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Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse

Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
March, 2015
ISBN:
9781583948996
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Given the daunting, dire predicament in which we find ourselves on this planet, what is described by social critic James Howard Kunstler as a “Long Emergency” may in fact become a “Last Emergency” for humanity. Whether we encounter a “long” or a “last” emergency, Carolyn Baker seeks to offer inspiration and guidance for inhabiting our remaining days with passion, vitality, empathy, intimate contact with our emotions, kindness in our relationships with all species, gratitude, open-hearted receptivity, exquisite creations of beauty, and utilizing every occasion, even our demise, as an opportunity to invoke and “inflict” joy in our world. Love in the Age of Ecological Apolcalypse addresses an array of relationships in the Last Emergency and how one's relationship with oneself may enrich or impede interactions with all other beings.

Drawing upon her deep experience as a life coach, Baker writes of the specific need to understand our key relationships in a society in collapse, and how to navigate through differing levels of acceptance of collapse, trauma, and grief. Key relationships include those with our partners, children, friends, neighbors, as well as relationships with our work, our bodies, our natural resources, food and eating, animals, future generations, Eros, and indeed, the powers of the universe.

Baker's writing is engaging, inspiring, and often beautiful in its depth and candor. She introduces a variety of spiritual practices that facilitate our developing a relationship with the deeper Self. With these practices and giving and receiving support from others who are walking a similar path, we begin to live more frequently from the deeper Self, or at least are able to access it more quickly when we find ourselves becoming embroiled in the ego.

Among the themes in this book:

  • Living, Loving, and Preparing With A Reluctant Partner
  • Children And Collapse
  • Friends, Neighbors, and The Community
  • Work and The Creative Soul
  • Our Relationship With Resources
  • Loving The Body As The World Falls Apart
  • Our Relationship With Food: Mindful Eating As A Spiritual Practice
  • What An Animal You Are!
  • Darkness Matters
  • Ensconsed In Eros, Bathed In Beauty
  • Near-Term Extinction And Waking Up To Death
  • Grief And Love In A Culture Of Congestive Heart Failure
  • Our Relationship With Future Generations.

I do not wish to imply that one can prepare oneself 100 percent emotionally and spiritually for the Last Emergency. Unanticipated conflict, loss, grief, and heartbreak will happen. However, emotional and spiritual preparation can temper the blows of the end of life as we have known it and redefine them with meaning and purpose. The suffering the Last Emergency will entail may indeed catapult us into spiritual awakening even as it drags us kicking and screaming into serial dark nights of the soul.

Also by Carolyn Baker is Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times.

Publisher’s Description: 

Given the daunting, dire predicament in which we find ourselves on this planet, what is described by social critic James Howard Kunstler as a "Long Emergency" may in fact become a "Last Emergency" for humanity. Whether we encounter a "long" or a "last" emergency, Carolyn Baker seeks to offer inspiration and guidance for inhabiting our remaining days with passion, vitality, empathy, intimate contact with our emotions, kindness in our relationships with all species, gratitude, open-hearted receptivity, exquisite creations of beauty, and utilizing every occasion, even our demise, as an opportunity to invoke and "inflict" joy in our world. Love in the Age of Ecological Apolcalypse addresses an array of relationships in the Last Emergency and how one's relationship with oneself may enrich or impede interactions with all other beings.

Drawing upon her deep experience as a life coach, Baker writes of the specific need to understand our key relationships in a society in collapse, and how to navigate through differing levels of acceptance of collapse, trauma, and grief. Key relationships include those with our partners, children, friends, neighbors, as well as relationships with our work, our bodies, our natural resources, food and eating, animals, future generations, Eros, and indeed, the powers of the universe.

Baker's writing is engaging, inspiring, and often beautiful in its depth and candor. She introduces a variety of spiritual practices facilitate our developing a relationship with the deeper Self. With these practices and giving and receiving support from others who are walking a similar path, we begin to live more frequently from the deeper Self, or at least are able to access it more quickly when we find ourselves becoming embroiled in the ego.


Table Of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: Living, Loving, and Preparing With A Reluctant Partner
Chapter 2: Children And Collapse
Chapter 3: Friends, Neighbors, and The Community
Chapter 4: Work and The Creative Soul
Chapter 5: Our Relationship With Resources
Chapter 6: Loving The Body As The World Falls Apart
Chapter 7: Our Relationship With Food: Mindful Eating As A Spiritual Practice
Chapter 8: Loving The Time Of Your Life
Chapter 9: What An Animal You Are!
Chapter 10: Darkness Matters
Chapter 11: Ensconsed In Eros, Bathed In Beauty
Chapter 12: Our Relationship With The Powers of The Universe
Chapter 13: Near-Term Extinction And Waking Up To Death
Chapter 14: Empire, I Wish I Knew How To Quit You
Chapter 15: Grief And Love In A Culture Of Congestive Heart Failure
Chapter 16: Our Relationship With Future Generations

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