PT. REYES STATION, Calif., Aug. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, editor of Spiritual Ecology: Cry of the Earth, offers a second edition including essays from a new generation of environmental stewards. First published in 2013 and having sold over 16,000 copies, the groundbreaking Spiritual Ecology calls for—and offers—a spiritual response to our current ecological crisis.
"This book is a collection of responses to the call of the earth. It is not offered as a solution to a problem because the world is not a problem; it is a living being in distress. The signs of global imbalance, the tsunamis, the destruction of the coral reefs, are not just physical symptoms. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes, these are 'bells of mindfulness,' calling us to be attentive, to wake up and listen." —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, from the Introduction
In added chapters, Lyla June Johnston, a Diné student from Albuquerque, offers a poem recalling the Navajo worldview of sacred inter-connectedness; Shephali Patel, a farmer and educator based in New York, describes the spiritual foundation at the root of her agricultural and teaching work; and conservationist Eleanor O'Hanlon writes about the intelligence of what is wild. A new preface by Vaughan-Lee examines the relevance of Pope Francis's 2015 Encyclical to the Spiritual Ecology movement, which brought into the mainstream the idea that "the ecological crisis is essentially a spiritual problem."
"I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change…I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation." —U.S. Advisor on climate change, James Gustave Speth
New voices join respected leaders from both the conservation field and various faiths including Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American traditions, calling on readers to wake up to our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. Contributors include: Thich Nhat Hanh, Vandana Shiva, Richard Rohr, Winona LaDuke, Bill Plotkin, Brianne Swimm, Sandra Ingerman, Chief Oren Lyons, Joanna Macy, and others.
An epic collection!" —Bill McKibben, founder 350.org
"Provides fresh thinking…I hope this book inspires and energizes many readers eager to rise to the greatest challenge ever to face humanity by realizing the transformative opportunities we have in front of us."—Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
"A tool to reconnect with ourselves and the earth. Read it and live it! The survival of mine and future generations depends on it!"—Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians
About the Book
TITLE: Spiritual Ecology: Cry of the Earth · EDITOR: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
PUBLISHER: The Golden Sufi Center
DISTRIBUTOR: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
PUB DATE: September 1, 2016
PAPERBACK: $15.95, ISBN 978-1-9413941-44
CATEGORY: Environmental Studies and Spirituality
PAGE COUNT: 336 pages · TRIM SIZE: 5.5" X 8.5
BOOK TRAILER: https://youtu.be/x1o2qzG2L60
About the Editor: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher and author of over twenty books on Sufism and Western Psychology. In recent years, the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility at this time of global ecological crisis (www.spiritualecology.org), and the emerging global consciousness of oneness (www.workingwithoneness.org). Founder of The Golden Sufi Center (www.goldensufi.org), he lives in California.
Contact: Seana Quinn, 415-663-0100, Email
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