New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century
by Philip Shepherd
published by North Atlantic Books
paberback, 490 pages
I have not read this book cover to cover, but it is one that I love to dip into. Every time I open it up and read a few pages I am struck by its profound wisdom and accessibility. It is on my list to sit down and enjoy in full.
from the back cover:
"Anxiety runs like an undercurrent through our daily lives. We often feel distracted and out of touch with our deeper purpose. These common feelings are the by-products of an exceedingly cerebral Western culture. In New Self, New World, Renaissance man Philip Shepherd explores the root causes of these feelings and presents practical solutions in terms so fresh that they open your eyes and your hearts to a compelling reality.
"In our culture we find it normal to live in our heads, in a fragmented world, absorbed in our own anxieties - the only imaginable state for people who mistakenly believe the body is a machine. But at our core, we know better. New Self, New World challenges this primary story of what it means - and feels like - to be human.
"Shepherd demonstrates how we come into our true humanity only when we unite with our core - the deep, innate intelligence of the body. Our consciousness is not centered in the head any more than the universe is centered around the earth. To shift our paradigm, though, we need a revolution in our understanding of ourselves as decisive as the one begun by Copernicus. At once a spiritual handbook, a philosophical primer and a roaming inquiry into human history, New Self, New World cracks open the possibilities of human experience and, with clarity, inspiration and compassion, lays the groundwork for personal renewal."