Presence Activism

A Profound Antidote to Climate Anxiety

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2024 | Archive Date 13 May 2024
Collective Ink Limited | Changemakers Books

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A profound solution to calming and dissolving climate anxiety in these perilous times.

In this book, author Lynne Sedgmore integrates presence, climate activism, and the alleviation of climate anxiety in an innovative and unique synthesis and new term - Presence Activism.

By offering a profound solution with new perspectives, Presence Activism: A Profound Antidote to Climate Anxiety is steeped in a presence that moves activism beyond metaphors of war, enemies, and destruction, as well as the illusion of separation, into the visceral knowing of presence and interconnection, thereby making presence an important part of the way forward for current and future activism.

Presence Activism: A Profound Antidote to Climate Anxiety introduces new processes of the Presence Flower and the Anxiety Flower to solve the anxiety issues we face, and to develop and expand our own personal internal coping mechanisms, responses, and capacities.

This book is a compendium of different perspectives and experiences of presence, as well as a powerful conceptual and thoughtful analysis of the fields of presence, climate anxiety, and climate peril.


A profound solution to calming and dissolving climate anxiety in these perilous times.

In this book, author Lynne Sedgmore integrates presence, climate activism, and the alleviation of climate anxiety...


A Note From the Publisher

Dr. Lynne Sedgmore CBE is an activist, executive coach, non-executive board member, priestess, interfaith minister, published author, poet and former chief executive. She has been involved in environmental and feminist campaigns and numerous protests since the 1970s. She bridges mainstream organisations and spiritual communities. She coaches individuals and senior teams in charities and organisations that inspire her. The organisations she led have won numerous awards. She was appointed CBE for services to education and was named as one of the UK’s “100 Women of Spirit” and as one of the most influential people in the Debrett’s 500 list.
She is the author of Goddess Luminary Leadership Wheel; Enlivenment: Poems; Healing Through the Goddess: Poems, Prayers, Chants and Songs; and Crone Times: Poems.
Lynne is active in Extinction Rebellion, she Chairs the Glastonbury Town Deal investment of £25 million. She is a Priestess of Avalon within the Glastonbury Goddess community. She is a student in the Ridhwan school of inquiry. She has worked extensively with the Enneagram. Her leadership impact, Luminary teachings and poetry have featured in many books, articles and magazines.

Dr. Lynne Sedgmore CBE is an activist, executive coach, non-executive board member, priestess, interfaith minister, published author, poet and former chief executive. She has been involved in...


Advance Praise

I sit here with a steady flow of tears for the raw beauty, truth and beautifully articulated wisdom you have expressed in Presence Activism.

For many years I have been shedding and working with Presence, without knowing that this was what was happening to me and my service out in the world. Reading from Presence in each chapter I felt a different sense of learning, and depth of emotion. This book, your teachings, the flowers and the wisdom petals bring together a rich garden of abundance that can feed our souls, help our minds understand and soothe our breaking hearts. I know in my bones that this book will enable many therapists and healers to understand another level of anxiety and despair. Many of us are seeing so much of this right now. You give supportive meaning and a clear perspective on how to move through, how to be with, and to be present with all that is. Thank you and Blessed Be.

Angie Twydall, Founder of the Sanctuary of Sophia, Priestess and Healer 


I sit here with a steady flow of tears for the raw beauty, truth and beautifully articulated wisdom you have expressed in Presence Activism.

For many years I have been shedding and working with...


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PAGES 264

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Love this book, and I do recommend! I do notice that I have some complicated feelings about it. Because it was even better than expected, both the frequent hits and the few misses were more obvious.

It explained a lot of things really well, using even personal examples to explain. But at random, I couldn't follow because the book assumed I was familiar with certain spiritual terms and it makes me feel left out a bit. The book takes anxiety and burn out seriously and isn't ableist about it (which a lot of spiritual books are unfortunately and was such a welcome change for me), but because of that when thr book repeats the common ableist trope about the rich and privileged having personality disorders it hit harder. At that point in the book that hurt because I was loving this book.

*Thinking that rich people are bad people because you think they have personality disorders doesn't harm the rich, but it harms those with those types of psychological disabilities who just have to keep hearing everyone think they're bad people. The rich do what they do, because they can. It's the impact of privilege, not a personality disorder. It's a choice they make.

For someone who struggles cognitively and with energy levels the short chapters and subchapters was welcome. It made taking breaks easier without losing track.

The book reads like having a lovely conversation with someone you agree with very regularly but not always. It is spiritual and helpful while practical. The author tries to recognise privilege and be intersectional. And is open to learning. I hope therefor any future books veers away from diagnosing the privileged with anything more than privilege. Because I do hope this author will write more. I enjoyed this.

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