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Nina Simons
Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership
Nina Simons, author
An inspiring journey to shed self-limiting beliefs, lead from the heart and discoverr beloved community as you cultivate your own flourishing and liberation. Inspired by Indigenous wisdom keepers who are leading the way towards a regenerative future, it invites women and people of all genders to 'see with new and ancient eyes.' Weaving my own insights together with reflections from cutting-edge leaders such as Terry Tempest Williams, Jeannette Armstrong, Alixa Garcia and V(formerly Eve Ensler), the book opens thought-provoking pathways for reflection and growth. Discussion guides for each chapter offer prompts for engaging with anti-racism and intersectionality, along with interactive practices for Individuals and groups to deepen understanding an learning. As an essential handbook for navigating these perilous times with clarity and joy, I invite us to remember and reclaim our sacred relationship to the Earth by rebalancing ourselves and our societies.
Linking spiritual and personal growth and balance with a call for transformational change at the individual and societal levels, Bioneers co-founder Simons urges readers in this bold, welcoming guide to strive to achieve balance, to “reclaim the feminine,” and to dare to lead. Simons offers insight, inspiration, and tools and exercises to help readers to heal, nurture visions and clear senses of purpose, and stand firm in the face of what she identifies as a “global war on women.” Simons unstintingly lays out the parameters of that “systemic, entrenched, and brutal” war, recounting stomach-churning testimony at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, where she hosted a panel on women’s leadership.

Innovative and original, Simons’s guide asks readers to care for themselves and their own balance and wellness but also “to form an underground web of connection with each other, like aspen trees do” and to aspire to nothing less than “a shift in how we relate to each other and to the whole of the living Earth.” Drawing from indigenous traditions, a deep interest in intuition and dreams, and practical and spiritual-minded conversations with thinkers like V. (formerly Eve Ensler) and Terry Tempest Williams, Nature, Culture, & the Sacred stands apart for its breadth and richness, especially in its clear-eyed linking of attention to injustice, from Standing Rock to civil rights to multinational corporations abuses of indigenous populations, and its conviction that we each have the tools to contribute to change.

Simons emphasizes storytelling techniques and exercises to expose truths, build movements, achieve social change, and even “shift our relationship to time.” Profiles of “sheros” whose work embodies Simons’ conception of “emergent, love-inspired leadership” both round out the book and demonstrate the power of those storytelling techniques. Each chapter ends with “Prompts for Deeper Learning”—“How might you strengthen your partnering with others to leverage power?”—that challenge readers in ways few books do.

Takeaway: This uplifting guide to transformative change challenges readers to face a global war on women.

Great for fans of: 25 Transformational Stories From Women Making An Impact In The Lives Of Others, Julie Burton and Chris Olsen’s Her Path Forward.

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