A book for our times. Sarah Wilson addresses the loneliness we all feel without the social contact that defines most of us. How can we find connection with others and the outside world when most of our time is spent inside our homes? Wilson looks at the spiritual side of "aloneness" and shows the reader how fulfilling it can be.
“Sarah Wilson is a force of nature – quite literally. She has taken her pain and grief about our sick and troubled world and alchemized it into action, advocacy, adventure, poetry, and true love.” — ELIZABETH GILBERT
Wake up and reclaim your one wild and precious life. New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson shows you how in this radical spiritual guidebook, the book we need NOW.
Many of us are living with the sense that things are not right with the world and are in a state of spiritual PTSD. We have retreated, morally and psychologically; we are experiencing a crisis of disconnection—from one another, from our true values, from joy, and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it. Sarah Wilson argues that this sense of despair and disconnection is ironically what unites us—that deep down, we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living. Drawing on science, literature, philosophy and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading experts, and her personal journey, Wilson offers a hopeful path forward to the life we love. En route, she shows us how to wake up and reconnect with life using “wild practices” that include:
· Hike. Embrace the “walking cure” as great minds throughout history have.
· Go to your edge. Do what scares you and embrace discomfort daily.
· #Buylesslivemore. Break the cycle of mindless consumption and get light with your life.
· Become a soul nerd. Light up your intellect with the arts.
· Get “full-fat spiritual”. Have an active practice and use it to change the world.
· Practice wild activism. Through sustained, non-violent protest we can create our better world.
The time has come to boldly, wildly imagine better. We are being called upon, individually and as a society, to forge a new path and to find a new way of living. Will you join the journey?
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Table of Contents
Our crisis of connection 17
All the lonely people 18
A pub-to-pub walk: Dorset-Somerset-Wilshire, England 29
The scrolling, the bloody scrolling. 35
The C-bomb 48
The Heididorf hike, Switzerland 64
The elephant in the room 76
A path for our souls 93
A brief bridging chapter 94
The Royal National Park hike, Sydney, Australia 102
Cultivate big kindness like a Greek 106
The Samariá Gorge trail, Crete, Greece 108
Become a soul nerd 122
The Lake District hike, Cumbria, England 123
Go to your edge 136
The Julian Alps hike, Slovenia 150
Hike, just hike. 152
The White Mountain trail, Crete, Greece 165
Get full-fat spiritual 173
Joshua Tree National Park hike, California, USA 176
Now we change the world 189
Show up to your appointment 190
The Grose Valley hike, the Blue Mountains, Australia 196
Start where you are 209
St. Ives to Penzance hike, England 237
Pay attention! think! 243
The Cradle Mountain hike, Tasmania 252
Get antifragile 259
The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walk, Japan 263
Be comfortable not knowing 272
Forest bathing hike, Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA 282
A flâneur in Paris (in which history repeats itself) 286
Get wild 291
Wadi Rum hike, Jordan 293
Become adult 313
The John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada, California, USA 326
You can find more on my website* 343
Text acknowledgments 343