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The Blue Sapphire of the MindNotes for a Contemplative Ecology$
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Douglas E. Christie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812325.001.0001

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Eros: Exchange, Intimacy, Reciprocity

Eros: Exchange, Intimacy, Reciprocity

(p.225) 7 Eros: Exchange, Intimacy, Reciprocity
The Blue Sapphire of the Mind

Douglas E. Christie

Oxford University Press

Eros, as understood in contemporary ecological discourse and as it has often been employed in the Christian contemplative tradition, refers to the longing to share in the life of another, whether that “other” be understood as a person, a place, a non-human species, or God. Its increasing prominence in contemporary thought and practice points to growing recognition of the centrality of desire—often expressed as feeling, affection, tenderness, or ardor—for helping us understand who we are in the world. This chapter considers an emerging contemplative vision or eros, within which it becomes possible to imagine again a profound and lasting intimacy with the living world, with our own embodied selves, and with the Spirit who lives and breathes among us.

Keywords:   Christian contemplative tradition, desire, eros, living world

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