Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World

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Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada 1998 Trade Paperback Not Given Fine 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. "In COMING BACK TO LIFE, the authors offer eloquent and compelling insight ... into the roots of our angst, then point the way forward out of apathy to 'the work that reconnects. ' An inspiring and practical guide, this much sought-after update and expansion of Joanna Macy's earlier BESPAIR AND PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT IN THE NUCLEAR AGE will be welcomed throughout the world by all those concerned with peace, spirit, eco-activism and education. " This book has 223 pages. Read more Show Less

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Many of us feel called to respond to the ecological destruction of our planet, yet we feel overwhelmed, immobilized, and unable to deal realistically with the threats to life on Earth. Noted spiritual and environmental thinkers Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown contend that this crippling response to world crisis is a psychological defense mechanism that has been endemic since the years of the Cold War arms race, when we had to adapt within a single generation to the horrific possibility of nuclear holocaust.

Since its publication in 1983, Joanna Macy's book, Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age has sold nearly 30,000 copies and has been the primary resource for groups of men and women confronting the challenging realities of our time without succumbing to paralysis or panic. Coming Back to Life provides a much needed update and expansion of this pioneering work. At the interface between spiritual breakthrough and social action, Coming Back to Life is eloquent and compelling as well as being an inspiring and practical guide. The first third of the book discusses with extraordinary insight the angst of our era, and the pain, fear, guilt and inaction it has engendered; it then points forward to the way out of apathy, tio "the work that reconnects". The rest of the book offers both personal counsel and easy-to-use methods for working with groups in a number of ways to profoundly affect peoples' outlook and ability to act in the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mathew Fox
1. To Choose Life
2. The Greatest Danger: Apatheia, The Deadening of Mind & Heart
3. The Basic Miracle: Our True Nature & Power
4. The Work that Reconnects
5. Guiding Group Work
6. Affirmation: Coming from Gratitude
7. Despair Work: Owning & Honoring Our Pain for the World
8. The Shift: Seeing with New Eyes
9. Deep Time: Drawing on Past & Future Generations
10. The Council of All Beings: Rejoining the Natural World
11. Going Forth
12. Meditations for Coming Back to Life

Joanna Macy has developed an international following over the course of 40 years as a speaker and workshop leader on Buddhist philosophy and the deep ecology movement

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865713918
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Message from the Dalai Lama
Foreword 1
Preface 5
Preface 9
1 To Choose Life 15
2 The Greatest Danger: Apatheia, The Deadening of Mind & Heart 25
3 The Basic Miracle: Our True Nature and Power 39
4 The Work That Reconnects 57
5 Guiding Group Work 63
6 Affirmation: Coming From Gratitude 81
7 Despair Work: Owning And Honoring Our Pain For The World 91
8 The Shift: Seeing With New Eyes 113
9 Deep Time: Reconnecting With Past And Future Generations 135
10 The Council Of All Beings: Rejoining The Natural World 149
11 Going Forth 167
12 Meditations For Coming Back To Life 183
App. A Chief Seattle's Message 197
App. B The Bestiary 203
App. C A Council of All Beings: The Site Speaks 207
Reference Notes 211
Resources 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Suffering breaks the heart open, an open heart leads to compassi

    Suffering breaks the heart open, an open heart leads to compassion, compassion leads to action to stop suffering. Joanna Macy gives us permission to feel the suffering of the planet and the practical tools to lead both ourselves and our planet back to creation. This work that re-connects is powerful medicine for the soul.

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