Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth

Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth

by Catriona MacGregor


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In today’s world, it’s often too easy to forget about the world outside the window. People struggle daily with stressful jobs, trapped under fluorescent lighting, staring at glowing screens, or surrounded by concrete when they could be outdoors, acknowledging the gifts of natural world. In the face of its absence, we are finally beginning to understand that our connection with nature—plants, trees, animals, and the energy of the earth itself—is more than a luxury; it is a necessary and vital part of our existence. In Partnering with Nature, Catriona MacGregor weaves together historical, spiritual, and scientific examples to emphasize the importance of creating a vital relationship with our natural surroundings. Our separation from nature leads to several devastating effects, whether through stress, feeling a lack of purpose, or the heedless destruction of our environment. Through her exploration of the energies that link humans, animals, and the natural world, she shows how we can learn from nature as we develop our spirituality and ourselves. Through diverse approaches, Catriona offers the reader a solid understanding of why a connection with the Earth is vital to our existence, and how a revival of that connection opens doors to a myriad of benefits in our environment and in our health, our daily lives, and our happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582702193
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catriona MacGregor
is an attorney, environmental activist, corporate consultant, and spiritual life coach. A contributor (along with Thich Nhat Hanh, Fritjof Capra, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and Prince Charles) to Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and the Planet, she is also the founder of Awen Grove, an international non-profit dedicated to bringing the inspiration and wisdom of nature into people’s lives. She lives in Fairfax, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Partnering with Nature ix

Part 1 Our Relationship with Nature

1 Touched by Nature 3

2 A Feeling Knowing-A Knowing Feeling 11

3 Banished from the Realm of the Sacred 15

Part 2 The Wisdom of the Wild

4 Plants as Evolutionary Masters 31

5 Reading the Signs of Nature 55

6 The Power of Animals 63

7 Sacred Places 85

Part 3 Inner Wholeness

8 The Spiral Dance 103

9 Vision and Nature Quests 111

10 Rites of Passage 127

11 Healing Ourselves through Nature 145

12 Honoring the Creative Within and Without 157

Part 4 Changing Ourselves, Changing the World

13 Earth Song 175

14 Toward a New Global Ethic 187

15 Reverence for Life 197

16 Singing the Animals Back to Life 207

17 The Biggest Love 227

18 Humanity and Purpose 235

Epilogue: Discovering Joy in Nature 257

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Resources 287

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