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Sacred Activism

How to Give Back from the Heart
By Andrew Harvey

With so many crises facing our planet–from extreme poverty to environmental depletion to our often hurried, disconnected pace of life–the future can seem bleak. And many of us feel discouraged and overwhelmed about our ability to make a difference. The most visible world activists are often “fighting for peace,” an ironic position that doesn’t really reach the roots of our planetary problems.

But one movement, “sacred activism,” an approach in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, engages our compassion so that action comes from love.

Author and teacher Andrew Harvey has written a book about this phenomenon, offering sage wisdom and practical tools for positive personal and planetary transformation.

He suggests trying these ten things to start to align yourself “with the power and hope of sacred activism.”

The following is an excerpt is from The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House, 2009) by Andrew Harvey.

The first six invite you into deep, nourishing connection with your spirit; the last four will help you express the compassion and joy this connection awakens in you in action:

Be grateful
Ask yourself: What’s Sacred to Me?
Cultivate forgiveness
Read Sacred words
Pray or ask to align with Love
Develop a spiritual practice
Make a small gesture
Take a baby step for world hunger
Reach into your community
Choose a cause
Extend compassion


Sacred Activism