The key to solving the problems and challenges we face is embracing peaceful coexistence.
We are facing a crisis situation involving multiple global problems, any one of which could drive humanity to utter ruin. This presents an urgent need and opportunity to create fundamental, long-term changes promising a sustainable future. Like it or not, this situation puts each of us living on Earth in a very special place in the history of humanity and our planet.
This special position demands our reflection, wisdom, courage, and responsibility on a different level from that of previous generations. For pandemics, climate crises, and other such problems threaten all our lives, not only those of certain individuals or groups. It is also because we cannot solve these problems while putting the interests of any individual, group, or nation first.
The key to solving the problems and challenges we face is coexistence. Coexistence is not about just recognizing each other’s equal right to exist in this world; it is a much more active and fundamental principle. Coexistence is based on the understanding that all life on Earth is interconnected and that unless we take care of each other, ultimately, we cannot survive. Coexistence is not one of many but the only way we can thrive together in the long run. More than any new technology or infrastructure, we most desperately need this understanding and attitude to achieve a sustainable planet.
The conscience, empathy, and ability to reflect that we need to coexist harmoniously with one another are a natural part of ourselves. They exist beyond the veil of conceptual information, regardless of our personal experience, educational level, or surrounding environment. This is the living naturalness in the hearts and brains of all people.
Finding this naturalness hidden within us and learning how to use it is a new art we should pursue and develop beyond the material dimension. In this book, Ilchi Lee describes the core concepts and principles of this art, as well as methods for making use of them. He also proposes plans for moving beyond the personal level to applying such ideas for social, cultural, and institutional change.
About the Authors
Ilchi Lee is a visionary and New York Times bestselling author who has penned more than 40 books. He founded the mind-body practices of Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education and established the Earth Citizen Movement. Lee also founded and serves as the president of the Global Cyber University, the University of Brain Education, the Earth Citizens Organization, and the International Brain Education Association, which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. His principles and methods have helped millions of people worldwide expand their true potential.
Steve Kim is a writer, educator, and life-long practitioner of mindfulness and sustainable living. He currently serves as the executive director of the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO), a non-profit dedicated to promoting mindful living, natural health, and world sustainability.
The Art of Coexistence masterfully addresses both the root causes of our anxieties about the rapidly unfolding existential threats to our future, while providing at the same time a simple paradigm and practical strategy out of this dilemma.
– Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Ph.D., author of The Mind-Gut Connection
This book strikes a resonant chord, beginning with recognizing that solutions to our environmental crises lie not outside of us, but within us. Grounded in love for all beings, the authors take the reader by the hand to remind us of our innate ability to live harmoniously on planet Earth through proactive and warm-hearted coexistence.
– Craig Elevitch Ph.D., director of Agroforestry Net
Ilchi Lee’s book, The Art of Coexistence, shows us how we can live more meaningful and joyful lives while also contributing to the sustainability of the planet. It is inspirational as well as practical, and it points the way toward a more harmonious future. It arrives at the perfect time.
– Rev. Barry Ebert, minister at Mile Hi Church
Ilchi Lee dreams BIG. In The Art of Coexistence, he examines society’s problems and outlines ways to solve them. He also thinks small, reminding us that the age of man is insignificant in Earth’s history and that the answer lies within each of us. He explains how people and society can align with nature and heal in the process. I think he’s on to something.
– Laura Langford, chairwoman of Amerikazentrum Hamburg
This book is a personal call to action to redesign how we exist with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth. A timely piece after emerging from a worldwide pandemic to support us with concrete steps we can take toward a healthy and fulfilling existence while changing the fate of our planet.
– Candice Bataille, founder and president of Glowmundo
Format: Paperback, full-color
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Best Life Media (April 1, 2022)