Spiritual Ecology : The Cry of the Earth
Overview - Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity can transform its relationship with the Earth. Read more...
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Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity can transform its relationship with the Earth. Combining the thoughts and beliefs from a diverse range of essayists, this collection highlights the current ecological crisis and articulates a much-needed spiritual response to it. Perspectives from Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American beliefs as well as physics, deep psychology, and other environmental disciplines, make this a well-rounded contribution.
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In this series of essays, edited by Sufi spiritual teacher and author Vaughn-Lee (Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism), writers from different faith traditions mourn the damage done to the Earth. They call for spiritual rather than technological healing in reestablishing harmony between humans and the planet. The essays, by authors ranging from Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh to Christian writer Richard Rohr, repeat the same message: the Earth is not separate from humanity, and humans have no license to ravage it. The world is a spiritual being and until that view is accepted, humans are doomed to follow a path of destruction. Soul work, not environmental tinkering, is key. Despite the gloomy ecological outlook, these essays exude optimism in their belief that love and harmony can prevail over greed and insanity. They are eloquent and passionate pleas for the planet. The book’s only flaw is that its brilliant music repeats one theme—even one that arguably needs to be heard over and over. (July 1)