While bringing together a collection of articles published mostly in GreenSpirit magazine, ‘Dark Nights of the Green Soul’ highlights insights about facing difficult times, alongside reflections on our interactive relationship with Nature and our shared responsibilities.
The book’s three main parts present various perspectives about working with darkness and ways in which we can creatively move forward. The first and smallest section considers different types of darkness as well as its benefits. The middle and largest section includes further wisdom, along with personal stories about times of difficulty people encountered, and how each of the storytellers found new meaning and growth by either connecting with an animal friend or in Earth-centred spiritual awakenings and teachings. The four articles in the last section reflect upon the state of the planet and offer practical views for the times in which we live and ‘the great work’ we need to embrace.
Foreword – Ian Mowll / Publisher’s Preface / Introduction – Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston) / PART ONE: ABOUT DARKNESS / 1. Letting Dark Be Dark (poem) – Grace Blindell / 2. Growing in the Dark – Trevor Sharman / 3. Symptoms in Search of a Higher Self – William Fulford / PART TWO: JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS / 4. From Breakdown to Breakthrough – Mary Jo Radcliffe / 5. An Unexpected Helper – Marshall Wayne Lee / 6. A Quest into the Dark Side – Nicola Smalley / 7. Dark Nights versus ‘I sparkle the waters’: Depression and Green Spirituality – Alex Brianson / 8. My Beloved River – Caroline Rosie Dent / 9. Befriending the Dark – Ian Mowll / 10. Walking a Razor’s Edge – Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston) / PART THREE: WAYS AHEAD IN DARKNESS / 11. Our Children Are Our Future – Joan Angus / 12. Reading the Signs: Why I Shall Keep Getting up in the Mornings – Marian Van Eyk McCain / 13. Facing the Darkness – June Raymond / 14. Letting Go and Letting Gaia – Malcolm Hollick and Christine Connelly / GREENSPIRIT RESOURCES / GreenSpirit Book Series and Other Resources
Joan Angus, Grace Blindell, Alex Brianson, Christine Connelly, Caroline Rosie Dent, William Fulford, Malcolm Hollick, Marshall Wayne Lee, Marian Van Eyk McCain, Mary Jo Radcliffe, June Raymond, Trevor Sharman and Nicola Smalley.
Ian Mowll and Santoshan (aka Stephen Wollaston).
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About the Author
Ian Mowll is a co-editor and layout artist of ‘GreenSpirit’ magazine and is GreenSpirit’s Administrator. His career started with computing in the financial markets, followed by charity/social enterprise work and is now more involved in Earth-centred spiritual development. He is also involved with the Interfaith Foundation and is an independent celebrant.
Stephen lives in the east end of London. He was given the name Santoshan (meaning contentment) by an English swami in the mid-90s. In his early 20s, he played in one of London’s first punk rock bands, The Wasps. He has studied transpersonal psychology, typographic design, and holds a degree in religious studies and a postgraduate certificate in religious education from King’s College London. He has served as a Council member of GreenSpirit, is a part of its editorial and publishing team, and recently worked as a coordinator of academic writing for a medical university in the Middle East. His books include 'The House of Wisdom: Yoga Spirituality of the East and West' (coauthored, Mantra Books 2007); 'Spirituality Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life' (Earth Books 2011); 'Rivers of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality' (GreenSpirit 2014); 'Realms of Wondrous Gifts: Psychic, Mediumistic and Miraculous Powers in the Great Mystical and Wisdom Traditions' (free Smashwords edition 2008); and the multi-authored 'Pathways of Green Wisdom: Discovering Earth Centred Teachings in Spiritual and Religious Traditions' (compiled and edited by Stephen for GreenSpirit in 2015).