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A Spirituality Named Compassion : Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice - Matthew Fox

A Spirituality Named Compassion

Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice

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- Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence- A road map to fulfillment for the coming centuryIn "A Spirituality Named Compassion," Matthew Fox, the popular and controversial author, establishes a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing. Using his own experiences with the pain and lifestyle changes that resulted from an accident, Fox has written an uplifting book on the issues of ecological justice, the suffering of Earth, and the rights of her nonhuman citizens.Fox defines compassion as creativity put to the service of justice and argues that we can achieve compassion for both humanity and the environment as we recognize the interconnectedness of all things. Working toward the creation of a gentler, ecological, and feminist Christianity, Fox marries mysticism and social justice, emphasizing that as we enter a new millennium society needs to realize that spirituality's purpose is to guide us on a path that leads to a genuine love of all our relations and a love for our shared interdependence.

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Preface: The Second Editionp. vii
Preface: Retrieving Compassion from its Lonely Exilep. xi
Towards a Meaning of Compassion: From Exiling Compassion as Sentiment to Living Compassion as a Way of Lifep. 1
Compassion is not pity but celebration
Compassion is not sentiment but is making justice and doing works of mercy
Compassion is not private, egocentric or narcissistic but public
Compassion is not mere human personalism but is cosmic in its scope and diving in its energies
Compassion is not about ascetic detachments or abstract contemplation but is passionate and caring
Compassion is not anti-intellectual but seeks to know and to understand the interconnections of all things
Compassion is not religion but a way of life, i.e., a spirituality
Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and diving energies
Compassion is not altruism but self-love and other-love at one
Summary
Sexuality and Compassion: From Climbing Jacob's Ladder to Dancing Sarah's Circlep. 36
Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Some consequences of Jacob's Ladder
Dancing Sarah's Circle
Climbing Jacob's Ladder contrasted to Dancing Sarah's Circle
Examples of Sarah's Circle dynamics
Mystical Symbol as a legitimization of secular violence
Summary
Psychology and Compassion: From a Psychology of Control (Competition, Compulsion and Dualism) to a Psychology of Celebration (Letting Be, Letting Go, Letting Dialectic Happen)p. 68
Competition vs. compassion
Compulsion vs. compassion
Dualism vs. compassion
Toward a psychology of compassion which is a psychology of celebration
Letting be
Letting go
Letting dialectic happen
Forgiveness and the psychology of compassion
Summary
Creativity and Compassion: From a Fetish with the Cross to an Exploration of the Empty Tombp. 104
Creativity as a way of life for all people
Exploring the empty tomb and the riches of creativity
Entering the tomb as entering into the fears of creating
The creative process as the making of connections
Creativity as compassion
Creativity, extrovert meditation and prophecy
Summary
Science, Nature, and Compassion: From a Mechanistic and Piecemeal Universe to an Organic and Interdependent Onep. 140
Physics and compassion
Biology and compassion
Animals and compassion
Animals as spiritual directors
Earth, earthiness and compassion
Summary
Economics and Compassion: From an Expansionist Economics based on the 'Wealth of Nations' to an Economics of Interdependence based on the Survival of the Global Villagep. 176
From Newtonian to Einsteinian economics
Psychology and economics
Sexuality and economics
Creativity in today's economics
Toward an economics of compassion
Seven proposals for discussion
Summary
Politics and Compassion: From an Elitist and Ladder-Like Solution to Political Issues to a Just Sharing in a Sarah-Circle Body Politicp. 221
The new meaning of politics
The politics of of energy
Politics and health care
Politics and education
Educating for compassion
Summary
Compassion and the Healing of Humpty Dumpty, the Global Village and Us: From the Salvation of the Privatized Soul to the Mending of the Cracked World Soulp. 243
Humpty Dumpty: an overview after the fall
Humpty Dumpty as world egg and cosmic egg
Humpty Dumpty and the search for the human egg or soul
Humpty Dumpty as the new world soul
Humpty Dumpty as the divine soul
Humpty Dumpty and the salvation of our souls
Summary
Notesp. 271
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ISBN: 9780892818020
ISBN-10: 0892818026
Series: No
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Type: New edition