Joanna Macy on feeling

The refusal to feel takes a heavy toll. It not only impoverishes our emotional and sensory life—flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic—but also impedes our capacity to process and respond to information. The energy expended in pushing down despair is diverted from more creative uses, depleting the resilience and imagination needed for fresh visions and strategies.
Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for global justice and ecological renewal, Edition 2, (Berkeley, California: Parallax Press, 2007), p. 93. First published (Berkeley, California: Parallax Press, 1991). Cited by Maggie Duval (Facebook, March 27, 2010 9:43am).

Joanna Macy Posted on behalf of Joanna Macy on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 under Quotations.
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