A must-read. Sociopaths are people without a conscience. Four in a hundred people do not play by the rules. That's a lot of people, enough that the rest of us cannot escape entanglement. Why? Playing by the rules makes us predictable, and easy to manipulate. If you are in relationship with someone who makes you ask yourself, repeatedly, with anguish, Why would he/she do something like that? empower yourself. Read this book.
A marvelous book making accessible the open secret of graceful, pain-free aging: good posture, a.k.a. natural spinal alignment. For in-depth how-to's, check out her newest book: Sad Dog, Happy Dog. Don't be put off that it's for kids. We're all kids, trust me.
For further info, and to order books directly, check out the author's website: www.naturalposturesolutions.com. I took a five day workshop with the her at Omega Institute this summer (July 2010). Phenomenal. She will be there again next summer.
Now, when I notice I'm stressed, anxious, grumpy, or in some other unpleasant mood state, I check out my alignment. Repositioning my bones, a matter of seconds, especially dropping my chin to the natural position, brings an immediate feeling of relief and relaxation. Go figure. My chiropractor and massage therapist are seeing a lot less of me. If this catches on, it may put me out of business.
As a shrink, I ask myself, could some of the symptoms my patients suffer be caused by the constant muscle tension of living in an unaligned body?
Want to be at ease in your bod? For the rest of your life? This is the way.
Awe inspiring barely describes this documentary of high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who at age 24 in 1974, performed on a wire he and his team illegally rigged between the two World Trade Towers in New York City, then the tallest buildings in the world.
He spent forty five minutes on the wire, making eight passes between the two towers. He walked it, danced on it, laid down upon it, sat on it and once, actually looked down from it.
Suspended between the infinity of sky above and abyss below, he transcended himself. Everyone watching him experienced transcendence. Even watching him on film brings on transcendence. At least two members of his team, right hand friend Jean Louis and girl friend Annie, were turned so wrenchingly inside out by the experience that “something broke,” wept Jean Louis, and those relationships ended.
When asked why he had done it, Petit replied, “There is no why.”
The documentary is structured like a heist film. The “artistic crime of the century” took six years to plan. Son, aged 17, found the film about as exciting as watching paint peel. I, aged 55, was riveted. Director James Marsh describes Petit’s act as “incredibly beautiful.” I agree. If you have ever attempted to do anything huge, it is impossible not to be moved. I have watched the film twice, and will watch it again.
The documentary is based on the book, formerly titled To Reach The Clouds, now retitled Man on Wire, by Petit. The film came out in 2008 and won many prestigious prizes and awards.
In January 2009, comedian Stephen Colbert interviewed Petit. It was a duel to the finish, with Colbert barely keeping up.
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