Tao of Sustainability
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Tao of Sustainability
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By Gregory Ripley
220 Pages
Jan 2016
ISBN 978-1-931483-31-5


At the crux of our current environmental crisis lies humanity’s perceived separation from nature. We simply will not take care of the natural world if we do not believe we are an integral part of it. In Tao of Sustainability the author presents the traditional Daoist path of self-cultivation as a framework for bringing humans back into a sustainable relationship with the Earth. Tao of Sustainability also explores how our health, both mental and physical, is impacted by nature, drawing on research in the fields of Green Exercise, Nature and Forest Medicine, and Ecopsycology. Part philosophy, part meditation manual, part nature awareness guide, The Tao of Sustainability offers numerous pathways towards reconnecting with nature and the Dao through mind, body, and spirit. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and traditions, from Daoism to Stoicism, Ecopsychology to Buddhist mind training, the visual arts to movement (tai chi, qigong)—this book provides numerous ways to reconnect with the natural world. Gregory Ripley holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He lives in Minnesota, where he practices acupuncture. We humans are learning that we cannot secede from nature. Our future depends on whether we are willing to respond to the lessons in Greg Ripley’s eminently wise Tao of Sustainability. Put this book on the very top of your reading list: urgency is afoot, time is not on our side. —Larry Dossey, MD, Author of Healing Words, Reinventing Medicine, Healing beyond the Body, One Mind, and more Tao of Sustainability is a pleasure to read. Gregory successfully takes the reader on a ride into the wonders of nature, reminding us of our basic natural connectedness. The teachings of Tao run throughout this text, just as Tao runs through nature, leaving nothing untouched. The book presents numerous ways to encourage readers to realize their intimate alliance with nature. He moves skillfully through the seasons, engaging all different landscapes of our planet and presenting both serious and fun ways to be in nature. Examples include the practice of sitting and forgetting, playfully crawling, climbing, and swimming, as well as making art—all ways to tune into nature. He also presents my favorite qigong practice of circle walking and looks at the larger ways of distance walking, including pilgrimage, citing from my favorite nature artists. This book is a powerful inspiration for everyone to live in harmony with nature. —Michael Rinaldini (Li Changdao), Qigong Teacher, Daoist Priest, Founder of American Dragon Gate Lineage