"The first edition of this book fostered the emergence of the "Spiritual Ecology Movement," which recognizes the need for a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. It drew an overwhelmingly positive response from readers, many of whom are asking the simple question, "What can I do?" This second expanded edition offers new chapters, including two from younger authors who are putting the principles of spiritual ecology into action, working with their hands as well as their hearts. It also includes a new preface and revised chapter by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, that reference two major recent events: the publication of Pope Francis's encyclical, "On Care for Our Common Home," which brought into the mainstream the idea that "the ecological crisis is essentially a spiritual problem"; and the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, which saw representatives from nearly 200 countries come together to address global warming, including faith leaders from many traditions. Bringing together voices from Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American traditions, as well as from physics, deep psychology, and other environmental disciplines, this book calls on us to reassess our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the Earth and wake up to our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet."
What does Spiritual Ecology mean to you?
I am always curious to hear what spiritual ecology mean to others. I remember the first time I read these words and how they immediately piqued so many questions within me. Never before had I thought of ecology as a spiritual field, yet I was aware that my relationship to the natural world had always been inherently spiritual. Something about these two words in relationship to each other made immediate sense and yet I didn’t yet know much about this emerging field. Over the last few years I have learned deeply from the many conversations that have sprung up over the simple question, “what is spiritual ecology?”
I thought this might be the perfect place to start off the Spiritual Ecology Book Shelf!
For the Avid Readers
Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life, is a great additional read.
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