Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse
Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive
Given the daunting, dire predicament in which we find ourselves on this planet, what is described by social critic James Howard Kunstler as a “Long Emergency” may in fact become a “Last Emergency” for humanity. Whether we encounter a “long” or a “last” emergency, Carolyn Baker seeks to offer inspiration and guidance for inhabiting our remaining days with passion, vitality, empathy, intimate contact with our emotions, kindness in our relationships with all species, gratitude, open-hearted receptivity, exquisite creations of beauty, and utilizing every occasion, even our demise, as an opportunity to invoke and “inflict” joy in our world. Love in the Age of Ecological Apolcalypse addresses an array of relationships in the Last Emergency and how one’s relationship with oneself may enrich or impede interactions with all other beings.
Drawing upon her deep experience as a life coach, Baker writes of the specific need to understand our key relationships in a society in collapse, and how to navigate through differing levels of acceptance of collapse, trauma, and grief. Key relationships include those with our partners, children, friends, neighbors, as well as relationships with our work, our bodies, our natural resources, food and eating, animals, future generations, Eros, and indeed, the powers of the universe.
Baker’s writing is engaging, inspiring, and often beautiful in its depth and candor. She introduces a variety of spiritual practices facilitate our developing a relationship with the deeper Self. With these practices and giving and receiving support from others who are walking a similar path, we begin to live more frequently from the deeper Self, or at least are able to access it more quickly when we find ourselves becoming embroiled in the ego.
Table Of Contents
• Chapter 1: Living, Loving, and Preparing With A Reluctant Partner
• Chapter 2: Children And Collapse
• Chapter 3: Friends, Neighbors, and The Community
• Chapter 4: Work and The Creative Soul
• Chapter 5: Our Relationship With Resources
• Chapter 6: Loving The Body As The World Falls Apart
• Chapter 7: Our Relationship With Food: Mindful Eating As A Spiritual Practice
• Chapter 8: Loving The Time Of Your Life
• Chapter 9: What An Animal You Are!
• Chapter 10: Darkness Matters
• Chapter 11: Ensconsed In Eros, Bathed In Beauty
• Chapter 12: Our Relationship With The Powers of The Universe
• Chapter 13: Near-Term Extinction And Waking Up To Death
• Chapter 14: Empire, I Wish I Knew How To Quit You
• Chapter 15: Grief And Love In A Culture Of Congestive Heart Failure
• Chapter 16: Our Relationship With Future Generations
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
—Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
“Few writers today acknowledge the true extremity of the global crises upon us today, much less the fears and grief that come up when we confront our collective predicament. Exploring all the dimensions of love—with partners, children, friends and neighbors, nature, our own bodies, and more—Baker offers comprehensive counsel on preparing for the coming Collapse by developing self-awareness, communication skills, kindness, compassion, caring relationships, community, and spiritual connection.”
—Molly Young Brown, coauthor with Joanna Macy of Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects
“Carolyn Baker has done a marvelous job reminding us of the central place of relationship-building in our times of dire crisis and collapse. Through her work we explore how love is the source of our wisdom and the path to experience beauty amidst chaos. With words of great acuity and clarity, Baker stirs the mind and comforts the heart.”
—Chris Saade, author of Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice
“Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse discusses the myriad relationships humans are capable of forming and demonstrates why they are crucial at this time in our evolution. As catastrophic climate change threatens to eliminate many species, including our own, our relationships may determine how we live our lives and what we value most when we are surrounded with loss and confronted with the possibility of our own demise.”
—Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution
“With courage and grace, Baker tackles the issue of relationships as the unraveling of civilization proceeds. Who do we become during hard times? To whom do we relate, and how? This book demonstrates a path forward during the challenging years ahead.”
—Guy R. McPherson, PhD, author of Going Dark
“Another brilliant, wise, pioneering book by Carolyn Baker. The vision she is proposing here of sacred relationship is both sobering and profoundly inspiring. Read this book and give it to everyone you know.”
—Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism