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Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

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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 cu ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by The Golden Sufi Center (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is certainly the most powerful book I have read in years and one that I hope to continue reading for the rest of my life.

Spiritual Ecology is a collection of essays written by religious/spiritual and environmental leaders. I was blown away by the selection of authors that were chosen for this book and the insight that each of them shared. Each essay touches upon ecology in a unique, inspiring way.

I originally bought this book because I was interested in Thich Nhat Hanh, who wrote a great
Florence Millo
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don't you love it when a book puts into words what you have felt but couldn't articulate? That is what this book did for me-- things I had pondered and felt but couldn't quite turn into words.
This is a collection of essays by several thoughtful, spiritual people writing from a variety of perspectives. All point toward a lack spiritual groundedness at the core of the ecological devastation we are currently participating in.
It is not a book to be read in one easy sitting but should be read slowl
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book and fought the urge to highlight and apply tabs to every page, but only because it was the library's own copy coming soon.

This is a fantastic collection of essays on behalf of the earth. In these varied essays, we are faced with all the ways we, as a species, fail the planet, how we started failing thousands of years ago, and how industrialization is taking us beyond the tipping point. Susan Murphy's essay really drove home ways we are failing. Through our
Guttersnipe Das
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you arrive suddenly in a foreign city, a city where you do not know the landmarks and do not speak the language, you may find yourself urgently in need a guide. In the same way, this book is vitally necessary, now that we find ourselves in a changed and unfamiliar world. If we wish to survive as a civilization, we need to find new paths - and we need to find them quickly. You would do well to call in sick to work - and stay home to read this.

A few of the texts here I'd found previously, inclu
Ilona Meagher
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so refreshing, so empowering, so magic-revealing and so human meaning-making. If your response to the environmental challenges we face (yes, they *are* serious and quite painful to digest) is to tune out and weep as if all is already lost, this book may buy you some hope.

More of us putting its concepts to practice may also buy Gaia (and all of her life forms) more time.

David Salmon
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Spiritual Ecology is a collection of essays illustrating humanities past relationships with the Earth and the current issues our relationship faces. It is beautiful, insightful and inspiring to read. Not only does it motivate you to deepen your connection to the land, it also keeps you grounded. Each writer comes from a unique background and shares their understanding of spiritual ecology in a beautiful way.
Stephanie Bogdanich
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought this would have some interesting and unique ideas about communicating about climate change but it's the same old stuff I've read elsewhere. ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: environment
This is an extraordinary compilation of short essays that successfully updates the concept of deep ecology. The well chosen authors offer a diversity of perspectives that run the entire imaginable gamut. I am especially impressed with this book because the authors are not afraid to boldly state and explore the vital spiritual dimension of ecology.

As Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee says, “In only relating to our planet from a physical perspective, much of the ecological movement perpetuates the concept of
Jeremy Landau
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good collection of essays combining ecology, spirituality, and the predominant crisis of our time.
Paul Rack
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really important and beautiful book including reflections from leaders and thinkers in many different spiritual traditions. The theme is the soul of the planet, which is a different tack than most books like this that examine the physical side of ecological degradation. These writers are more about the degrading of our spirituality and our sense of the earth as sacred, and the disastrous consequences thereof. One essay postulated an expansion of the "I" to include our identification with the p ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There could be so much said for this collection of truly didactic and spiritual voices not only raising a heightened awareness of our increasingly sickened planet, but also rallying a call to moral arms for each and every one of us to DO SOMETHING about it, by communing with nature, appreciating the universal spirituality of life on both micro and macro levels, and by waylaying the vices of consumerism, myopic narcissism, wanton waste, ruination, and insatiable greed, for the greater good of the ...more
Daveed-yisrael Halevi
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and eloquent essays on eco-pedagogy and our need to return to a loving relationship to our ecosystem .
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A stirring collection of essays discussing the calamity of climate change. Because of our spiritual connection to the earth, we suffer as Gaia suffers.
Daniel Behn
Most excellent, these are the great thinkers of our times. Real paradigm shifters. More to come soon!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
kind of redundant but still a good read
Jordan Wong
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spiritual Ecology presents a series of essays concerning our much abused Earth and our spiritual darkness resulting from its deterioration. These essays, written by leaders of differing faiths and spiritualities, collectively point towards a single notion: the Earth is suffering as a consequence of our (humanity's) perceived detachment from the world. Our present, prevailing culture views nature as a resource to exploit, deemed only worthy in its utility to human purposes. Yet in reality, we are ...more
Stacy Sevier
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Earth is sacred, simple enough. My 2 favorite essays are: The World of Wonder (Thomas berry) and The Call of the Earth (Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee). This book is a call to action, to bring us back to the mindset that we are the guardians of this sacred planet and connected to every living thing. Earth is alive and crying for us to notice what is happening to our "Mother". This is not a scientific book about climate change but a collection of essays focusing on our loss of spiritual connection to the ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
“Spiritual ecology is the fire by which you can sit, to hear the stories of our human legacy and responsibility told once again in clear voices. It is the place where you can understand most intimately and immediately that spirit and nature are one, and that what affects one thing ultimately affects everything.”

I read this book for a class. The message from each author, while coming from a slightly different place of realization/philosophy/spiritual tradition, was powerful and important. It prov
Laura Coramai
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Spiritually viewing the climate crisis we are in makes sense - actually it's about more than just the Climate, it is about the whole of creation...and with a spiritually mindful approach to understanding one is inspired to activism as in Engaged Buddhism, of which I am so about from reading this book. Essays that are show us how an "evolutionary crisis of the human spirit" (Stanley and Loy's essay) is at the root of the crisis we face, but how we can also heed "the call of the earth" (Vaughan-Le ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
"Spiritual ecology is  about  a  shift  in  consciousness, a  return  to  the  sacred  that  embraces  and  infuses all  of  creation.  Rather  than  a  soulless,  materialistic world, it envisions a living universe resonant with wonder  and  meaning.  But  in  order  to  heal  an  Earth polluted  and  ravaged  by  our  present  civilization, the  principles  of  spiritual  ecology  need  to  be  put into  action.  This  is  the  calling  for  those  who  have the  energy  and  passion  to  act  ...more
Rob Grady
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The opening phrase of chapter 1, "NEYAWENHA SKANNOH," (thank you for being well) reverberates throughout the many surprising chapters, showing soulful links between humans and their environment. The notion of "place," as something other than space/ and time definition, is another surprising theme of the book that is covered from the perspective of many cultures.

Awesome book to start the summer, even better in the midst of a heat wave.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting collection of essays on deep ecology and spiritual ecology. Some (like the shaman woman and her group that "charged up" fruit) were too woo-woo for me, but many others were very heartfelt and offered surprisingly insightful views on how the world's many religious exhort us to be kinder to the earth, particularly the essay by a Franciscan friar who had some very pointed words to say about Christian exceptionalism. ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some ideas are brilliant to use and persuade people to change in this "material" world. However, others are abstract and inapplicable to me. Or I'm not convinced completely that spiritual approach can change the whole environmental issue, though I believed significance of spirit to some extend (or I'm too rational).

Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspiring collection of essays. Of course, I found some more enlightening than others, but all around good read. I hope to read more books by the essayists. I would read this again! May have to purchase a copy so I can bookmark and highlight my favorite passages!
Amy Makortoff
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I reread this book often. I absolutely love the messages throughout the stories. I hope more people open their minds to this concept.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deep-ecology
Inspiring and full of diverse insights
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good read
May 07, 2020 added it
I could read this all day, every day :') ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
Best book I’ve read in years
Luca Tanaka
Thoughtful essays from a diverse group of experts, each a good length to be read one-a-day. This book was an excellent companion to a daily guided spiritual thought practice, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for spiritual and ecological insights to carry into their daily lives.
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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (born 1953, London) is a Sufi mystic and lineage successor in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He is an extensive lecturer and author of several books about Sufism, mysticism, dreamwork and spirituality.

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