Pain for the World

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Pain for the World

Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age, New Society Publishers, USA, 1983
Coming Back To Life, New Society Publishers, USA, 1998
World as Lover, World as Friend, Parallax Publishers, USA, 1991
Joanna Rogers Macy

If Essential Selves could hand out an honorary lifetime award to someone who has had the most profound impact on its approach to psychotherapy, it would likely go to this peace activist and healer. She refreshingly challenges the notion that the only real problems are our daily personal ones, and teaches about Systems theory,which acknowledges the connections between everyone and our greater world. She, along with several others, have developed a repertoire of exercises and approaches to help people process their pain for the world and the ecological and political uncertainty that we all face.
To learn more about her and her work:

Ecopsychology, Theodore Roszak, Mary E.Gomes and allen D. Kanner, eds, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1995
Another book that brings together the great thinkers who attempt to explain the connections between personal well being and the world well-being.

Other books which look at the idea of sustainable work,what this means and how to get there:
In the Tiger’s Mouth, Katrina Shields< New Society Books, 1994
True Work, Michael Toms and Justine Willis Toms, Bell Towers, New York, 1998

And when bad news gets you down, don’t forget to look at the online magazine, Yes, a Journal for Positive Futures ,
They capture news stories about movements that are challenging dominant paradigms and making a positive difference.

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