By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell
Author note: Edited by way of Michael Segell
Publish yr note: First released June 4th 2000
Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to provide males an analogous reflective publication that she provided girls in uncomplicated Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to assist her characterize an real male event, a e-book that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo accumulated those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written through a various sampling of fellows, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and global well known rock star.
Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of really provocative essays. from time to time she feels like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree citadel membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside those inner most moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male adventure, a lofty aim that we have a tendency to withstand. participants comprise Sting, who talks in regards to the distinction among thrill looking and danger taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." event author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic disease as his vomited his approach via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson
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K: Who do you think created environment? Some mysterious God? Please, just a minute; who created environment, the social structure, the economic, the religious structure? We. Each one has contributed individually, until it has become collective, and the individual who has helped to create the collective now is lost in the collective, for it has become his mold, his environment. Through the desire for security—financial, moral, and spiritual—you have created a capitalistic environment in which there is nationality, class distinction, and exploitation.
And if you begin to see that you cannot wait for circumstances to force you to act, then you begin to observe the very circumstances themselves; then you begin to penetrate and understand the circumstances, the environment. You don’t wait for depression to make you into a virtuous person, but you free your mind from possessiveness, from compulsion. The acquisitive system is based on the idea that you can possess, and that it is legal to possess. Possession glorifies you. The more you have, the better, the nobler, you are considered.
Don’t try to alter it, don’t try to analyze your thoughts and your emotions; but become conscious of why you are thinking in a particular groove and from what motive you act. Although you can discover the motive through analysis, although you may find out something through analysis, it will not be real; it will be real only when you are intensely aware at the moment of the functioning of your thought and emotion; then you will see their extraordinary subtlety, their fine delicacy. So long as you have a “must” and a “must not,” in this compulsion you will never discover that swift wandering of thought and emotion.
A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell