B.K.S. Iyengar - hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" (BBC) and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master - has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer.
"We have set out on the unknown waters of our potential happiness with no previous knowledge, no maps. There are no models in nature. It is only recently that the scientific community developed technical instruments to measure the impact of emotions and stress. These have given rise in turn to the search for happiness, which immediately burst onto the field of scientific analysis."
A coherent vision of healing has begun to emerge, weaving together a diversity of approaches to address both individual and collective wounding.
In our current era of holy terror, passionate faith has come to seem like a present danger. Writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have been happy to throw the baby out with the bathwater and declare that the danger is in religion itself. God, Hitchens writes, is not great.
A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness. In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short"—we are in fact born to be good. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?
Moving from an emphasis on technical competance to values, meaning, inquiry, and discovery will transform our experience of learning
Yes, we live in precarious times, but it doesn't keep this pioneering biologist-visionary from seeing a future of thriving species and cooperative societies, with nature leading the way.
From nonviolence and introspection to Eros and joy, environmentalist Beath weaves inner work with outer engagement for personal and social transformation.
An excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “The World House” speech.
The science on forgiveness is compelling but still maturing. Whatever the data, the act of forgiving will always depend on will, heart, and letting go.