When Henry David Thoreau died at the age of forty-four in 1862, he had written a forest of articles and essays that eventually earned him a reputation as a first-rate naturalist, conservationist, and social critic. His gravesite in Concord, Massachusetts, is a pilgrimage site for readers who still turn to Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Maine Woods, ''Civil Disobedience,'' and ''Walking'' for inspiration. Thoreau was a supreme articulator of America's conscience when the country was industrializing, facing battle over slavery, and developing its public education system. His thoughts are brook-clear and strangely prescient today.
"Drawing on art, poetry, interviews, and book excerpts, Meditations on nature, meditations on silence explores the beauty and mystery of the natural world and reminds us of the significance of the gift of life"--Provided by publisher.
The simple act of walking often inspires deep literary reflection. This delightful excursion of 12 essays ranges far and wide, offering Dickens' "Night Walks" and "Tramps," Leslie Stephen's "In Praise of Walking," Beerbohm's "Going Out for a Walk," and Morley's "Sauntering." Additional contributors include Hazlitt, Belloc, Thoreau, Trevelyan, and other distinguished authors.
Author: David Kundtz
Release Date: 2009-11
Genre: Business & Economics
More than a meditation book, Quiet Mind is a series of reflections that can illuminate every aspect of life. It offers readers guidance on using the moments between activities - which the author calls ''still points'' - as opportunities to focus on becoming more fully awake to who they are. ''These times are the ''spaces in between'' the events of your life,'' writes Kundtz, ''spaces often lost, or worse - filled with anxiety. And these spaces in between are just waiting to bring you the calmness.
A pocket-sized compendium of passages from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grasspaired with the relevant words of a variety of historical and contemporary thinkers, such as Margaret Fuller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jane Goodall, Mark Twain, Marc Chagall, Helen Keller, Buddha, Dante, and Bhagavad Gita
Author: Elisha Goldstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-11-06
Genre: Health & Fitness
A licensed psychologist and co-founder of the Mindfulness Center for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry offers easy mental exercises and techniques to help remain calm while traveling, describing how to gain freedom from your worries and find a place of harmony.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
Release Date: 2005
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book, wrote Henry David Thoreau in Walden. Today that book continues to provoke, inspire, and change lives all over the world, and each rereading is fresh and challenging. Yet as Thoreau's countless admirers know, there is more to the man than Walden. An engineer, poet, teacher, naturalist, lecturer, and political activist, he truly had multiple lives to lead, and each one speaks forcefully to us today. Sponsored by the Thoreau Society, the brief, handsomely presented books in this series offer the thoughts of a great writer on a variety of topics, some that we readily associate with him, some that may be surprising. Each volume includes selections from his familiar published works as well as from less well known lectures, letters, and journal entries. The books have been designed by renowned illustrator and book artist Barry Moser. Ronald A. Bosco is Distinguished Service Professor of English and American Literature at the University at Albany, past-president of the Thoreau Society, and chair of The Friends of Walden Pond Committee. Wesley T. editor for the Thoreau Society. Steve Grant is a journalist who writes on natural history and New England heritage topics for the Hartford Courant.
Author: Paul Epstein
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
Release Date: 2011-08-10
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
What is happiness? Where does it come from? How is it achieved? This concise book opens the door to this often-elusive state of being with new insights, guided meditations, helpful quotations, and much, much more. Holistic medical practitioner Dr. Paul Epstein offers help and healing so readers may find meaning and purpose, work through difficulty, follow their bliss, live, and thrive through the practice of happiness every day.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Literary Collections
"Emerson was very much a person of his era, but his thought is timeless because it partakes of the perennial wisdom that has permeated philosophy and religion in every age and culture. Emerson continues to be relevant because, as he said of himself, 'I am an endless seeker with no past at my back.' Spiritual seekers of this and coming ages will continue to find in Emerson a kindred soul." - from the Introduction Master of the aphorism, Emerson is the most quoted of all American writers. Yet there have been few anthologies of Emerson's sayings and none quite like this one. Drawing from all of Emerson - his early sermons and lectures, his journals, his many books and essays, and his poetry -this unique book of thoughtfully selected passages captures the many textures and nuances of this exceptional mind. We find a spiritual message at the heart of his philosophy. Emerson's spiritual vision is reflected in these selections, the most relevant writings for today's spiritual seekers. This meditation collection will provide an opportunity to celebrate and re-evaluate Emerson's contribution to America's spiritual history. The depth and breadth of Emerson's words will show a new generation of Americans how to bring an open heart and a critical mind to the spiritual search.
Author: Jason William Haslam
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Literary Collections
Fitting Sentences is an analysis of writings by prisoners from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in North America, South Africa, and Europe. Jason Haslam examines the ways in which these writers reconfigure subjectivity and its relation to social power structures, especially the prison structure itself, while also detailing the relationship between prison and slave narratives. Specifically, Haslam reads texts by Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Jacobs, Oscar Wilde, Martin Luther King, Jr., Constance Lytton, and Breyten Breytenbach to find the commonalities and divergences in their stories. While the relationship between prison and subjectivity has been mapped by Michel Foucault and defined as “a strategic distribution of elements” that act “to exercise a power of normalization”, Haslam demonstrates some of the complex connections and dissonances between these elements and the resistances to them. Each work shows how carceral practices can be used to attack a variety of identifications, be they sexual, racial, economic, or any of a variety of social categories. By analysing the works of specific prison writers but not being limited to a single locale or narrow time span, Fitting Sentences offers a significant historical and global overview of a unique genre in literature.