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Active Hope

How to Face the Mess We're In without Going Crazy
Paperback Book
New World Library
March, 2012
$27.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

“To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first.” —Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft

Most books addressing global issues focus on either our dire problems or grand-scale solutions. Authors Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone focus instead on equipping us with a transformational mindset.

We examine what makes it so difficult to talk about our planetary crisis and provide tools that support us in having the empowering conversations our times call for... Scattered throughout the book are “Try This” boxes inviting you to experience practices we find valuable both for personal use and in groups.

We face the facts of a planet and economies in crisis, and we acknowledge that individuals can’t necessarily create their desired outcomes, but rather than allowing these two realities to shut us down, we choose active hope. This hope is something we do rather than something we have. Rather than acting only when we deduce we may succeed, we focus on our intention and let that be our guide. On this path we discover new strengths, open to a network of allies, and experience a deepening of aliveness. Because we are actively giving—and receiving—hope, we can face global crises without despair and play a personal role in the collective “Great Turning” toward a life-sustaining society.

The spiral of the Work That Reconnects is something we can come back to again and again as a source of strength and fresh insights. It reminds us that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe. It maps out an empowerment process that journeys through four successive movements, or stations, described as Coming from Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth...

The spiral offers a transformational journey that deepens our capacity to act for the sake of life on Earth.

“If you have despaired for our world, and if you love life, Active Hope will be for you an extraordinary blessing.” —John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution

Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism and lifelong eco-activist. Among her works are Coming Back to Life and the DVD Joanna Macy: The Work That Reconnects. Chris Johnstone is a specialist in the psychology of addiction and resilience.

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