To Read & Watch

Books and movies with the power to change our perception from within, inviting us to step into a new relationship with the living world. Please do send your own reviews!

Spiritual Ecology

Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The book that started the global movement of the same name, awakening us to the fact that our current ecological crisis is rooted in our forgetting that the Earth is sacred. Now in its second edition with new chapters and contributors.

Bringing together voices from Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American traditions, as well as from physics, deep psychology, and other environmental disciplines, this book calls on us to reassess our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the Earth and wake up to our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet.

Contributors: Chief Oren Lyons, Thomas Berry, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chief Tamale Bwoya, John Stanley, David R. Loy, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, Sister Miriam MacGillis, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi, Satish Kumar, Joanna Macy, Geneen Marie Haugen, Eleanor O’Hanlon, Jules Cashford, Bill Plotkin, Sandra Ingerman, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Fr. Richard Rohr, Shephali Patel, Lyla June Johnston, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.

More info here. See also spiritualecology.org for an abundance of articles, videos and other resources.

Butterfly Against the Wind

Words by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Images by Jadina Lilien

Visual artist Jadina Lilien collaborates with activist, musician, and lecturer Tiokasin Ghosthorse on their upcoming book, Butterfly Against the Wind. In this collaborative project, the reader is transported to the land of the Lakota, experiencing life on the plains today, while simultaneously remembering the history of the land and its people. The words and images go beyond the literal story of the Lakota, to the mystical reality where there is no beginning or end. (from an interview by Madeleine Cutrona for the New York Foundation for the Arts)

The Yoga of Eating

Transcending Diets & Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self

by Charles Eisenstein

A practical manual that offers insights on the physical and spiritual functions of sugar, fat, meat, and other foods; fasting, dieting, processing, willpower, and the deeper principles of self-nurture. It shows how to access and trust the wisdom your body has to offer.

This amazing little book seems to be about eating, but actually, the real topic is the body.
It describes very accurately how we’ve lost our sanity about food. How eating, which should be a natural act, has become source of anxiety and guilt for so many people. We see our bodies as enemies, stupid machines that we should control with pills and willpower.
This book is an invitation to make peace with food and your body—your body which is an intelligent being, alive, wise, connected to Life and to the Earth. Eisenstein even calls it, “your best friend.”And because Eisenstein is a brilliant intellectual, you’re not only going to be touched, you’re going to read solid, clear arguments about why we fell into that insanity and how to get out of it. And, really, the more connected we are to our bodies, the more we’re able to feel, in a deep experiential way, that we’re not separate from the Earth.
Reviewed by Caroline K.

Summer with the Leprechauns

by Tanis Halliwell

A Canadian-Irish woman travels to Ireland and rent a house for the summer to connect with her roots. There, she meets a Leprechaun, his family and many other Nature Spirits.
The Leprechaun teaches her how elemental beings or Nature Spirits works. He also explains to her that Humanity has caused a severe unbalance to Life itself and how we can partner with them to restore it. There is a wealth of metaphysical teachings in this charming little book and the nature spirits are, as you would expect, full of wit, humor, and of course, magic.
Reviewed by Caroline K.

Eyes of the Wild

by Eleanor O’Hanlon

[coming soon]

Landmarks

by Robert MacFarlane

[coming soon]

Elemental

[coming soon]


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