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Immersion in the Larger Whole: Toward a Contemplative Ecology

Douglas E. Christie

in The Blue Sapphire of the Mind

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812325
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812325.003.0001
Immersion in the Larger Whole: Toward a Contemplative Ecology

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This chapter discusses the notion of contemplative ecology. Contemplative ecology can best be understood as an expression of the diverse and wide-ranging desire emerging within contemporary culture to identify our deepest feeling for the natural world as part of a spiritual longing. One of the primary goals of this book is to argue for the significance of spirituality in helping us think about the meaning and significance of the natural world in our lives and formulate a meaningful response to the growing erosion of the natural world. In particular, it argues for the importance of contemplative spiritual traditions in reshaping our way of imagining and living in the natural world. “Contemplative ecology” is a way of describing the effort to integrate these contemplative traditions into the larger work of ecological thought and renewal.

Keywords: contemplative ecology; natural world; spirituality; ecological thought; ecological renewal

Chapter.  14033 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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