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Date: 01/01/2014
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Open Sentences on The Great Turning

from chapter 6 of Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown; second edition, published 2014. Please acknowledge the source when you use any of these practices.


Time: 20 minutes


The Gratitude stage of a workshop is an excellent place to introduce the Great Turning. We strongly recommend describing the Great Turning within the context of the Three Stories of Our Times. This can help us be thankful for the chance to choose the version of reality we want to live by.



For the mechanics of this exercise, see the introduction to Open Sentences on Gratitude.

After presenting the Great Turning, we sometimes offer these three open sentences: 

  1. To be alive now in this time of global crisis, what is hard for me is…
  2. What I appreciate about living in this time of global crisis is …
  3. As I look at my life, it seems that I am taking part in the Great Turning — and some of the ways are…


Additional Resources

Open Sentences from Work That Reconnects on Vimeo.

Contributor/Author: Joanna Macy & Molly Brown