Last month, four of NELA Transition’s members participated in a Joanna Macy workshop entitled “The Work that Reconnects”. Joanna Macy (center in the photo above) is a renowned eco-philosopher and Buddhist, who for the last thirty years has been giving experiential “deep ecology” workshops. Her words are rich with wisdom, vision, connection, and a powerful positive intention. The workshop is honed to transform the consciousness of participants. Joanna weaves talks about her own experiences with exercises, meditations, processes, poetry, and music. She synthesizes ideas about the depths of time, indigenous cultures and spirituality in ways that are stunning. All with a depth of knowledge and feeling; yet she is very humble.
The journey toward finding a personal way to contribute to the healing of the planet follows what she describes as “The Spiral”; starting from gratitude for all lifeforms on earth, moving to feeling pain for the world, for the devastation we have caused, then on to seeing with new eyes, visioning a possible world, and finally going forth with a personal commitment for specific action that contributes to planetary healing. The work contributes to the inner shift in consciousness that is “The Great Turning”.