Monday, June 20, 2016

Stephen Wollaston interview

Introducing Stephen Wollaston, also known as Santoshan to Mind Body and Spirit Magazine readers. Please tell us something about yourself please:
Santoshan: During the 70s I played electric bass guitar in 'Lady June's Elysium’ (the singer, Lady June, was quite known at the time) and I also played in the Wasps, who were one of London’s first punk groups. I stopped playing to concentrate on graphics work to make a living. My creativity surfaced with the ability to write, particularly after becoming close friends with the ex-Benedictine monk and medium Glyn Edwards, who asked me to co-author a book with him. Around that time, I took a degree in religious studies and a post-grad certificate in education, and interest in English language and transpersonal psychology. I began teaching humanities subjects as well as English language. Yet I have continued to enjoy graphics work and have written on various interrelated spiritual topics. I have released eight books to date. I regularly give my time freely to the UK-based charity GreenSpirit, of which I am a Council member, and I am actively involved in work for its Editorial and Publishing Committee. The different areas of my life I mentioned – writing, knowledge of English language, typographic design various religious and spiritual traditions – all come in useful for the work I and do for GreenSpirit. And some music I recorded with a friend has been used for a couple of projects.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Loneliness - Ben Lazare Mijuskovic

MBS Book Review: Feeling Lonesome - The Philosophy and Psychoogy of Loneliness by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic PhD published by Praeger, 204 pages. 

This is a meaty academic study for serious students of this subject. It discusses the major viewpoints of great thinkers from ancient times to the modern day. This book explains who we are and why we are the way we are, how loneliness is innate and how it has inspired, motivated and created us. God, time, sanity, war and other subjects are tackled by the world specialist.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Why We Fear Honesty by Julia Austin

Life would be so much easier if everyone just said what was on their mind. It could be more painful, but we would get things done quicker and get to the bottom of things sooner. Instead, we put tons of energy into finding a more polite way to say everything--into not offending people and keeping up a certain image. And while it's sweet to consider the feelings of others when we talk, some honesty goes down the drain when we don't just speak our mind.