Findhorn Fellow and Buddhist eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy, passionately explains, in Part 1 of this talk, that hope is not a passive state – it is not something you have, it is something you DO. Elaborating on The Work the Reconnects, Joanna acknowledges the pain of the challenging times that we are living in, yet joyfully illuminates how, by embracing ‘Active Hope’, we can all share our gifts to be part of the biggest social movement in the history of human kind: ‘The Great Turning’. This is a transition from our destructive industrial growth society to finding healthy non life-exterminating ways of living together.
In Part 2 of the talk (starts at 29:25) Joanna emphasises the power of intention. As we cannot predict the future, we cannot know the results of our actions, but what we CAN rely on is our intention: our Bodhichitta. She invites us to embrace ways to reconnect: to come from gratitude; not to be afraid of the dark (the pain of our world); to envision the world we want to see; to link arms, and lastly – to act our age! Here she takes us on a journey from our pre-human origins to our most evolved selves today.