Building on our willingness, rationality, efforts, intentions and ideas, we can effectively act.
An intention and an idea bear fruit only when they are carried into action. For the committed person, willingness and rationality are not part-time. Effort and openness are not merely occasional. Thinking and having new ideas are not rarities.
Engagement is the fruit of commitment. It is the first step on the road to excellence.
Technical and Analytical Readings
- Kelly G. Wilson, The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse (New Harbinger Publications, 2012).
- Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Stroshal and Kelly G. Wilson, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change (The Guilford Press, 2011).
- Steven C. Hayes and Kirk D. Stroshal, A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Springer Science, 2004).
- Steven C. Hayes, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (New Harbinger Publications, 2005).
- Russ Harris, ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).
- Jason B. Luoma, Steven C. Hayes and Robyn Walser, Learning ACT: An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Skills-Training Manual for Therapists (New Harbinger Publications, 2007).
- John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias & Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (New Harbinger Publications, 2008).
- Georg H. Eifert and John P. Forsyth, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies (Nerw Harbinger Publications, 2005).
- Douglas W. Woods and Michael P. Twohig, Trichotillomania: An ACT-Enhance Behavior Therapy Approach (Oxford University Press, 2008).
- Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014): an examination of “the painful mystery of anxiety.”
From the dark side:
- Jean Arp, Rising Up (1962)
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Medieval music of southern Europe: Jordi Savall has become a champion of the music from this region and period. In it, we hear the early stirrings of the human spirit with a distinctly Mediterranean flair:
- Folías de España, 1200-1700 (1969-1983) (256’)
- Javier, La Ruta de Oriente (The Route to the Orient) (2006) (154’), which combines European and Oriental influences
- El Cancionero de la Colombina (1451-1506) (2009) (72’)
- Alfonso X. El Sabio, Cantigas de Santa Maria (2009) (78’)
- Cant de la Sibil-la (1999) (61’)
- Altre Follie: Spanish follies from 1500-1700 (2004) (77’)
- Isabel I - Reina de Castilla y Aragon: Darkness and Lights Darkness and Lights in the Time of the First Renaissance Queen, Isabel of Castile (2003) (78’)
- Ensemble PAN (Project Ars Nova) has also produced a recording, The Island of St. Hylarion, which rivals or exceeds Savall’s work.
Beethoven’s earliest piano sonatas are works of a master, early in his development:
- Piano Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 2/1 (1795) (approx. 19-21’)
- Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2/2 (1795) (approx.23-25’)
- Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3 (1795) (approx. 25-27’)
- Einar Englund, Cello Concerto (1954) (approx. 23’): In each movement, the orchestra announces a commitment, and the cello carries it out.
- Bernardo Pasquini, Quindici Sonate a Due Cimbali (15 sonatas for two harpsichords) (1704) (approx. 80’)
- William Boyce, 8 symphonies (1760) (approx. 60’)
- Alan Broadbent Trio, “Trio in Motion” (2020) (56’): “Alan Broadbent is one of those pianists . . . that is simply incapable of playing a classy note. He plays to his strength here, in trio format, with the rich bass work of Harvie S and drummer Billy Mintz on a collection of tunes that reveals Broadbent’s dna, namely bebop.”