This One Wild and Precious Life

The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

by Sarah Wilson

On Sale: 12/29/2020

This One Wild and Precious Life

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This One Wild and Precious Life

The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

by Sarah Wilson

On Sale: 12/29/2020


About the Book

Will you sleep through the revolution? Or do you want to wake up and reclaim your one, wild and precious life? From New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson comes a spiritual guidebook for healing our cultural crisis of disconnection.

We live in truly overwhelming times. The climate crisis, political polarization, and Coronavirus have left many of us in a state of spiritual PTSD. We have retreated, morally and psychologically; we are experiencing a crisis of disconnection—from one another, from our true values, from joy, and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it.

Sarah Wilson argues that this sense of despair and disconnection is ironically what unites us—that deep down, we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living. This One Wild and Precious Life opens our eyes to how we got here and offers a radically hopeful path forward. Drawing on science, literature, philosophy and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading experts, and her personal journey, Wilson weaves a one-of-a-kind narrative that lights the way back to the life we love. En route, she leads us through a series of “wildly awake” and joyful practices for reconnecting again that include:

  • Go to your edge. Do what scares you and embrace discomfort daily. Use it to grow into your Big Life.
  • #buylesslivemore. Break the cycle of mindless consumption and get light with your life.
  • Become a soul nerd. Embrace poetry, deep reading, art, and classical music to light up your intellect.
  • Get “full-fat spiritual”. How to have an active practice – beyond the “lite” “rainbows and unicorns” – and use it to change the world.
  • Hike. Just hike. Walking in nature reconnects us with ourselves, and with our true purpose.
  • Practice wild activism. If you can get 3.5 per cent of a population to participate in sustained, non-violent protest, change happens. We create our better world.

The time has come to boldly, wildly, imagine better. We are being called upon, individually and as a society, to forge a new path and to find a new way of living. Will you join the journey?

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Critical Praise

“Sarah Wilson is a force of nature – quite literally. She has taken her pain and grief about our sick and troubled world and alchemized it into action, advocacy, adventure, poetry, and true love. She’s a great teacher and a great leader, and I admire her with all my soul.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

“Sara Wilson is a traveler of worlds, outer and inner. And her reports from the journey are both intensely personal and germane to a sick and distracted world. In the midst of the collective malaise, she zeros in on her determination to live her life, not someone else’s, and on the work to which we are all summoned if this species is to survive. Her work is, as the world is, both wild and precious.” - James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and author of Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times

“The inchoate sense that something is missing-- something related to connection and community and meaning-- nags at many of us. This book has some smart suggestions for how to move out of that purgatory, and perhaps, in the process, help build a world that works." - Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“The timing of this book couldn’t be more critical. Sarah takes us on a series of wild hikes around the world and shows us how inherently connected to nature we truly are, while also shedding light on how desperately we need to find a new path in our changing world. Wild and Precious speaks to my soul.”  - Emilie Ristevski, wilderness photographer @helloemilie


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062962973
  • ISBN 10: 0062962973
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 12/29/2020
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  • BISAC2 : BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation
  • BISAC3 : SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General

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