The Greening of the Self

I came across this article on Facebook, shared by Linne 🙂 Thanks Linne, I really enjoyed it and felt it might be of interest to some readers here who I know struggle with feelings of frustration and anger at issues that affect our times and our environment.

An excerpt from World as Lover, World as Self, Joanna Macy, 1991.

“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”

For the full article, which is only one page, read here. This is also a link for Films For Change which has some really interesting stuff on it.