To read and sit with Glennie Kindred’s new book Letting in the Wild Edges is a truly delightful experience. It touches on some of the most profound issues on the transformation of what it is to be human in a way that is unusually direct, engaging and deep. It’s a book that ‘sings’! This is not a book about ideas of relationship with the earth (although it is full of insight into what it means to understand the oneness of life). Glennie Kindred leads us into new ways of thinking that bring us into a fresh relationship with the earth and its creatures and with ourselves. She does this through a wealth of possibilities (gardening, walking, hiking, eating, healing) that gently and lovingly introduce us to the wild edges of our being, the intuitive and imaginative parts of our self.
This is not a book about pompous or high-flying ideas or ideals. Yet there is a sense that the act of letting in the wild edges is fundamental to the reshaping of humanity’s relationship with the earth. Our time in history is all about learning, as individuals, communities and a species, to respond appropriately to the crisis of climate change and the need to somehow develop a culture and civilization, an economics and a politics, that is truly sustainable. At the heart of this is the birth of a newly oriented human being who knows in a mythic, poetic, philosophical and visceral way that Life is One. Letting in the Wild Edges contributes to this grand process.
Steve Nation is joint founder of Intuition in Service and is co-convenor of the Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations in New York. He distributes a monthly newsletter, Please Hold in the Light, inviting recipients to give loving, mindful attention to important global events, conferences and processes. www.intuition-in-service.org ; www.spiritualcaucusun.org
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