Sunday, July 31, 2016

Excerpt from Matthew's Forthcoming Book, "Inner Harmony: Spiritual Growth at the Piano," Available This Fall!

 Prelude


 The Swiss analytic psychologist Carl Gustav Jung described life with a metaphor of the sun. In the first half of life, as the sun rises, we rise in empowerment through gathering; experiences, education, resources, and friends. The focus during the first half of life is on obtaining. At high-noon, what he called the midlife, it is not uncommon to find a switch from the outward gaze to inward reflection. Jung taught that this transition into the second half of life, the sunset, was marked by an increased interest in spirituality, art, and introspection. It is in this midlife that we take inventory of where we have been, where we are at, and where we are going. Whereas the first half of life was marked by accumulation, the second half of life is characterized by dissemination. By the second half of life we have accumulated the resources, experiences, and knowledge needed to nurture the next generation. “Life,” Jung said, “really does begin at forty.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wilderness Meditation: Being Alone With Ourselves



The angst that we sometimes feel when we are alone can be a moment of contact with ourselves--if we do not escape the contact with distractions. Mountains, rivers, canyons, and oceans all present us with an opportunity to be alone with ourselves, in the presence of something greater and powerful than our individual sense of ego (I). In this wilderness meditation Dr. Giobbi explores how moments of isolation can help us to come into contact with ourselves and others.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wilderness Meditation: The Choice to be Free



We live in a historical, social moment in which causal determinism  seems to be the default assumption of human experience. Ready made explanations about genetic determinism or environmental determinism have all but eliminated the agency of willful action. When William James, suffering from a depressive state in the face of a deterministic world--one which we take as granted today, read the essays on free will by the French philosopher Charles Renouvier, he immediately lifted from his despair. "My first act of free will," proclaimed James, "shall be to believe in free will."

The will, what many philosophers claim to be the defining human characteristic, is evident in our choice to create for the sake of creation--what we call art. In this meditation we explore the ideas of determinism and the human agency of willful choice in existence.