High-Fives for Elyse Pitock, BC ’15

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Feeling like I should rewatch "2012" for survival ideas

Maybe something to worry about

As December 21st creeps ever closer, there’s a lot to worry about—should I stock up on water or tequila? In the event of zombies, should I invest in a chainsaw? Should I start taking notes when I watch “Doomsday Preppers?” While Bwog sits and counts its anxieties on its fingers, Elyse Pitock, BC ’15, went as far as to submit hers to the New York Times’ Anxiety column. That’s right—as of 10 am yesterday, Barnard’s own Elyse Pitock has been published in the New York Times.

Read her end-of-the-world story and be sure to give her a high-five if you see her.

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  1. BC '13

    it's not an end-of-the-world story. it's a story about anorexia. did you bother to read it?

  2. Anonymous  

    Read past the first line BWOG, this is about an eating disorder, not zombies.

    Beautiful writing, congrats Elyse!

  3. TRB  

    Elyse, lovely piece. Congratulations!

  4. Laurence Topliffe

    From The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
    The world won't end. DO search for "
    40. By controlling the nerve-currents that govern the lungs and the upper part of the body, the yogi can walk on water and swamps, or on thorns and similar objects, and he can die at will.
    41. By controlling the force which governs the prana, he can surround himself with a blaze of light.
    This is the force which regulates the various functions of the vital energy (prana). One of the brother-disciples of Sri Ramakrishna actually had this power; and it is recorded that he once used it to light the path for Ramakrishna on a dark night. However, Ramakrishna later found it necessary to take the power away from him because it was making him dangerously egotistic.
    42. By making samyama on the relation between the ear and the ether, one obtains supernatural powers of hearing.

    43. By making samyama on the relation between the body and the ether, or by acquiring through meditation the lightness of cotton fiber, the yogi can fly through the air.
    44. By making samyama on the thought-waves of the mind when it is separated from the body-the state known as the Great Disincarnation-all coverings can be removed from the light of knowledge.
    Like aphorism 39, this refers to the yoga power of Withdrawing the mind from one's own body in order to make it pass into the body of another. In this state of withdrawal, the "Great Disincarnation," the mental coverings composed of rajas and tamas dwindle away and the light of sattwa is revealed.
    45. By making samyama on the gross and subtle forms of the elements, on their essential char-acteristics and the inherence of the gunas in them, and on the experiences they provide for the individual, one gains mastery of the elements.
    46. Hence one gains the power of becoming as tiny as an atom and all similar powers; also perfection of the body, which is no longer subject to the obstructions of the elements.
    Not only can the yogi become as tiny as an atom but as huge as a mountain, as heavy as lead, or as light as air. And the elements cease to obstruct him. He can pass through rock. He can hold his hand in the fire, unburned. He can walk through water, unwetted. He can stand firm against a hurricane.
    47. Perfection of the body includes beauty, grace, strength and the hardness of a thunderbolt.

  5. Anonymous  

    4 for you Elyse, you go Elyse!

  6. SEAS 14  

    Got as far as "Torah" and then lost all interest. Good for you, though, writing girl.

  7. Sally

    I've been bragging about you!

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