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The Greening of the Self: The Most Important Development of Modern Times

Green Woman | SpiritMAMA Blog

This article speaks for me. I have for a while now, thought that much of what we can do within this enormous ecological crisis we are in, within the powerlessness that we feel as individuals to stop it, is to hold space for Mama Earth and the animals. Not to shy away from our sorrow and our grief at the passing of species into oblivion or the melting icecaps or the war on eco-warriors who are trying to get us all to wake up – but to actually step towards it in our hearts and let it change us. Because baby, transformation is what we need.


The move to a wider ecological sense of self is in large part a function of the dangers that are threatening to overwhelm us. Given nuclear proliferation and the progressive destruction of our biosphere, polls show that people today are aware that the world, as they know it, may come to an end. I am convinced that this loss of certainty that there will be a future is the pivotal psychological reality of our time. The fact that it is not talked about very much makes it all the more pivotal, because nothing is more preoccupying or energy-draining than that which we repress.

Why do I claim that this erodes the old sense of self? Because once we stop denying the crises of our time and let ourselves experience the depth of our own responses to the pain of our world whether it is the burning of the Amazon rainforest, the famines of Africa, or the homeless in our own cities the grief or anger or fear we experience cannot be reduced to concerns for our own individual skin.

We are capable of suffering with our world, and that is the true meaning of compassion. It enables us to recognize our profound interconnectedness with all beings. Don’t ever apologize for crying for the trees burning in the Amazon or over the waters polluted from mines in the Rockies. Don’t apologize for the sorrow, grief, and rage you feel. It is a measure of your humanity and your maturity. It is a measure of your open heart, and as your heart breaks open there will be room for the world to heal. That is what is happening as we see people honestly confronting the sorrows of our time. And it is an adaptive response.

Read more of this fantastic article here

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