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.
French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture
Author: Brenda F. Berrian
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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.
D?gen and the Lotus Sutra
Author: Taigen Dan Leighton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom
Author: Stovall Weems
How Haitian diaspora artists resist and refigure race, gender, and ethnic identities in American culture
Author: Jana Evans Braziel
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category: Netherlands Antilles
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.
Popular Music Identity and Place
Author: John Connell,Chris Gibson
"This book will appeal to scholars and students of popular religion as well as to general readers interested in the subject."--BOOK JACKET.
New Perspectives on North American Revivalism
Author: Michael J. McClymond
Publisher: JHU Press
Author: Diane Kennedy Pike,Mariamne Paulus
Publisher: LP Publications
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference
Author: Laura E. Berk
Publisher: Oxford University Press
A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diaspora
Category: Caribbean Americans
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.
Rurality and Socio-cultural Marginalisation
Author: Paul Cloke,Jo Little
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.
Author: Philip M. Bromberg
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
Transform Your Reality Using Crystals, Color, Aromatherapy & the Power of Positive Thought
Author: Margaret Ann Lembo
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Category: Caribbean literature
Designed to help spiritual directors and others use expressive arts in the context of spiritual direction.
Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction
Author: Christine Valters Paintner,Betsey Beckman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
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]
Evolving Into Women of Substance
Publisher: Xulon Press
Category: Family & Relationships