"You are the universe in ecstatic motion" - Rumi
Humanity and the natural world are bound together in a sometimes harmonious, sometimes precarious, relationship. Just as we are shaped by our surroundings: our planet is affected by the way we live. Ecopsychology explores this interrelationship, recognizing the earth as the source and context of life.
All too frequently, we humans opt to fit a large and complex world into a narrow worldview. We inevitably struggle to comprehend the world in all its fullness. Inconvenient questions as to our dependence on the interrelationships that support all life on this planet tend to get left out of conventional narratives. Like a shattered mirror, the disorientating and distracting facets of urban life have fragmented our experience of the world we live in.
Ecopsychology embraces a psychology that serves all life. Looking beyond our human-centredness, it raises awareness of the deep and subtle communion between human and other-than-human consciousness.
Ecology is concerned with the interrelationships of living systems. Therapy helps to bring unrealized aspects of our being into awareness. Ecotherapy then, is concerned with how we locate ourselves in this more-than-human universe.
Caught up in modern life we can all-too-easily find ourselves estranged from the embodied reality of human being and alienated from our source, the earth. By acknowledging our part in a greater whole we may come to accept our mortal limitations and rediscover our primary bond with our environment.
Ecotherapy encourages people to develop greater awareness of their own nature, their relationships with each other and the environment. Spending time outside means we experience ourselves in a wider and more systemic context. We soon begin to question the tacit assumptions that separate humans from nature and rediscover our place in an ecology of diversity.
Remembering our bonds to the earth can begin the healing of often painful splits from our physical and emotional bodies and bring relief to repetitive cycles of anxious thinking.
Presence is a spiritual state of being. Making time to be fully present each day helps each of us to connect to a more inclusive sense of existence and life-affirming consciousness. From the wonder of a sunrise to the silent cathedral of a forest, the simple practice of attending to our own existence and fully present to own experience of being, brings us to become more fully ourselves.