Best Spiritual Essays

Best Spiritual Essays-85
At this critical time in human history, seeds could not be more important and this beautiful and transformative book, is an exquisite poetic testimony that reconnects us to the very web of life. Now we can not only intuit, but also observe the sacred unity embedded in a seed.Each author offers elegant wisdom and heartfelt praise of life-giving seeds.” —Osprey Orielle Lake, founder, Women's Earth and Climate Caucus “Preserving seed diversity—our vast and beautiful heritage of seeds—is one of the most pressing crises facing the human community. May these essays by great spiritual voices from around the world awaken us to value, care for, and stand up for the seeds that nature has gifted to us.” —Frances Moore Lappé, author, “‘How many are your works, Lord! This observation is a different kind of contemplative gaze, the fruit of an unwavering and persistent search for truth by those questioning the cosmological, biological, historical, and geological assumptions held by earlier generations who, through no fault of their own, could not have made those observations.

The essays in present us with another possibility, an urgent awakening and honoring that reunites seeds with the sacred.” —Suzanne Marstrand, founder, Earth Origin Seeds “Generative inspiration and awakening thoughts pour out of these pages like seeds waiting to land in the rich soil of cultivated empathy.

Tend them with the light of thinking and the warmth of interest and invite the miraculous to emerge.” —Martin Ping, executive director, Hawthorne Valley Association “ is a not only an homage to the endangered nourishment of our planet but to the spiritual source of our lives.

Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge “Ever since I watched the women in Bangladeshi farm families carefully saving seed from one generation to the next, I’ve pondered on this greatest symbol of our connection through time to those who came before and those who will come after. Without governing ethics, science has continued in a direction of seed manipulation that can only be honestly described as sociopathic behaviour governed only by short-term greed.” —Geoff Lawton, permaculture design pioneer, Geoff “Through gorgeous photography and essays spanning many traditions, this book offers a diversity of lenses to view the sacredness of seed.” —Charles Eisenstein, author & speaker, Charles “ honors farmers and eaters around the world who recognize that seeds are not only the foundation of the food system, but that their preservation is intricately tied to the preservation of humanity.

This book is a rich storehouse of wisdom for all the springs to come.” —Bill Mc Kibben, founder, 350“This book is timely and timeless in its importance. Seeds provide both dietary and cultural diversity—reminding us of our past and providing us with future sustenance.

It’s hard to imagine a more timely moment than now—when the global biodiversity of seeds is so dangerously under threat, with the hopefulness and promise that seeds symbolize and embody—for this gathering of sacred voices to emerge. All thanks goes to those who have compiled this remarkable offering.” —John Reed, author, “This rich and much needed collection of essays inspired in me my own prayer. So I pray treasure me as precious—source of life for God's creatures.’” —Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, chair, Global Peace Initiative of Women; former general secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ “Almost 100 years ago, Liberty Hyde Baily admonished us to adopt a ‘new hold’ with respect to agriculture and our entire relationship with nature, a ‘hold’ that recognized the importance ‘for spiritual contact.’ Such a new hold constitutes a cultural transformation that is essential to the survival of the human species.

Gift yourself with the vitality of this collection, and share it, to revitalize your community and encourage restoring a sense of sacredness to our foods, and health and security.” —Nina Simons, president and co-founder, Bioneers; past president, Seeds of Change “Caring for seeds is caring for one of the the most evolutionarily profound and numinous expressions of life. “The journey of a seed, so intuitively reverenced in the Earth’s spiritual traditions, continues to be illumined today by the discoveries of modern science.

ESSENTIAL TO SURVIVAL, seeds have profound spiritual implications.

For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.

In our current supermarket lifestyle of pre-packaged products, far removed from the cycles of planting, we have nearly forgotten this mystery.

Now as the integrity of the seed is threatened, so is its primal meaning. Vandana Shiva, each essay draws on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions.

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