"In Nature, Love, Medicine, nearly two dozen writers, poets, scientists, and healers reflect on what loving and needing nature really means to them. Read it, and you'll be stirred to ask the same of your own reflectionin the clearest, quietest pool you can find." Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown
By healing our relationship with nature, we heal ourselves. Robin Wall Kimmerer
A diverse array of peoplepsychologists and poets, biologists and artists, a Buddhist teacher and a rock musicianshare personal stories that reveal a common theme: when we pay conscious, careful attention to our wider world, we strengthen our core humanity. This practice of natural history leads to greater physical, psychological, and social health for individuals and communities.
Nature, Love, Medicine features writers with varied backgrounds and talents. Notable contributors range from conservationist and author Brooke Williams and award-winning author Elisabeth Tova Bailey to Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and internationally known poet Jane Hirshfield.
Thomas Lowe Fleischner, editor of Nature, Love, Medicine, is a naturalist and conservation biologist, and founding director of the Natural History Institute at Prescott College, where he has taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for almost three decades. He edited The Way of Natural History and authored Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands.
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About the Author
Fleischner has been Professor of Environmental Studies at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, for 28 years, and is the founding director of its Natural History Institute. He was a co–founder of North Cascades Institute in Washington State, and the founding president of the Natural History Network. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology as president of its Colorado Plateau Chapter, and in an advisory capacity to several other conservation and educational organizations.
Table of Contents
The Gods Are Not Large
THOMAS LOWE FLEISCHNER
Our Deepest Affinity
GARY PAUL NABHAN
The Silence of the Forest As Our Lover
Plants, Health, and People of the Forbidden Mountains
GWEN ANNETTE HEISTAND
The Blue Gate
New Words, Lost Words, and Terms of Endearment
Serendipity, Sculpture, and Story
SARAH JUNIPER RABKIN
Spark and Fire
Nature. Love. Medicine. Healing. Reciprocity. Generosity.
ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING
City of Loves
The Path of Healing
ELISABETH TOVA BAILEY
Biophilia At My Bedside
Murtle Lake Rx: A Dose of Wind and Rain
PABLO DEUSTUA JOCHAMOWITZ
Meeting the Gray Fox
PETER H. KAHN, JR.
Environmental Generational Amnesia
Sense of Place Before and After Race
In the Form of Birds
ROBIN WALL KIMMERER
THICH NHAT HANH
Falling in Love With the Earth
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