Directly opposed to the “Western cultural values ... of capitalism, consumerism, racism, and classism,” eco-reverence suggests a design for living that is aligned with the preservation and perpetuation of nature’s resources and cycles. Williams makes the case that transformation begins with excavating the individual’s “internal landscape” and embarking on a process of “ascension, though we could just as easily say ‘descension,’ returning to the core of our being.” Along with these at times esoteric insights, Williams offers practical guidance for readers that’s heavily based on Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese medicine, and indigenous wisdom to give a nonrestrictive foundation to commence a practice of nature-based spirituality.
From there, Williams delves into the social, external, and spiritual landscapes and covers a slew of topics, including nutrition, exercise, romantic relationships, social justice, spiritual similarities between major religions, and many more, but although the breadth of Williams’ proposed method for spiritual transformation is vast, it ultimately comes down to the most powerful and obvious solution: love. “If we are the needle” Williams writes, “and life is the fabric, love is the thread that sews us together.” To readers yearning for a nature-aligned spiritual path, Soil and Spirit is a nurturing place to begin.
Takeaway: Nourishing guide offering spiritual path in harmony with nature.
Comparable Titles: Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, William Martin’s A Path and Practice.
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