Active Peace

A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World


G. Scott Brown

238  pages - paperback and eBook
Includes graphics, Restorative Practices, resources, and index

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Scott Brown has brought a wide and rich variety of life experiences to bear on the crucial subject of how to make and live peace in a world ravaged by violence. He was on the frontlines of activism for fifteen years before dedicating his life to learning the ways of peacemaking….Scott is unsparingly honest and emotionally open and vulnerable, willing to share the burdens and subtle revelations of his brave heart and his ways of staying infused with hope and energy in a world in turmoil. Active Peace is not armchair philosophizing: it is a passionately engaged and pragmatic message from the trenches of a life devoted to service.

—Andrew Harvey (from the Foreword

"Active Peace is a wise, uplifting, and heart opening guide to healing the relationship to self, others,
nature and the world."
—Shelley Tanenbaum, Clinical Psychologist

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About the Author


Scott Brown is a visionary peacemaker who bridges the divides between psychology and spirituality, the personal and the political, mindfulness and activism. He is a leading advocate for bringing the principles and practices of restorative justice to bear on the full range of social issues and transforming activism into peacemaking. He is a life and relationship coach, youth mentor, and trainer who has applied his skills as a restorative justice facilitator and program coordinator, a divorce mediator, a wilderness rites of passage guide, a meditation instructor, and a mentor to youth both in and out of the criminal justice system.

Scott holds a Master’s degree in Ecopsychology and Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University, and is the founder of Active Peace, LLC and cofounder of the Colorado Center For Restorative Practices. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Scott invites you to join the Active Peace Facebook group

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On a blustery November day in 2005, I was sitting on a couch next to my wife, minding my own business, when the marriage counselor broke the silence with the one question guaranteed to strike fear in the heart of an unconscious man. She looked at me and asked, “So Scott, what are you feeling right now?” Feeling? Well, I felt like a deer caught in the headlights. I was about as in touch with my feelings as I was the Rings of Saturn. But in that moment it dawned on me for the very first time that this disconnection from my feelings was worth paying attention to, that it was part of the reason I was headed for divorce. I didn’t share that information, I wasn’t ready to go that far, but through that small crack in my armor a little light crept in.

Shortly after that session, my wife and I decided to move ahead with divorce. With the collapse of the dream we had shared, I found myself scraping bottom, and in that place of sadness and uncertainty I was finally able to get in touch with the anger and discontentment that had been stewing inside of me for so long. I didn’t understand what was happening, but I knew I was bored with being angry and that something needed to change. Like so many others before me, I had to get knocked down by life before I would start to wake up.

The final shove came with a walk on the beach and a question repeated, “What are you passionate about?” I had been working with this question for some time, and on this night, when a vision came to me of Mahatma Gandhi’s face smiling down on me, something clicked. With my background in nonviolent action, this visit from Gandhi made perfect sense. I was being called to prepare myself to be of service in the challenging and violent times ahead. I responded with a deep and humble “Yes” to that vision, and that night my course was set. It was time for me to walk the peacemaker’s path.

What I quickly learned on this path is the importance of personal transformation as a foundation. I’ve come to appreciate that Active Peace is, first and foremost, a process of healing my own belief in separateness. Gandhi knew this, and maybe that’s why I saw a twinkle in his eye that night on the beach.

 I’m so very grateful for the teachers and teachings that have come my way. As I’ve worked to integrate, distill, and present what I’ve learned and experienced for the purposes of this book, I have never doubted there was something worth sharing here. I hope you will agree









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Part One: Mapping the Territory

   Chapter One  The Inner Context of Psychological Experience
   Chapter Two
  The Outer Context of Society, Culture, and Environment
   Chapter Three
  Growing up Together

Part Two: The Path of Restoration  

   Chapter Four  Restoring Our Relationship to Self
   Chapter Five 
Restoration’s Foundation: Mindfulness
   Chapter Six 
Restoring Our Relationship to Nature
   Chapter Seven
   Beyond the Human/Nature Split
   Chapter Eight
  Restoring Our Interpersonal Relationships
   Chapter Nine
  Relationship Skills and Tools
   Chapter Ten 
Transforming Conflict
   Chapter Eleven
  Restoring Our Relationship to the World
   Chapter Twelve
 Restorative Activism

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