The great conversation : nature and the care of the soul / Belden C. Lane.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, Copyright date: ©2019Description: xii, 329 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0190842679; 9780190842673.Other title: Nature and the care of the soul.Subject(s): Lane, Belden C., 1943- | Environmentalism -- Religious aspects | Spirituality | Nature -- Religious aspects | Well-being -- Religious aspectsAdditional physical formats: ebook version :: No titleDDC classification: 201.77 LOC classification: BL65.N35 | L36 2019
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-317) and index.
Introduction: Wilderness and soul work -- Part I, Beginning to listen: Restoring the great conversation ; Falling in love with a tree -- Part II, Nature teachers and the spiritual life: Air, the child: Birds: sandhill cranes, the Platte River, and Farid ud-Din Attar -- Wind: Buford Mountain and the way of a pilgrim -- Trees: a cottonwood tree in a city park and Hildegard of Bingen - Fire, the adolescent: Wildfire: North Laramie River trail and Catherine of Siena -- Stars: Cahokia Mounds and Origen of Alexandria -- Deserts: the Western Australian bush and Gregory of Nyssa -- Water, the adult: Rivers: Colorado's Lost Creek wilderness and Teresa of Avila -- Canyons: Grand Staircase-Escalante Wilderness and Laozi -- Islands: Monhegan Island and Nikos Kazantzakis -- Earth, the elder: Mountains: Hemmed-In-Hollow and the Baal Shem Tov -- Caves: Lewis Cave and Ignatius of Loyola -- Wolves: Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and Francis of Assisi -- Conclusion: Taking the great conversation seriously.
"The Great Conversation is Lane's multi-faceted treatise on a spiritually centered environmentalism. At the core is a belief in the power of the natural world to act as teacher. In a series of personal anecdotes, Lane pairs his own experiences in the wild with the writings of saints and sages from a wide range of religious traditions. A night in a Missourian cave brings to mind the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola; the canyons of southern Utah elicit a response from the Chinese philosopher Laozi; 500,000 migrating sandhill cranes rest in Nebraska and evoke the Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. With each chapter, the humility of spiritual masters through the ages melds with the author's encounters with natural teachers to offer guidance for entering once more into a conversation with the world."--