During my own journey through midlife (including perimenopause leading to menopause), I have found in one author an enormous amount of guidance, support, validation and affirmation about where I have been and where I think I might be going. Bill Plotkin, in his books, Soulcraft, Wild Mind and now, Nature and the Human Soul, presents a roadmap for the entire human journey, from birth to death – especially for those interested in living in a more peaceful, loving and harmonious world. Nature and the Human Soul, the most recent of his books that I have read, provided me with affirmation and support for the midlife journey while affirming the choices I have made in my parenting and giving me hope for my elder years. I love the work Bill is doing in the world and I highly recommend all of this books. In today’s blog, I review Nature and the Human Soul.
Moving beyond Maslow, Erickson, Piaget, Fowler and Westerhoff (among others), Bill Plotkin presents a model of human development which promises to transform our culture from one rooted in fear to one embodied in love. Transcending the ecocentric, materialistic ideals of Western Society, Nature and the Human Soul – Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, re-imagines a culture in which the deepest yearnings of the human heart are met, at every age, by those charged with care, guidance and support and where every person is empowered in the birth of their Soul – the uniquely creative way in which they have been gifted to find meaning, purpose, fulfillment and through which they are called to serve the betterment of the world. Through his own personal insights and experiences, informed by modern psychology and indigenious traditions and practices, Plotkin presents practical advice and simple tools for cultivating a culture that is rooted in Soul and working for the benefit of all of creation. Nature and the Human Soul would be of interest to anyone concerned with restoring our world to a state of sustainability, peace and harmonious co-existence and is a must-read for parents and teachers and others responsible for the formation of future generations.
Lauri Ann Lumby, author of Authentic Freedom – claiming a life of contentment and joy and Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself. http://yourspiritualtruth.com.