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February 25, 2007 01:31 PM

The Shaman’s Body

The reason I decided to read The Shaman’s Body by Arnold Mindell was because Rob Brezsny included a quote that caught my eye a few weeks ago in my email horoscope.

“It is as if you live and die many times. It seems sometimes as if you have just one central lesson to learn: to continuously drop all sorts of rigid identities… Personal history may be your own greatest danger.”
— The Shaman’s Body, by Arnold Mindell

My friend Lara and I recently had an intense conversation. One of the things she told me was that a few years ago she had decided to stop beating herself up about trying to live up to her potential. Her exact words were, “Fuck potential.” Yes, fuck potential. Fuck personal history. I have to find the courage to find out who I am today instead of always trying to live up to who I was supposed to be yesterday.

The book offered much more than reasons about why personal history is dangerous. As I continue my Lenten writings, I will try to reflect on some of the things I learned and am still learning. I should do some of the exercises in the book, giving real time to reflection, as I tend to devour books at an alarming pace not compatible with maximum degustation and absorption.

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