To commit myself daily to the healing of the world and the welfare of all beings.
To live in Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products and energy I consume.
To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, from our ancestors and the future generations, and from our brothers and sisters of all species.
To help others in their work for the world and to ask for help when I feel the need.
To pursue a daily spiritual practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart and supports me in observing these vows.
~ Five Vows by Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy is a scholar-practitioner, eco-philosopher, teacher, and spiritual activist. For fifty years, she has worked from the intersections of Buddhist thought, deep ecology, and general systems theory to advocate for approaches to healing and environmental justice.
Drawing on these influences, she created the Work that Reconnects, a framework for approaching change-making, both on the individual and collective levels. Macy asks us to come to full awareness of what it means to live in the context of an industrial growth society characterized by environmental devastation, systemic injustice, and racism, and return to a deeper relationship “with each other and with the self-healing powers in the web of life.”
She writes of The Great Turning, which marks a shift from the current mode of the industrial growth society towards a life-sustaining one. Her work offers the great challenge of not turning away from suffering, but of opening fully to it, and to the interconnectedness of all things, so that deep healing is possible.
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Sources: “About Joanna,” Work That Reconnects
World as Lover, World as Self, Joanna Macy
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