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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NEW WORLD NOW PODCAST, Episode 11: DON’T BE A JERK with BRAD WARNER
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When Brad Warner randomly signed up for a class in Zen Buddhism as a young punk rocker in Akron, Ohio, in the late 1980s, he didn’t expect his whole life to change, but it did. Now, some thirty years later, he’s an ordained Soto Zen priest and the bestselling author of books including Don’t Be a Jerk and Sit Down and Shut Up. He is celebrated for his hilarious, edgy approach to Zen, and in this great conversation he explains how the practice of intentionally sitting down and shutting up every day has the potential to improve not only our individual lives, but the world around us as well.   



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Thursday, March 09, 2017
HOW TO FACE THE MESS WE’RE IN WITHOUT GOING CRAZY: An Excerpt from ACTIVE HOPE by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
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The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, and a politically divided nation create what can feel like an emergency of overwhelming proportions. In their book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, authors Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone show us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.

 

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Thursday, February 02, 2017
CHAOTIC CALM: Living from Your Confident Center in Tumultuous Times by guest blogger Sara Avant Stover, author of THE BOOK OF SHE
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Let’s be honest. 2016 was a hellish ride for many of us.
 
I separated from my former fiancé and embarked on the daunting quest to build an entirely new life. We lost Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, George Michael, Florence Henderson, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds.
 
The U.S. had one of the most contentious presidential elections in our history — with reports of Russian hacking, no less! We’ve faced atrocities in Aleppo, Orlando, Oakland, and so many other places. Globally, we’re more divided than ever.
 
In our individual lives, many of us hover in survival mode, struggling to stay afloat amid life’s incessant changes and challenges.
 
I’ve heard from you, and I know that together we’re facing divorces, miscarriages, the debilitating fatigue of early motherhood, wacky hormonal shifts, aging parents, chronic illness, weight gain, low libido, and constantly feeling like we’re not enough.
 

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Hope and Fear: An excerpt from THE ACTIVIST’S TAO TE CHING by William Martin
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In these challenging times, the need for activism is greater than ever before. William Martin, author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution, writes, “We have learned the secret of transformation: Injustice feeds our determination. Hate increases our love. Wounds bring forth our healing, and fear uncovers our courage and serenity.”

We hope you’ll take a quiet moment to read this excerpt from The Activist’s Tao Te Ching:

Both hope and fear are hollow companions.
Each will trigger anxious thoughts.
If hope and fear drive us,
our actions will be built on unstable ground.
We will always second-guess our moves,
looking over our shoulder, fearful
even of our friends,
squabbling among ourselves,
blaming and praising in a futile attempt
to control people and events.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016
A DAY JUST LIKE TODAY: THOUGHTS ON THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE by guest blogger Kent Nerburn, author of VOICES IN THE STONES
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Recently I was flying across the country on one of those rare cloudless days when you can watch the full bounty of the earth pass beneath you in all its geological and topographic beauty. I sat, mesmerized, as the ragged expanse of the Rockies gave way to the duns and tans of the rolling high plains. Cities and towns — small huddlings connected by a thin tracery of roadways — appeared for a moment and then, just as quickly, were gone.

I had been lulled into an almost hypnotic reverie by the landscape passing below me when suddenly the brown list and roll of the plains was broken by a snaking ribbon of blue that looked like nothing so much as one of those serpentine dragons on the back of a Japanese kimono. The Missouri River. The Mne Sose, the giver of life. 


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Thursday, November 10, 2016
COLLECTIVE WISDOM FROM NEW WORLD LIBRARY AUTHORS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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Several New World Library authors have been sharing their unique perspectives about our new President Elect Trump reality on social media. 

Here are just a few examples of the powerful wisdom they have been offering in this unprecedented time of change in our country’s history. 


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