Sunny Side Up
By BJ Appelgren
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Published: Sep. 13, 2012
Words: 78,554 (approximate)
Sunny Side Up is a memoir about a young woman’s search for meaning during the restless 1970s. Her yearlong quest takes place at an esoteric school run by the philosopher J.G. Bennett, himself a student of the elusive G.I. Gurdjieff. This thoughtful memoir will appeal to anyone who has questioned authority or loved blindly.
Thousands of young Americans roamed Europe in the 1970s seeking spiritual truth and sustainable alternatives to a culture of growing materialism. Artist BJ Appelgren describes her yearlong quest at Sherborne, an esoteric school in England run by philosopher J.G. Bennett. The students practiced spiritual exercises from both East and West, including self-observation, decision training, sacred movements, cosmology, and meditations. In their fourteen-hour days, they also grew food and maintained the huge estate that housed the school. Sunny Side Up offers a portrayal of perplexing yet rich lessons, personal failures and triumphs, as well as humorous good will. These are characteristics recognizable to all seekers who have looked for love and answers from others, later understood to be found only within.
, 1960s culture
, psychological exercises
, john g bennett
, learning how to learn
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