Welcome to the Being Change Library.

Sit for a while, browse the books, watch a video, read an article. Things are being added to or “pulled off the shelf” occasionally so keep coming back. Let me know if there’s something you feel would be a good resource.

BOOKS

WAKING UP
Duane Elgin: Choosing Earth
Margaret Wheatley: So Far From Home
Vanessa Machado de Oliveira: Hospicing Modernity

FEELING THE PAIN

Joanna Macy: Coming Back To Life – Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
Kathleen Dean Moore – Earth’s Wild Music – Celebrating & Defending the Songs of the Natural World
Francis Weller: The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Rituals of Renewal & the Sacred Work of Grief
Martin Prechtel: The Smell of Rain on Dust – Grief & Praise
Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice – Bearing Witness & Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
Carolyn Baker: Sacred Demise, Navigating the Coming Chaos, Collapsing Consciously, and Love in the Age of Ecological Collapse
Stephen Harrod Buhner – Earth Grief: The Journey Into & Through Ecological Loss

OPENING THE MIND

Anne Baring: Dream of the Cosmos
Trebbe JohnsonRadical Joy For Hard Times
Bill Plotkin: Soulcraft
Deena Metzger – La Vieja (a Novel)

REWEAVING THE WEB

Dahr Jamail & Stan Rushworth: We Are in the Middle of Forever – Indigenous Voices From Turtle Island on the Changing Earth
Sherri Mitchell: Sacred Instructions – Indigenous Wisdom For Living Spirit-Based Change
Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding SweetgrassIndigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants
Arkan Lushwala: The Time of the Black Jaguar and Deer & Thunder – Indigenous Ways of Restoring the World

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, ed.: Spiritual Ecology – The Cry of the Earth
Mary Reynolds Thompson: Reclaiming the Wild Soul
Pam Montgomery: Partner Earth
Lyanda Haupt: Rooted – Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature & Spirit
Karen Armstrong: Sacred Nature – How We Can Recover Our Bond With the Natural World

Llewllyn Vaughan-Lee: The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

Paul Hawkin: Drawdown and Regeneration
Daniel Christian Wahl: Designing Regenerative Cultures
Joe Brewster – The Design Pathway For Regenerating the Earth
Andrew Harvey & Carolyn Baker: Radical Regeneration – Birthing the New Human in the Age of Extinction

BRINGING FORTH WORLDS

Sharon Blackie: If Women Rose Rooted
Gregg Levoy: Callings – Finding & Following an Authentic Life
Lynne Twist: Living a Committed Life
Bill Plotkin: The Journey of Soul Initiation

ON-LINE JOURNALS

Emergence Magazine  It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are a regenerative space of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality. Each issue features a theme explored through innovative digital media as well as the written word.

Dark Matter – Women Witnessing  Dark Matter publishes writing and visual art created in response to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. It’s a home for dreams, visions, and communications with the nonhuman world – especially those with messages for how we might begin to heal our broken relationship to the Earth. As most of the world goes on with business as usual, others are asking: “How shall we live in these times?” Dark Matter is a home for the voices of these others.

About Place Journal  A literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society.

Deep Times  A Journal of the Work That Reconnects

ARTICLES

Walking With the Earth – by Thich Nhat Hanh
As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: “How Then Shall We Live?” by Dahr Jamail & Barbara Cecil

MEDIA

Placing Climate and Other Catastrophic Events Within a Larger Story – An Evening with Carolyn Baker
A spot-on description of our present times as an initiation. How will we respond?

Becoming Midwives
Interview with Culture Designer Joe Brewer on understanding the context of the complex times we are living in. This articulates perfectly the essence of what Being Change means by “hospicing and midwife-ing” in the Great Turning.

Caretakers Of Life is a 5 part video series with messages from Peruvian ceremonial leader Arkan Lushwala. For a deeper exploration into these messages, you can read his book The Time Of The Black Jaguar.

Natural Heros – Joanna Macy & the Great Turning
Joanna shares her understanding of these times we live in, when everything we treasure seems to be at risk. But it is not a film about despair. Instead, it is about the opportunity we have to come alive to our truest power, to “look straight into the face of our time, which is the biggest gift we can give,” and to participate in the Great Turning.

Oil Sands Fly Over: My Memory Forever with Jennifer Berezan, Joanna Macy and Anne Symens-Bucher
Jennifer, Joanna and Anne bear witness to Alberta’s Oil Sands. In response to the experience, Jennifer, singer songwriter native to Alberta, wrote “My Memory Forever”, expressing her deep concern regarding oil sands expansion across Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Soul Initiation, Nature Mysticism, and the Unfolding Cosmos with Bill Plotkin & Geneen  Marie Haugen at Schumacher College, Totnes, UK.

Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan
Watch this if you ever forget how precious is our Earth. Profoundly moving.

A Call to Life – Variations on a Theme of Extinction
A powerful call to action on global warming and mass extinction, “A Call to Life” is a collaboration between concert pianist, Rachelle McCabe, and writer/philosopher, Kathleen Dean Moore. Harnessing a formidable piece of music to address formidable global issues, McCabe performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme from Corelli,” giving voice to humanity’s grief and ferocious hope. Moore weaves words between the variations, creating a work of art that opens people’s hearts without breaking them.
Click here for a discussion guide.