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Healing Nature: Spiritual Ecology, Self-Cultivation, and Social Transformation in Hong Kong

Lou, Loretta I T

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This paper provides the first ethnographic study of spiritual ecology in contemporary Hong Kong. In exploring the life stories of people who wanted to "heal" nature as well as those who were being "healed" by nature through the practice of green living, this paper illuminates the interconnection between self-transformation and social transformation within the green living circle. While the first form of self-transformation occurs when individuals consciously responded to green groups' appeals to cultivating themselves for the environment, the second mode of self-transformation happens unintendedly as people developed an interest in green living. In conclusion, I argue that the spiritual-ecological practices under the umbrella of green living offered people in Hong Kong a means to introspect, reorganize , and even transform their lives during difficult life events and challenging life transition. In turn, the emotional and spiritual experience of self-transformation not only reinforced people's faith in the power of nature, such positive experience was also key to perpetuating their interest and efforts in greening Hong Kong and the world beyond.

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Lou, L. I. T. (2023). Healing Nature: Spiritual Ecology, Self-Cultivation, and Social Transformation in Hong Kong. Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1163/15685357-02703004

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 19, 2023
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Sep 30, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2023
Journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
Print ISSN 1363-5247
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/15685357-02703004
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1753163

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