E1 – Charles Eisenstein – Love as an ecological act

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“The Courage is what enables us to perform our mission. I am sure that everybody listening to this can feel the presence of a mission that is not just to survive and reproduce, that you are here for a reason to contribute to a more beautiful world. If you are not doing that, you are going to feel quite dissatisfied with your life.” 

Episode One – Charles Eisenstein – Awakening, Courage and Climate Change

Love as an ecological act

In this first episode of The Future is Beautiful Podcast, Amisha meets author and speaker Charles Eisenstein at the Aniwa gathering which brought together elders from indigenous communities across the globe. Here the old stories, the current stories and the new stories of humanity encounter one another and offer their gifts, challenges and questions.

They sit down together and share a moment amongst the crickets, children and birdsong to tune into what climate change is teaching us about connection, how empathy has a direct impact on ecology, the subtle addictions that shut down our sensitivity, what it will take to bring viable alternative systems into being and how love engenders in us the courage to act.

“To do the things that are really necessary requires real courage, so for me the question becomes where does that courage come from, the commitment to do whatever it takes? It comes from love and from a direct feedback loop that what you love is in danger.” Charles Eisenstein

Charles has written several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013) and is currently immersed in writing a new one called Climate: A New Story. In this conversation with Amisha he explores our current story about the climate, the natural world and how we relate to it, what it means to be sensitised to the world around us,  the ideology and economics of development and why birds sing more than they need to.

“They sing way more than they have to. Its is like they want to pour out their song, I think we are like that too.” Charles Eisenstein

Charles mentions the film “Ancient Futures – Lessons from Ladakh, Polly Higgins and also to the work of Genia Haddon in her book “Uniting Sex, Self and Spirit” which he elaborates on in this essay.

You can find out more about Charles and explore his writing on a broad range of topics at www.charleseisenstein.net.

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