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                   November 2005 Book Review and Quotes Archive

  

   

                                                     All Together In One Place by Jane  Kirkpatrick

                           Infinite Potential, The Life and Times of David Bohm by F. David Peat

                                                          March of the Penguins, The Movie

                            A Comparison and Acknowledgement of the Power of a Single Step

                                                                             By Jan Kalberer

 

Walking has caught my attention. Not just walking, but the essence of walking. I have been a walker for as long as I can remember.

At age five, walking to and from Kindergarten. At age nine, walking with a friend to the Library and carrying as many books as possible

for the mile walk back home.  In my thirties, walking became one of my main forms of exercise along with running, swimming laps and

water aerobics. Many forms of exercise have come and gone, but walking has remained. A brisk three to four mile walk always invigorates

me physically and provides emotional balance. I see and think things walking that I feel I would otherwise miss or not have the same

opportunities to encounter new insights.

Walking caught my attention as I was reading two books and watching the film, March Of The Penguins. The books are All Together In

One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick and Infinite Potential, The Life and Times of David Bohm by F. David Peat.

Jane Kirkpatrick writes a story about several families beginning a journey from the Midwest toward Oregon and California. They have

packed their essentials and set out with the hopeful intent of reaching the place where they can own a piece of land and create a new

way of life. During the journey, all the men died of a flu virus. The women and children were then left to make the decision to move forward

or to turn around and return to the homes they had left behind. This story describes how the women used their diversity, differences and

problems to their advantage. They were able to turn the situations around and, in so doing, the group became stronger and more courageous.

Each woman gained an increased respect for herself and each woman in the group. Most of these women and children literally walked

almost the entire journey. Each person changed dramatically along the trail and kept walking in spite of pain, inadequate shoes, clothing

and weather that nearly washed them away.

David Bohm, the brilliant physicist and Einstein's friend, has contributed significantly to the fields of physics, philosophy, psychology and

education. His original thinking and works were often questioned and discredited, but he continued his research with integrity and

determination. He had a daily practice of walking for two full hours. These walks were critical for him to think through his research and to

open his creativity to expressing the research in designs that he developed while walking. Bohm experienced periods of depression

throughout his life and his walks most likely helped him remain emotionally balanced.

In the film, March Of The Penguins, the penguins walked miles to breed and to feed. They instinctively follow their ancient rhythms and

patterns as thousands of them walk to the mating grounds. They find mates and, then, the males and females take turns caring for the

young and walking back and forth to the sea to feed. This movie pulls us along on its tedious, but quietly expectant walks leading to new

life and continuing cycles of life.  Walking seems like such a simple physical activity and at the same time moves us to different places

that can make differences in our lives. How many times have we heard the statement, "It just takes time; be patient, time heals all." It

struck me that it's not really time, but our active participation in time that can begin to make a difference toward healing, changing and

learning. The essence of the act of walking seems to dictate staying present to some extent to notice where we are, where we are going

and how to get there. We also notice what is happening around us while we are moving.  Walking...right, left, left, right. One foot in front

of the other, using both sides of the brain until time and space create an opening for new possibilities to come together.

Walking is something that I no longer take for granted. I am grateful for the ability to walk and for the awareness of how walking opens my

life to discovery. I invite you to breathe, to walk, and to be aware of the wonder of your own life.

 

                                             November 2005 Weekly Quotes    

 

 

“The second half of life is the ultimate initiation. In it, we encounter those new, unexpected, unfamiliar, and unknowable moments that

remind us that we are a sacred mystery made manifest. If we truly understand what is required of us at this stage, we are blessed

with an enormous opportunity to develop and embody wisdom and character. We enjoy limitless possibilities to restore, renew, and

heal ourselves. And because of our increased longevity, for the first time in history we also have the opportunity to create a

map of spiritual maturity for future generations to use as they enter their own later years. “
Angeles Abbien, The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
 

“The unspoken rule is that this four-letter word (love) is to be applied only to one creature on Earth. Homo sapiens. But Why!  A look

at the larger picture shows this presumption of exclusivity is utterly unproved. In a broad physiological sense, we are practically

dentical not only with other mammals but also with birds — muscle for muscle, eye for eye, nerve for nerve, lung for lung, brain for

brain, hormone for hormone — except for differences in detail of particular design specifications.”
Bernd Heinrich “Exposure to Our Real Natures”
 

“Stepping back and viewing from the context of the vast diversity of millions of other organisms that evolved on the tree of life —

grass, trees, tapeworms, hornets, jellyfish, tuna, green anoles and elephants — these animals marching across the screen are

practically kissing cousins to us.”
Bernd Heinrich, regarding the film “March of the Penguins”
 

“One of the incidents that made a profound impression upon the minds of all....the meeting of eleven wagons returning and not a

man left in the entire train, all had died, and been buried on the way, and the women returning alone.”
From the Journals of Ezra Meeker, 1852

 

  

                                                  

 

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