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Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World Paperback – October 1, 1998


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Joanna Macy is a teacher and tireless workshop leader from Berkeley, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086571391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865713918
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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132 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Angela Sevin (markangela@value.net) on October 4, 1999
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Without having to consult a post-modern dictionary, Joanna Macy and co-author, Molly Young Brown give inspiring and heartfelt explanations and examples of their lifework: dealing with the roots of conscious and unconscious pain that we all feel with regards to ourselves, while bringing home the concept of our connectedness to this world. They point out the fallacy of basic assumptions that we can fix whatever problems we create (the fix-it mentality), as well as dealing with resulting issues of burn-out and stress by alternatively doing the "work that reconnects". The dynamic model set forth in this book recognizes the role of community and encourages us out of an antagonistic "us" versus "them" concept which tends to lead us towards short-term NIMBY (not in my backyard) solutions.
In the preface to the book, Joanna Macy writes, "THIS IS A GUIDEBOOK. It maps ways into the vitality and determination we each possess to take part in the healing of our world."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Francene Watson on October 1, 2009
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As a collective, we are finally ready to read Macy's work. In this state of Blessed Unrest we are getting more aware of our own grief around the world we have created around the global industrial complex, Macy and Brown remind us of our authentic selves, and provide a road map for creating relationship strong enough to undo and generate life. Through the piece we (re)member that we are what we've been waiting for.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amber Dahlin on October 30, 2011
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This dear book is rich with group minglings, guided meditations, other exercises, and all of the theory to go with them. It's a great resource for anyone interested in or involved with mediating workshops, anyone that knows a group that's interested in moving beyond pain and sorry and connecting deeply with the earth and with each other, or anyone that's just interested in being inspired. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robin Pryor on November 14, 2009
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A creative, imaginative and very practical book concerned to respond, individually and especially in group contexts, to the environmental perceptions that wilol give new life to Earth and we Earthlings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Newman on November 25, 2012
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Joanna Macy acts as a brave leader and acquaints us with the grief and fear we hold for the future of our world. And then she gives us some of the most amazingly simple exercises to accept responsibility for ourselves and creation and move into a positive space of active joy and comfort with the world. Inspiring. This book has helped me not only as an individual but it has motivated me to create similar exercises to aid others. This is a great book. Thank you Joanna Macy.
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