Hope is the torch that shines light on the plague of darkness

A path to spiritual enlightenment and hope to heal and nurture our Mother Nature

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The Secret of Wisdom & Hope

What is this life all about? Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? What’s my Life’s purpose? How can I make the most of my Life?... 

The Persian poet, sage and philosopher of love, Rumi, had this to say about wisdom and hope: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” He also has reminded us that “What You Seek Is Seeking You” and “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”. These beautiful sayings are, to my mind, Rumi’s way of saying that our lives have purpose and meaning, and moreover, we should not despair and walk on with hope and commitment. 

It is the wise who understand that true knowledge is self-knowledge; that the meaning of life lies in understanding one’s own mind.  

One of the main goals of the GCGI has always been to seek wisdom, both ancient philosophy and modern thought, and to share these gems of hope by making them  both accessible to all and relevant to the way we live today. 

To fulfill our mission, we have always done our utmost to bring the light of wisdom and hope to everyday life. Read on to find out more.

Continuing Our Journey Seeking Wisdom & Hope: A Must- Read Book

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‘Looking at the headlines—a global pandemic, the worsening climate crisis, political upheaval—it can be hard to feel optimistic. And yet hope has never been more desperately needed.

In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist and Doug Abrams, internationally-bestselling author, explore—through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue—one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.

Told through stories from a remarkable career and fascinating research, The Book of Hope touches on vital questions including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? Filled with engaging dialogue and pictures from Jane’s storied career, The Book of Hope is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in today’s world.

And for the first time, Jane tells the story of how she became a messenger of hope: from living through World War II, to her years in Gombe, to realizing she had to leave the forest to travel the world in her role as an advocate for environmental justice. She details the forces that shaped her hopeful worldview, her thoughts on her past, and her revelations about her next—and perhaps final—adventure.

There is still hope, and this book will help guide us to it.’

Read more and buy THE BOOK OF HOPE from Celadon Books

See also: The GCGI Call to COP26: Make COP26 The Dawn of a New Beginning

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A pick from our GCGI archive: Connecting with the voices of Wisdom & Hope

Bereshit’ by Yoram Raanan

‘God planted a garden in Eden. (Genesis 2:8)

'The name “Eden” means “delight.” In the Garden of Eden “the gold of the land was good” and the earth shone with gemstones. All the waters of the world are said to have originated in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were surrounded by rivers that flowed with the knowledge of God, and they could see from one end of the world to the other. It is said that the earth is one- sixtieth of the Garden of Eden.’-Yoram Raanan  

The Garden of Eden has since ancient times been imbued with powerful symbolism and layers of meaning. It is both a boundary and a crossing point, a metaphor for spiritual rebirth and salvation, a shared resource and a source of holy water and life. It is the same with our GCGI spiritual values, meaning and work, waters that quench our real thirst and awaken us to the miracles available in every moment, every day, in all we do and hope for. 

In Search of a Better Tomorrow: Reasons for Hope In Times of Uncertainty  

The IPCC Report- I Refuse to give up Hope: Earth Is A Mother that Never Dies

COP26 Glasgow: Hope and Humanity to Save Our Mother Earth and Nature, History Will Judge the Complicit

Season of Creation: Walking Together, Sowing Seeds of Hope

‘Open our minds and touch our hearts, so we may be attentive to Your gift of creation’

Spirituality and Environmentalism: Healing Ourselves and our Troubled World

In this troubled world let the beauty of nature and simple life be our greatest teachers 

Saving the Web of Life: The Time is now to Tune into Peace, Love and Wisdom with a Spiritual Revolution

On the 250th Birthday of William Wordsworth Let Nature be our Wisest Teacher

Rethinking Education at the Time of Coronavirus Crisis: The Time is Now to Explore the Benefits of Nature-Based Education in Our Teaching Models

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Photo: Ibl/shutterstock/Via The Guardian

Jane Goodall on fires, floods, frugality and the good fight: ‘People have to change from within’

The climate emergency has been a wakeup call to everyone, and the ethologist and environmentalist is working as hard as ever to defeat it. She discusses horror, hope and heroism in her late 80s

Read this fascinating article by Emine Saner, a feature writer for the Guardian HERE

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