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Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World

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Many of us feel called to respond to the ecological destruction of our planet, yet we feel overwhelmed, immobilized, and unable to deal realistically with the threats to life on Earth. Noted spiritual and environmental thinkers Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown contend that this crippling response to world crisis is a psychological defense mechanism that has been endemic s ...more
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Published October 1st 1998 by New Society Publishers
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Aug 16, 2011 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in waking up.
Recommended to Eric by: A Good Friend
Reading this book is like taking a cold shower that sobers you and wakes you up after a drunken stuper. Then it is like a friend standing by with a warm towel and some clean clothes. Then it is like a warm community gathering where everyone is included and compassionately held along the journey of deep healing. I can't say enough about this book. Words fall short.
Sep 16, 2007 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone

This book is a breakdown of what it takes to create a potent experiential workshop that truly changes lives. It is drawn from decades of activism, spiritual practice, and practical research by Joanna Macy, a woman i consider to be a valued elder of the community, a mentor, and a gift.

Joanna Macy has touched thousands of people through her life, training educators and clergy around the world in the implementation of group practices that range from eye opening to profound.

If you choose to read t
Daniel Behn
We repress what we really feel about the future, a growing anxiety that we are losing it. We are losing nature bit by bit. We are losing community, we are losing possibilities for future generations of enjoying biodiversity, and we are risking the very future of sustaining life itself. In our race of time, we repress these feelings, we replicate a model that plunders the earth, based on a false need of continuous production, consumption, division of labor and marginalization of great parts of so ...more
An awakening book that provides a plethora of suggestions, experiences, and exercises that promise to be helpful if you are interested in leading workshops focusing on deep ecology, or interpersonal bonding.
Misha Fredericks
Very good if you want to lead a group using her principles. After years of feeling despondent over the state of our world, her book helped me cope with my feelings.
This has a bunch of great group exercises about facing despair and finding hope, as well as the theory behind Macy's work on despair (systems theory, eg)
Carolyn Boyd
Another wonderful and important book from one of my favorite authors!
Michelle Merrill
This is a book I keep coming back to for engaging activities to share with groups and workshops. Beautiful!
Jun 25, 2009 Rah~ri marked it as to-read

one i'll have to take a closer look at...
only willing to pay two bucks for it though :)
(used) See if it decides to appear at a tag sale!



we'll see
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Feb 28, 2012 Jaina Bee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: seekers, activists, systems geeks
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I have a feeling I'm going to be returning to this book many times to review its insights and practice the group exercises.
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