Awakening Spaces

French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture

Author: Brenda F. Berrian

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226044552

Category: Music

Page: 287

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The fast-paced zouk of Kassav', the romantic biguine of Malavoi, the jazz of Fal Frett, the ballads of Mona, and reggae of Kali and Pôglo are all part of the burgeoning popular music scene in the French Caribbean. In this lively book, Brenda F. Berrian chronicles the rise of this music, which has captivated the minds and bodies of the Francophone world and elsewhere. Based on personal interviews and discussions of song texts, Berrian shows how these musicians express their feelings about current and past events, about themselves, their islands, and the French. Through their lyrical themes, these songs create metaphorical "spaces" that evoke narratives of desire, exile, subversion, and Creole identity and experiences. Berrian opens up these spaces to reveal how the artists not only engage their listeners and effect social change, but also empower and identify themselves. She also explores the music as it relates to the art of drumming, and to genres such as African American and Latin jazz and reggae. With Awakening Spaces, Berrian adds fresh insight into the historical struggles and arts of the French Caribbean.
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Visions of Awakening Space and Time

D?gen and the Lotus Sutra

Author: Taigen Dan Leighton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199886474

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 1803

As a religion concerned with universal liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, dynamic agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei D?gen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese S?t? Zen tradition, which currently enjoys increasing popularity in the West. The Lotus Sutra, arguably the most important Buddhist scripture in East Asia, contains a famous story about bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from under the earth to preserve and expound the Lotus teaching in the distant future. The story reveals that the Buddha only appears to pass away, but actually has been practicing, and will continue to do so, over an inconceivably long life span. Leighton traces commentaries on the Lotus Sutra from a range of key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, including Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, My?e, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ry?kan. But his main focus is Eihei D?gen, the 13th century Japanese S?t? Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are important to the modern expansion of Buddhism to the West. D?gen's use of this sutra expresses the critical role of Mahayana vision and imagination as the context of Zen teaching, and his interpretations of this story furthermore reveal his dynamic worldview of the earth, space, and time themselves as vital agents of spiritual awakening. Leighton argues that D?gen uses the images and metaphors in this story to express his own religious worldview, in which earth, space, and time are lively agents in the bodhisattva project. Broader awareness of D?gen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, can illuminate the possibilities for contemporary approaches to primary Mahayana concepts and practices.
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Awakening

A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom

Author: Stovall Weems

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN: 0307459543

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 9159

Stop hitting the spiritual snooze button. Would you describe your walk with God as fresh and exciting? Would you describe your spiritual life as vibrant and passionate? If not, would you like these attributes to be the norm in your everyday relationship with God? Are you ready to experience an awakening? Awakening helps you stir up your slumbering soul. You’ll discover how to break out of your season of dryness or get off to a great start either in the New Year or the next season in life. Take your faith-walk from a “going through the motions” or “have to” mindset to the stimulating, fresh “want to” experience of enjoying God’s presence—24/7. Weems encourages you to surrender fully, to discover the right kind of fuel for the journey, and to learn a new way to pray and fast. This lifestyle is not based on rules or religion, but on a deep, satisfying, motivating relationship with God. Included in Awakening is a 21-Day Plan that will guide you through the principles that ensure a lasting, fresh relationship with God—even in a world where everything quickly becomes stale. “It’s time to wake up and put an end to spiritual sluggishness! I promise this year will be the best of your life if it is your best year spiritually.” – Stovall Weems From the Trade Paperback edition.
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"Music and the Performance of Identity on Marie-Galante, French Antilles "

Author: Ron Emoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351557521

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

View: 9361

Marie-Galante is a small island situated in the Caribbean to the south of Guadeloupe. The majority of Marie-Galantais are descendants of the slave era, though a few French settlers also occupy the island. Along with its neighbours Guadeloupe and Martinique, Marie-Galante forms an official d?rtement of France. Marie-Galante historically has never been an independent polity. Marie-Galantais express sentiments of being 'deux fois colonis? or twice colonized, concomitant with their sense of insularity from a global organization of place. Dr Ron Emoff translates this pervasive sense of displacement into the concept of the 'non-nation'. Musical practices on the island provide Marie-Galantais with a means of re-connecting with other significant distant places. Many Marie-Galantais display a 'split-subjectivity', embracing an African heritage, a French association and a Caribbean regionalism. This book is unique, in part, with regard to its treatment of a particular mode of self-consciousness, expressed musically, on a virtually forgotten Caribbean island. The book also combines literary, narrative, historical and musical sources to theorize a postcolonial subsurreal in the French Antilles. The focus of the book is upon kadril dance and gwo ka drumming, two prevalent musical practices on the island with which Marie-Galantais construct unique perceptions of self in relation, specifically, to Africa and France. Based on several extended periods of ethnographic research, the book evokes unique Marie-Galantais views on tradition, historicity, esclavage, nationalism (and its absence) and the local significance of occupying a globally out-of-the-way place. The book will be of interest not only to ethnomusicologists, but also to those interested in cultural and linguistic anthropology, postcolonial studies, performance studies, folklore and Caribbean studies.
Posted in Social Science

Nieuwe West-Indische gids

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Netherlands Antilles

Page: N.A

View: 4553

Posted in Netherlands Antilles

Sound Tracks

Popular Music Identity and Place

Author: John Connell,Chris Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134699123

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 3227

Sound Tracks is the first comprehensive book on the new geography of popular music, examining the complex links between places, music and cultural identities. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective on local, national and global scenes, from the 'Mersey' and 'Icelandic' sounds to 'world music', and explores the diverse meanings of music in a range of regional contexts. In a world of intensified globalisation, links between space, music and identity are increasingly tenuous, yet places give credibility to music, not least in the 'country', and music is commonly linked to place, as a stake to originality, a claim to tradition and as a marketing device. This book develops new perspectives on these relationships and how they are situated within cultural and geographical thought.
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Ethnic Groups of the Americas: An Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia

Author: James B. Minahan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691644

Category: Social Science

Page: 411

View: 2168

Intended to help students explore ethnic identity—one of the most important issues of the 21st century—this concise, one-stop reference presents rigorously researched content on the national groups and ethnicities of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Posted in Social Science

Embodying the Spirit

New Perspectives on North American Revivalism

Author: Michael J. McClymond

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801878077

Category: Religion

Page: 346

View: 2728

"This book will appeal to scholars and students of popular religion as well as to general readers interested in the subject."--BOOK JACKET.
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Awakening to Wisdom

Author: Diane Kennedy Pike,Mariamne Paulus

Publisher: LP Publications

ISBN: 9780916192488

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 173

View: 5852

Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Awakening Children's Minds

How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference

Author: Laura E. Berk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199728623

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 4292

Parents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Children's Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in children's lives. This is the first book to bring to a general audience, in lucid prose richly laced with examples, truly state-of-the-art thinking about child rearing and early education. Berk's central message is that parents and teachers contribute profoundly to the development of competent, caring, well-adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the wellspring of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and the child's cultural and moral values. Berk explains how children weave the voices of more expert cultural members into dialogues with themselves. When puzzling, difficult, or stressful circumstances arise, children call on this private speech to guide and control their thinking and behavior. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments--at home, in child care, in preschool, and in primary school--and addresses the unique challenges of helping children with special needs. Parents, Berk writes, need a consistent way of thinking about their role in children's lives, one that can guide them in making effective child-rearing decisions. Awakening Children's Minds gives us the basic guidance we need to raise caring, thoughtful, intelligent children.
Posted in Psychology

Wadabagei

A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diaspora

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Caribbean Americans

Page: N.A

View: 7482

Posted in Caribbean Americans

Contested Countryside Cultures

Rurality and Socio-cultural Marginalisation

Author: Paul Cloke,Jo Little

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134769547

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 9813

This book examines the 'other' side of the countryside, a place also inhabited (and visited) by women, children, teenagers, the elderly, gay men and lesbians, black and ethnic minorities, the unemployed and the poor. These groups have remained largely excluded by both rural policies and the representations of rural culture. The book charts the experiences of these marginalised groups and sets this exploration within the context of postmodern, poststructuralist, postcolonial and late feminist analysis. This theoretical framework reveals how notions of the rural have been created to reflect and reinforce divisions amongst those living in the countryside.
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Awakening the Dreamer

Clinical Journeys

Author: Philip M. Bromberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134914970

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 6300

In Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys, Philip Bromberg continues the illuminating explorations into dissociation and clinical process begun in Standing in the Spaces (1998). Bromberg is among our most gifted clinical writers, especially in his unique ability to record peripheral variations in relatedness - those subtle, split-second changes that capture the powerful workings of dissociation and chart the changing self-states that analyst and patient bring to the moment. For Bromberg, a model of mind premised on the centrality of self-states and dissociation not only offers the optimal lens for comprehending and interpreting clinical data; it also provides maximum leverage for achieving true intersubjective relatedness. And this manner of looking at clinical data offers the best vantage point for integrating psychoanalytic experience with the burgeoning findings of contemporary neuroscience, cognitive and developmental psychology, and attachment research. Dreams are approached not as texts in need of deciphering but as means of contacting genuine but not yet fully conscious self-states. From here, he explores how the patient's "dreamer" and the analyst's "dreamer" can come together to turn the "real" into the "really real" of mutative therapeutic dialogue. The "difficult," frequently traumatized patient is newly appraised in terms of tensions within the therapeutic dyad. And then there is the "haunted" patient who carries a sense of preordained doom through years of otherwise productive work - until the analyst can finally feel the patient's doom as his or her own. Laced with Bromberg's characteristic honesty, humor, and thoughtfulness, these essays elegantly attest to the mind's reliance on dissociation, in both normal and pathological variants, in the ongoing effort to maintain self-organization. Awakening the Dreamer, no less than Standing in the Spaces, is destined to become a permanent part of the literature on therapeutic process and change.
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Chakra Awakening

Transform Your Reality Using Crystals, Color, Aromatherapy & the Power of Positive Thought

Author: Margaret Ann Lembo

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738732435

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 1816

It is possible to design your own reality and live each day with prosperity, joy, and complete health. With gemstones, crystals, and the power of focused intent, you can transform your life using the amazing energy within—the chakras. Drawing on ancient spiritual wisdom and the law of attraction, this practical guide shows you how to activate and balance the seven main chakras—energy centers in the body that influence everything from migraines and fertility to creative expression and intuition. Perform simple techniques using gems, crystals, colors, essential oils, and other effective tools to foster healing and create positive change for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Chakra Awakening includes color photos of more than seventy gemstones, plus step-by-step exercises to help you bring true balance to every facet of your life. —Identify areas that may need adjustment —Clear negative energy —Align each of your chakras —Create sacred space with sound and herbs Praise: "This book can truly help you balance all of your chakras (and your life) with ease and joy!"—DENISE LINN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SACRED SPACE
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

MaComère

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Caribbean literature

Page: N.A

View: 6442

Posted in Caribbean literature

Awakening the Creative Spirit

Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction

Author: Christine Valters Paintner,Betsey Beckman

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 0819223719

Category: Religion

Page: 239

View: 4874

Designed to help spiritual directors and others use expressive arts in the context of spiritual direction.
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From Pain to Awakening

Evolving Into Women of Substance

Author: Ahmadi

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1619965895

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 254

View: 9627

Sheila Early, MSW, ACSW, LCSW (aka Ahmadi). Ahmadi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of clinical and social work administration experience in health care, mental health, trauma services for high risk teens and women, and counseling. She has specialized training in Child and Adolescent Assessment & Treatment and Family Therapy. Her treatment philosophy is to assist clients experience themselves differently to lead more satisfying lives. She does this through utilizing music, affirmations, relaxation techniques, poetry, and other related modalities. Her primary interest is to help adolescent females and adult women move beyond self-defeating behaviors to be empowered women in control of their lives. Ahmadi has also written, directed, and produced a 12 minute DVD on infant mortality and low birth-weight. The DVD was funded by a central Virginia locality experiencing this health disparity. Additionally, she has written, directed, and produced a community play on an African-American Nursery and Day Care Center that existed for over 50 years in the Staunton, Virginia community. This play is a precursor to a narrative she is currently completing on this historic child care facility.She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley famous for its captivating scenery and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. She can be contacted at [email protected]
Posted in Family & Relationships