brought tears:
It's true that when our souls are not nourished, we look for other ways to fill ourselves up or numb ourselves down.

So true.

Sending Light.

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Mary said...

Hi Chani,

Would love to know more about this.

I need help... "It is a gentle, kind approach to feeding our souls so that we don't have to feed our bellies in quite the same way. :)"

That's a powerful message.

Mary

painted maypole said...

i did a performance piece/play that we developed ourselves based on several creation myths from around the world, so I watched that series. Joseph Campbell is amazing.