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Active Hope (revised edition)

How to Face the Mess We're in with Unexpected Resilience & Creative Power
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
June, 2022
ISBN:
9781608687107
Quantity: 
4
$25.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, political polarization, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science.

We 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.

 "It’s hard to think of a more important task than to empower us ordinary folk with tools that allow us to engage with the monumental challenges that confront us — tools that nourish our creativity and bolster our confidence and resilience. If you want to serve the living Earth but don’t know how, if you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task ahead, if you want to find the part that only you can play in the ‘great work,’ please read this book.”John Seed, founder of the Rainforest Information Centre

“We belong to the Earth, and our precious living world is in crisis. More than any book I’ve read, Active Hope shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the Great Turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others — for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future.”Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“This is a juicy, creative, and powerful book.”Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture magazine

Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism and lifelong eco-activist. Among her works are Coming Back to Life and World as Lover, World as Self. Chris Johnstone is a doctor and specialist in the psychology of addiction and resilience.

For more in-depth: ActiveHope.info.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, political polarization, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science.

We 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.

 "It’s hard to think of a more important task than to empower us ordinary folk with tools that allow us to engage with the monumental challenges that confront us — tools that nourish our creativity and bolster our confidence and resilience. If you want to serve the living Earth but don’t know how, if you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task ahead, if you want to find the part that only you can play in the ‘great work,’ please read this book.”John Seed, founder of the Rainforest Information Centre

“We belong to the Earth, and our precious living world is in crisis. More than any book I’ve read, Active Hope shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the Great Turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others — for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future.”Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“This is a juicy, creative, and powerful book.”Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture magazine

Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism and lifelong eco-activist. Among her works are Coming Back to Life and World as Lover, World as Self. Chris Johnstone is a doctor and specialist in the psychology of addiction and resilience.

For more in-depth: ActiveHope.info.

 

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