By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell
Author note: Edited by means of Michael Segell
Publish 12 months note: First released June 4th 2000
Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to supply males a similar reflective booklet that she provided ladies in uncomplicated Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to assist her symbolize an genuine male adventure, a booklet that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo accumulated those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written by means of a various sampling of guys, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and global well known rock star.
Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of fairly provocative essays. every now and then she seems like an outsider in a "boy's only" tree citadel membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside those inner most moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male adventure, a lofty aim that we have a tendency to face up to. participants contain Sting, who talks in regards to the distinction among thrill looking and hazard taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." event author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic illness as his vomited his manner via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson
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We want to know how we can just get everything right, fast. There are lots of things I don’t know, but the one thing I know for sure is that there is no quick fix for our lives. The first reason that the quick fix doesn’t exist is because nothing truly valuable happens quickly. Every art requires practice, even if you are a natural. Michael lived in his backyard basketball court. Miles played relentlessly and constantly. Basquiat studied the masters. The second and more important reason that we never find a quick fix is because we don’t need it.
But life really has no interest in whether we want it to turn left or turn right. It is only the fact that we view our own desires as special that makes us think we should have things exactly as we want them. Our desires must be more special than anyone else’s. It may be perfect in our minds that the grocery store is open on a holiday because we forgot to get bread. But the cashier is miserable because he wanted to go to the movies instead of working. Had he not come to work, he may have lost his job.
So I just stayed home, alone and miserable. Then one day I received a calendar from the Village Zendo in the mail. In just a few days, the week long summer sesshin, or retreat, would begin. Sesshins are periods set aside for intensive meditation practice. ” By that time, I was desperate to get out of the hole I was in. So, as strange as it seemed even to me, I went to stay in a big house with 30 or so people to try to be by myself, but not alone. I didn’t think the retreat would solve my problems, but at least I would have to get out of bed in the mornings and there would be three meals a day.