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Chapter 25. Breathwork with Goethe

In 1819 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a breathing exercise:  „Im Athemholen sind zweyerley Gnaden: Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen. Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt; So wunderbar ist das Leben gemischt. Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt, Und dank’ ihm, wenn er dich wieder entlässt.“ This last verse of the poem “Talismane”, which is […]

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Chapter 15. Close reading or critique? The triangle of environmentality

As a literary scholar I am used to quote not only literature as source for my arguments but also other opinions on the subject I am writing about. Whenever I ask myself why I used that theoretical approach instead of another I give myself the answer – because it fits.  This is clearly a subjective […]

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Chapter 13. Reconnecting with the “great outside”? On the inside.

What is the great Outside? It is the great Inside? Maybe? As Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung quotes M. NourbeSe Philip: “We begin life in a propositional relationship with breath: someone breathes for us.”1 Is the great outside an illusion? The ontological sphere which cannot be grasp yet only understand through human subjectivity (as stated by […]

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