Category Archives: Spirituality

‘Hope for Humanity: how understanding and healing trauma could solve the planetary crisis’ by Malcolm Hollick and Christine Connelly

As can be verified from Google, it has often been said that “what we do to the planet we do to ourselves.” An even more chilling thought, however, is that what we humans do to ourselves we may also do to the planet. A significant proportion of us have, today and throughout our history, routinely inflicted the most horrifying suffering on each other, on scales from the individual to genocide, despite widely spread contrary teachings from the major religions and despite – or maybe because of – the power and sophistication of our mind. So what is it about Homo sapiens that makes us the scourge both of other species and of our own? Continue reading

Posted in Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Hope for Humanity: how understanding and healing trauma could solve the planetary crisis’ by Malcolm Hollick and Christine Connelly

‘From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness’ by Peter Russell

The book is written as a journey of discovery and Russell writes in the context of his own search to find a theory of consciousness. Apparently this is one of the major unsolved conundrums of psychology and even of quantum physics. It is possible to explain most human activities in terms of conventional science but how and why we should be conscious has still no satisfactory explanation. Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness’ by Peter Russell

‘Healing this Wounded Earth: with Compassion, Spirit and the Power of Hope’ by Eleanor Stoneham

The book is a call to action – to heal our wounds and our fractured society, and most importantly halt the violence we are inflicting on this planet before it’s too late. The author points out that, through increasing urbanisation, most of us have lost contact with the land and the soil and as a result part of our soul has died. She writes from a Christian perspective but draws on the wisdom of other religious traditions as well. She assures readers that her message is for those of all faiths or none: what matters is that they possess ‘the honesty of intention’ She tackles big questions such as how we move into a new era of social responsibility, lay the foundations of a just society and reform our economic system so that we value people and not money.
Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, History, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Healing this Wounded Earth: with Compassion, Spirit and the Power of Hope’ by Eleanor Stoneham

‘Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth’ Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Our present ecological crisis—accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution and acidification of the oceans — is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance and in this book, under the editorship of Sufi teacher and author Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, twenty powerful voices take it in turns to do that, each in his or her own way. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Philosophy, Politics, Practical, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth’ Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

‘Sacred Earth Celebrations’ by Glennie Kindred

With her whole-hearted commitment to celebrating the Earth and its cycles, Glennie Kindred delves into the living tradition of our Celtic ancestors and arrives at a magnificent collection of sacred ceremonies based on the eight Celtic festivals: the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, the four cross-quarter points of Imbolc, Beltain, Lammas and Samhain. However, the celebrations in the collection are not in any way fixed or immutable; for her …they help us to discover more about ourselves and our intrinsic connection to Earth. Glennie believes we are free to celebrate the festivals in whatever way we choose, and her book is packed with suggested ways to do just this.
Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, History, Life Cycles, Practical, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Sacred Earth Celebrations’ by Glennie Kindred

‘The human in the Universe’ (Kindle edition) by Niamh Brennan

This ebook is about the Universe Story (the story as revealed by science from the Big Bang to the present day) and how it can inspire us in our lives and help to create a better world. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Creation Spirituality, Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The human in the Universe’ (Kindle edition) by Niamh Brennan

‘Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change ‘ by Chris Johnstone

“Ever felt stuck?” asks the publisher of this highly accessible book. “Here is an approach”, they claim, “..that helps us overcome obstacles, improve our relationships, supports our values, and moves us towards our goals.” For once, I’m pleased to say, the publisher’s blurb has not overstated its case. Continue reading

Posted in Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change ‘ by Chris Johnstone

‘Living in Connection: Theory and Practice of the New World-View’ by Chris Clarke

In this book, Chris links his extensive, first-hand knowledge of modern physics with a deeply-felt creation spirituality, aided by a powerful grasp of the history of science and philosophy. He wants to tell us what it means to really live in moment-by-moment connection with all-that-is, or, to use a favourite term of his, with the Other. To do this, he sets out the new world-view that makes living in connection possible.
Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Creation Spirituality, Gaia, Philosophy, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Living in Connection: Theory and Practice of the New World-View’ by Chris Clarke

‘Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea,’ by Carter Phipps

We have, as a human race, to combat climate change, over population, the destruction of species and more. These have to be addressed collectively by humans, no one country or group can go it alone. How can we do this? This book provides sign-posts, sometimes answers, sometimes questions, but at least broad pointers to the ways in which we can integrate an overarching story to help us to address the pressing issues of today.
Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Philosophy, Science, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea,’ by Carter Phipps

‘Wild Mind: A Field guide to the human psyche’ by Bill Plotkin

Plotkin, an eco-psychologist and wilderness guide well known for his earlier books Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul, turns his attention now to a complete and holistic re-visioning of psychology. Rather than focusing on pathology and dysfunction as most psychologists—except perhaps the Jungian ones—have done, his focus is on wellness. Not just wellness in the sense of being ‘normal’ and well-functioning but in the much wider and deeper context of our existence as just one species among many and just one aspect of ‘all-that-is.’ Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Wild Mind: A Field guide to the human psyche’ by Bill Plotkin

‘Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for our Times’ by Matthew Fox

This is a book about Meister Eckhart, the 13th/14th century mystic who was born near Gotha in what was the Holy Roman Empire and is now in Germany. But the book is about much more than Meister Eckhart himself. Matthew Fox picks out key thinkers, philosophers, social and eco activists from modern times and shows how they have been influenced by, or resonate with, Meister Eckhart. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Creation Spirituality, History, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for our Times’ by Matthew Fox

‘Pathways of Green Wisdom: Discovering Earth Centred Teachings in Spiritual and Religious Traditions’ by Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston) (Ed)

A panoramic view of Earth-centred teachings in different spiritual and religious traditions. 10 authors cover 10 different traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Paganism, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous traditions, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Creation Spirituality (Creation Spirituality as articulated by Matthew Fox, which helped to lay the foundations for GreenSpirit). The territory covered is so vast that each chapter is often more of a personal reflection from someone either directly involved with the tradition or who is very knowledgeable about it. Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, Gaia, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Pathways of Green Wisdom: Discovering Earth Centred Teachings in Spiritual and Religious Traditions’ by Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston) (Ed)

‘Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul’ by Robert Forman

At the beginning of his book, Forman points out that: “the thought that you can be utterly ego-less , that you can remember to attend to your thought processes often enough to change them, that your guru is utterly egoless, that your everyday life is or will be complete and entirely easy and that these are or should be our goals, has been a damaging fantasy, at best, and counter-productive at worst…it is high time that we turned around and looked squarely in the maw of our own daydreams.” Continue reading

Posted in Practical, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul’ by Robert Forman

‘Gaia Eros:Reconnecting to the Magic and Spirit of Nature’ by Jesse Wolf Hardin

Jesse Wolf Hardin’s book bears an accurately descriptive title. Gaia, the living, conscious, inspirited Earth, and eros, the love of the Earth. Gaia Eros – Earth love. Its thirty-eight small chapters felt to me more like a collection of love poems than a series of essays. Unconnected by a logical, progressive unfolding of ideas, each is complete in itself like musical variations on a theme – the theme of Earthly love. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Gaia Eros:Reconnecting to the Magic and Spirit of Nature’ by Jesse Wolf Hardin

‘Thames: Sacred River’ by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd has provided a very readable, comprehensive, thematic biography of the river Thames. The feature that makes it relevant to GreenSpirit is that throughout, the river comes first. People and places are considered in the context of their relationships with the river. Continue reading

Posted in History, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Thames: Sacred River’ by Peter Ackroyd

‘Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future’ by Bron Taylor

The overall aim of this book is to define and describe dark green religion which, reduced to one simplistic sentence, means a belief in the intrinsic value and sacredness of Nature, and to examine the influence of this strand of belief upon our contemporary culture, particularly in the West. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, History, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future’ by Bron Taylor

‘Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for our Times’ by Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox’s third book on the remarkable mediaeval Rhineland mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, coincided with her canonisation and being officially recognized as a Doctor of the Catholic Church. It covers a lot of ground – some familiar as well as new – and supplies revealing snapshots about her life and teachings. Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, History, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for our Times’ by Matthew Fox

‘Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation’ by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox

‘Occupy Spirituality’ is a superb dialogue between two important contemporary progressive Christian thinkers and activists. Though the subtitle partly suggests the book is focussed on the younger generation, there is nothing within the pages that is not relevant to us all, to the times in which we live and to the materialistic greed, bigotry and complacency that is bringing about the greatest spiritual crisis human and more-than-human life have ever faced. If this gives the impression this might a negative read, then it would be a wrong one. The book is truly inspirational. This is a spirituality that is prepared to get its hands dirty, to do something and work towards positive changes. Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, History, Politics, Practical, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation’ by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox

‘Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service’ by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael

Spiritual activism is about being both ‘spiritually active,’ i.e. inspiring others, as well as being ‘spiritually grounded,’ i.e. being a compassionate activist with protests and practical action. It has ten chapters covering a wide range of territory, each ending with a case study featuring a well-known person who has been involved in spiritual activism such as Julia Butterfly Hill, Gandhi, Muhammad (pbuh) and Desmond Tutu. Continue reading

Posted in History, Philosophy, Politics, Practical, Religion, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service’ by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael

‘The Path of the Blue Raven:From Religion to Re-Enchantment’ by Mark Townsend

BBC presenter Peter Owen-Jones puts his finger right on the spot when he describes Mark Townsend as “a priest on the edge.” As he reminds us, edges are always the places in the biosphere where we find the most diversity and the greatest creativity. In the noösphere, the same applies. The edge is where one finds people bold enough to move out of comfort and familiarity, to seek, to question and to birth new ideas. Continue reading

Posted in Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Path of the Blue Raven:From Religion to Re-Enchantment’ by Mark Townsend

‘The Kids’ Book of Awesome Stuff’ by Charlene Brotman

The Kids’ Book of Awesome Stuff is filled with information, ideas, and activities to develop awareness in children that they are “…part of a wonderful web of life.” Grounded in scientific facts – including explanations of the Big Bang, nuclear fusion, evolution, photosynthesis – the book is engaging and inspiring and should leave any receptive young reader enthralled and sparkling with enthusiasm. Charlene Brotman’s accessible style and creative use of activity-based, interactive learning techniques combine with Jelia Gueramian’s friendly illustrations to make this book a treasure for children and adults alike. Continue reading

Posted in Education, Practical, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Kids’ Book of Awesome Stuff’ by Charlene Brotman

‘The Acentric Labyrinth: Giordano Bruno’s Prelude to Contemporary Cosmology’ by Ramon Mendoza

Ramon maintains that Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in 1600, is the true founder of modern cosmology, and that he goes far beyond modern physics in linking cosmology and spirituality. Bruno put forward a view of the Universe which is close to that – indeed goes further than that – which is held by early twenty-first century physics. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, History, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Acentric Labyrinth: Giordano Bruno’s Prelude to Contemporary Cosmology’ by Ramon Mendoza

‘Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World’ by Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber’s Integral approach, which is intrinsically value-free, is a unique method for understanding pretty much anything in a fully comprehensive, multidimensional and holistic way. It has the capacity to break up socio-cultural and ideological logjams and may well be the best tool available, right now, for achieving religious tolerance, peace and (when applied to ecological issues) sustainability. Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Practical, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World’ by Ken Wilber

‘The Living Mountain’ by Nan Shephard

The Guardian critic described this as ‘The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain. It is a tiny volume, hardly more than 100 pages of A5 and it describes one person’s experience of the Cairngorm mountains. Nan Shepherd, a lecturer in English at Aberdeen University, fell in love with the mountain which she could see from her childhood home. As an adult she walked the mountains many times until she learnt to understand them with all her being. Continue reading

Posted in Nature Study, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Living Mountain’ by Nan Shephard

‘Revolution’ by Russell Brand

I have not always been a fan of Russell Brand’s comedy; the little I heard did not strike a chord with me. And so I was surprised to read his book Revolution which is both refreshing and insightful. Rather like the Court Jester of the Middle Ages who had the King’s ear – Russell Brand is the modern day Jester – telling us how things really are and prodding us to change. Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Practical, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Revolution’ by Russell Brand

‘Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness’ by Mary Reynolds Thompson

The thoughts and emotions that are stirred awake in us when we walk in a desert landscape have a different quality from those engendered by a walk in the depths of a forest. Different again are the ideas and images that come to mind when we marvel at a mountain peak or stand in a high place and look across a valley. And when we gaze out at the ocean or sit on the bank of a fast-flowing river or find ourselves in the middle of a grassy field, the inner scene changes again. In this unusual book, Mary Reynolds Thompson studies these deep connections between the Earth’s primary landscapes and what she calls the ‘soulscapes’ of our inner lives and how this connection can be used for emotional healing and spiritual transformation. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness’ by Mary Reynolds Thompson

‘The Way Beyond the Shaman: Birthing a New earth Consciousness’ by Barry Cottrell

A main thrust of GreenSpirit is the ‘re-membering’ of ourselves in Nature, the awakening of our sense of belonging to Earth and the deep connection with the more-than-human world that our ancestors probably had and which we, in our fool’s paradise of modern, consumer society, have largely lost. Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Way Beyond the Shaman: Birthing a New earth Consciousness’ by Barry Cottrell

‘Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics’ by Emma Restall Orr

Emma is head of the international Druid Network and the author of ten books. She teaches courses worldwide, and lectures at universities and conferences on Druidry, environmentalism, healing, and women’s spirituality. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Philosophy, Practical, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics’ by Emma Restall Orr

‘Sweat Your Prayers: Movement As Spiritual Practice’ by Gabrielle Roth

Gabrielle Roth’s dance system or ‘the five rhythms’ isn’t about definite steps, but about responding directly to music and moving however you feel. The five rhythms are supposed to be the five basic types of process which underlie all music, even though they are often found mixed together. Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, Health and wellbeing, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Sweat Your Prayers: Movement As Spiritual Practice’ by Gabrielle Roth

‘Eyes of the Wild:Journeys of Transformation with the Animal Powers’ by Eleanor O’Hanlon

An epic, personal journey to meet whales and wolves, bears and wild horses, guided by outstanding biologists and other observers who are renewing an ancient way of connection with the wild. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Nature Study, Spirituality | 1 Comment

‘Working with the Labyrinth: Paths for exploration’ by Ruth Sewell, Jan Sellers and Di Williams

Interest in working with labyrinths is on the increase and this book is written to give interested people ideas about how to develop them–in both portable and permanent forms. Examples in the book include labyrinths in hospitals, schools, universities, hospices, spiritual centres and public spaces. The book also covers personal development issues such as the use of labyrinths for stress management and self-care. Continue reading

Posted in Health and wellbeing, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Working with the Labyrinth: Paths for exploration’ by Ruth Sewell, Jan Sellers and Di Williams

‘The Wisdom of Birch, Oak and Yew’ by Penny Billington

This is not simply a book about trees. It is a book about you and me and all of us and how we can draw on a reservoir of help and energy that we might not even realize is available to us—i.e. the help and energy of those silent, deeply-rooted companions whose presence we all tend to overlook.

Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Nature Study, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Wisdom of Birch, Oak and Yew’ by Penny Billington

‘Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World’ by William Ayot

William defines ritual as activities that bring about a change: “symbolic actions through which we can give our soul or psyche an important message”. He says that from ritual we can receive clear and potent messages; have a sense of belonging, but most importantly receive the gift of connection with Nature, with the other-than-human. Ritual can put us in direct connection with the mysterious, the numinous, the Other. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World’ by William Ayot

‘Holy Night’ by Vincent Tilsley

Is it a novel? Is it a screenplay? What on earth (or in heaven) is it? Vincent Tilsley’s Holy Night is unlike anything else I have ever read. It also stirred up more excitement in me than any book I have read in a long time and stretched my mind to its furthest limits. Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Holy Night’ by Vincent Tilsley

‘Green Spirituality: One answer to global environmental problems and world poverty’ by Chris Philpott

From GreenSpirit member Chris Philpott comes a book, many years in the making, that is a compendium of attitudes and sources of wisdom about the spiritual basis of what it is to be green. In an inspiring Foreword, the author, scientist and activist Vandana Shiva suggests that this book could help us to rediscover what she calls a ‘spiritual sheet anchor.’ Continue reading

Posted in Creation Spirituality, Gaia, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Green Spirituality: One answer to global environmental problems and world poverty’ by Chris Philpott

‘The Living Goddesses’ by Marija Gimbutas (Edited and supplemented by Miriam Robbins Dexter)

In this book Marija Gimbutas provides us with a scholarly but also readable account of the Goddess tradition of Europe from the late Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras, through the megalithic and henge building periods and into recorded history. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, History, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘The Living Goddesses’ by Marija Gimbutas (Edited and supplemented by Miriam Robbins Dexter)

What is Green Spirituality? Edited by Marian Van Eyk McCain

“Green spirituality,” writes editor Marian Van Eyk McCain, is “a spirituality centred on this planet Earth, the only home we humans and our ancestors have ever known.” Rooted in the Earth and in all creation, greens’ spirituality focuses in a deeply connected way with living in and caring about and for the Earth and every living entity in and on it. Continue reading

Posted in Important Titles, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on What is Green Spirituality? Edited by Marian Van Eyk McCain

‘Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for our Time’ by Satish Kumar

Drawing on the teachings of Buddha, Ghandi, Rabindranath Tagore and E.F. Schumacher, Satish Kumar outlines a spiritual vision of sustainability in which we can learn from Nature as well as about Nature. Offering practical guidance for how we can achieve this vision, Satish teaches that only love and reverence and not fear will lead to long term sustainability. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Education, Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Philosophy, Politics, Practical, Psychology, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for our Time’ by Satish Kumar

‘Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World ‘ by Eric Dietrich

Have we not always been led to believe that religion is the purveyor of mysteries and all that is supernatural rather than natural? And have we not learned that science destroys mystery by discovering truth? In fact, as Dietrich—professor of philosophy at Binghamton University—so thoroughly and competently explains, religion is actually a biological phenomenon, a property emerging from the process of human evolution. Meanwhile science, we have all discovered, is what destroys our mysteries and reveals to us all that is real about the world. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World ‘ by Eric Dietrich

‘Other Than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind’ by Kamalamani

The decision to have – or not to have—children, says this author, is “a private decision with global consequences.” Her book is intended to help those who are involved in making the decision whether or not to remain childless and includes all genders, creeds, cultures and the different reasons for considering this. Her greatest inspiration came from Stephanie Mills’ graduation speech, during the time when the population explosion began to cause concern. Stephanie said, “I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is have no children at all.” Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, Philosophy, Politics, Practical, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Other Than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind’ by Kamalamani

‘The Psychology of Spirituality: An Introduction’ by Larry Culliford

From my experience of a career in the so-called ‘helping professions,’ I think I can safely claim that in these industries geared to health, healing and helping, scant attention is ever paid to people’s spirituality. We train our medical, paramedical and mental health workers in the mechanical workings of the body and the mind, but speak rarely of the heart and never of the soul. Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Psychology of Spirituality: An Introduction’ by Larry Culliford

‘The Science of Oneness: A worldview for the twenty-first century’ by Malcolm Hollick

Readers of GreenSpirit will be profoundly aware of the ecological stress now facing our planet as a result of human action, and of the call which many of us feel, to respond by embracing the earth more closely, connecting with it more intimately, so that we can know in our bones what is happening and respond more with our whole being. Many of us also feel that the underlying cause of what is happening is the progressive loss of any meaningful worldview within our society. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Creation Spirituality, Gaia, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Science of Oneness: A worldview for the twenty-first century’ by Malcolm Hollick

‘Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are’ by Dennis Lewis

This book is a good introduction to that most fundamental constituent of our life, breathing. It is short, with 75 brief chapters, most of which contain practical advice and a breathing exercise, plus many wise words on embodied spirituality.
Continue reading

Posted in Health and wellbeing, Practical, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are’ by Dennis Lewis

‘Destination of the Species: The riddle of human existence’ by Michael Meacher

An exploration of often mutually exclusive and even contradictory opinions as to the purpose of human existence – explanations offered by religion and humanism, and by scientific rationalism or ideological belief; that we exist to fulfil a divine purpose versus humankind as the result of meaningless random mutation, and so on. The author will already be known to most readers in Britain as someone who served as a junior minister in a former UK Government. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Gaia, History, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Destination of the Species: The riddle of human existence’ by Michael Meacher

‘Rivers of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality’ by Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston)

Possibly the first book ever to take Yoga in one hand and Christianity on the other and examine them both through the lens of an Earth-centred Spirituality. Is there, in fact, ‘green wisdom’ to be found within these two great traditions? If there is, then surely these need to be emphasised in this era of climate change and ever-worsening ecological crisis. Continue reading

Posted in Cosmology, Creation Spirituality, Education, Gaia, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Rivers of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality’ by Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston)

SACRED SEED: A Collection of Essays. Compiled and edited by the Global Peace Initiative of Women with an introduction by Vandana Shiva

This is a collection of essays dedicated, as the front matter tells us, …to all those working to preserve and care for the Earth and Her life systems…the most dangerous war humankind is engaged in is the war against nature. Until we can learn to live peacefully with Nature we will not live peacefully with one another. The seed is frequently referred to in belief systems because it provides such a powerful metaphor for the hidden depths within natural systems that are essential to our existence on this planet, both physically and spiritually; the spiritual and the practical are brought together seamlessly in the essays in this book. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Health and wellbeing, History, Life Cycles, Nature Study, Philosophy, Practical, Religion, Science, Spirituality | Comments Off on SACRED SEED: A Collection of Essays. Compiled and edited by the Global Peace Initiative of Women with an introduction by Vandana Shiva

‘Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man’ by Nina Lyon

This book on the Green Man—that ubiquitous but endlessly varied symbol that takes the form of a human face sprouting greenery—is impossible to pigeonhole and its message is hard to pin down in a few sentences. But the Green Man is unpindownable. Not just because his origins are so ancient and so complex but because he represents something that is still alive and real and omnipresent. Despite humankind’s efforts to ‘conquer’, ‘tame’ and ‘manage’ Nature, Nature resigns supreme—because of course we are Nature, subsumed within it, just like everything else in the living world. So what this author has produced, as a result of her journeying around the UK and other parts of Europe in search of the Green Man – and her amusing but often rambly and confusing meanderings through history, literature, folklore, religion, sex, magick, shamanism, metaphysics and endless speculative cogitation – is a book in which the Green Man is never pinned down, yet ever present. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, History, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man’ by Nina Lyon

‘The Art Of Conversation With The Genius Loci’ by Barry Patterson

…Nevertheless, I liked his book for three reasons. Firstly, it teaches a slow, careful and highly conscious way of interacting with – and appreciating – place. Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Practical, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘The Art Of Conversation With The Genius Loci’ by Barry Patterson

‘Acorns Among the Grass: Adventures in Eco-Therapy’ by Caroline Brazier

In the summer of 2010, Caroline Brazier co-led a week-long eco-therapy group in her Buddhist community’s retreat centre in the French countryside. At the conclusion of the week, she began to write down her thoughts and reflections. In her words, “This book is the result. An account of a group and of a summer, interwoven with the ideas and therapeutic theory which framed our work, it is an invitation to share, to join the exploration and to experience the process of engagement in a healing relationship with nature.” Continue reading

Posted in Education, Gaia, Practical, Religion, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Acorns Among the Grass: Adventures in Eco-Therapy’ by Caroline Brazier

‘Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World’ by Bill Plotkin

Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin, well known for his earlier book, Soulcraft, begins this one with a quote from Thomas Berry, a poignant poem from Drew Dellinger, five succinct sentences outlining the mess our species has made of the planet in the last two hundred years and the following statement: “True adulthood, or psychological maturity, has become an uncommon achievement in Western and Westernized societies and genuine elderhood nearly nonexistent.” Continue reading

Posted in Gaia, Psychology, Spirituality | Comments Off on ‘Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World’ by Bill Plotkin