Why on Earth?: Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming

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today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our
participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer
needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change. However,
can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our
inner life and to our own evolving biography as it re ects and informs
the outer world? This book starts from the premise that each of our lives
expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal
rhythms and possibilities. Can we wake up to the developmental opportunities
offered to us through different life phases? Are we able to step out of the
narrowness of the dualistic nature–nurture argument and experience that we
are both more than our genetic composition and more than a product of the
social and educational in uences that have shaped us? Can we come to
appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity,
ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true
individuality? Waking up to our unique self as it grows through interaction
with the world and other human beings helps us recognize the signi cance
we all play in one another’s biographies and in the unfolding of our larger human
story. Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning- lled life
journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may
more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way
of our personal and shared becoming.


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Dec 1, 2013
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Mysticism
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