The backlash against Oprah's use of the phrase this week ignores its 90-year American history.
The New Age category, with its history of appropriation, outlives those dedicated to cultural traditions.
Although piano was his 1st instrument at the age of 7, Kevin Lucas became a nationally renowned percussionist and marimba virtuoso as a young man. The spine of this story however, is that Kevin Lucas, a marimba and World Drum Specialist, was Born to Drum.
Job searching is a dreaded responsibility which all of us have had to face at some point. When you are Pagan the dread increases.
Not to be too cute about it, then, but New Age Politics could be re-titled "The Yogi and the Commissar Walked Into a Bar
"Tell me princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?" I remember listening to those words as a little kid, singing them over and over, and feeling sad on the inside.
We live in an interesting world, and interesting times, for sure. Of course, this is the world we live in today, and one that may be interesting to us. However, for those of us that did not know of another time, this is interesting stuff.
And then, just as I turned the corner -- as if choreographed by the hand of an all knowing God -- the perfect parking space opened up right in front of the ashram. How fortunate I felt! How graced! I closed my eyes and meditated some more.
Here's the thing about this saying, attributed to Lao Tzu (just below, in quotes), and others like it, which are very popular