Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life offers inspiring and practical guidance for reconnecting to the sacred in every day life and transforming our relationship with the Earth. Describing the power of simple, daily practices such as Walking, Gardening, Cooking with Love, and Prayer, this small book supports profound changes in how we think about and respond to the ecological crisis of our times.
Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life follows our groundbreaking Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, now in its second edition, which included spiritual perspectives on climate change, species loss, deforestation, and other aspects of our present environmental crises from renowned spiritual teachers, scientists, and indigenous leaders. That book drew an overwhelmingly positive reaction from readers, many of whom are asking: “What can I do?”
Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life answers that question with inspiring, personal anecdotes from the author – Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – and simple practices we all can do. Rooted in the mystical foundation of the world’s great spiritual traditions, with a particular connection to Sufism, these timeless practices remind readers of our deep connections to life, each other, and the Earth, and invite a return of meaning to our desecrated world.
As Rumi says, “there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground,” and it is this sacred ground that is calling to us, that needs our living presence, our attentiveness. This small book offers simple ways to reconnect so that we can once again feel the music, the song of our living connection with the Earth.
About the Author
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher who has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the founder of the Golden Sufi Center and is the author of more than 20 books, including For Love of the Real, Return of the Feminineand the World Soul, and Prayer of the Heart. Hilary Hart is a writer and editor. She is the author of The Unknown She.
"This small book, exquisite in its luminous simplicity, brings me home to my life. Even in a dark time, its practices center me in a sense of the sacred, our birthright." —Joanna Macy, Teacher/Activist; author, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects
"A beautiful book. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart do a brilliant job sharing simple and powerful practices that help readers connect to the sacredness within nature, the earth, and our own daily lives." —Sandra Ingerman, author, Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life
"Truly wakes you up. Just perusing the practice list—among them, walking, breathing, gardening, planting seeds, cooking, cleaning, simplicity, prayer—you realize 'Hey, I could be doing all this, not just reading a book!' Leaning into what these practices might mean for me caused me to both Remember and Relax . . . . a great book, hand in hand with the authors’ perennial message of Spiritual Ecology." —Dr. Kurt Johnson, ecologist, co-author, The Coming Interspiritual Age
"Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's book on practices for Spiritual Ecology in everyday life awakens us to the potential to take small steps towards big transformation. It overcomes the artificial divide between nature and humans, and spirituality and action. No matter who we are, where we live, these are steps each of us can take." —Vandana Shiva, activist and author
"In their lovely book Spiritual Ecology: 10 Ways to Awaken the Sacred in Everyday Life, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart offer thoughtful contemplations to help bring our attention back to our mind's most basic capacities of seeing clearly and extending love and warmth to ourselves andothers. Taking time every day to connect with the goodness within ourselves – and the goodwill that wishes to share that with others – has always been the heart of spiritual life. Reminding ourselves to do this all the time is so important. I hope this book helps many people connect with well-being and positive intentions every day of their lives." —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, President, Nalandabodhi; founder, Nitartha Institute; author