What is Ecopsychology?

EcopsychologyAccording to Wikipedia, Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles.
Ecopsychology attempts to develop and understand ways of growing the emotional connection between people and the natural world.

Ecopsychology has emerged over the past several years as an intellectual and social movement that seeks to understand and heal our relationship with the Earth

The man credited for coining the term ecopsychology is Theodore Roszak. His book “The Voice of the Earth” gave birth to the term ecopsychology.

 

4 Benefits of Ecopsychology

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# 1Regenerative powersCraig Chalquist, PhD, co-author of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
#2Ease stressThe Natural Way To Calm Down Simply going outside can help you chill, finds new research prevention.com
#3Lesson anxiety
#4Fight depression 2007 study from the University of Essex

Taking a walk in the woods after a week of work is like plugging your cellphone in to charge when it’s at 2%. Instant relief!

 

 

3 Approaches to Ecopsychology



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Ecopsychology is an approach to psychotherapy that acknowledges that human beings are connected with the hub of life. This includes: plants, animals, and the earth.
This paradigm fosters openness to connect with natural world so we can explore discover our own aliveness and wellness on both a physical and emotional level.
Creating a deeper connection with the elements outside of ourselves, we are better able to awaken to the aliveness that is within ourselves.

Techniques used in ecopsychology encompass a wide range and might include: mindfulness and meditative practice while in a natural environment, vision quests where one spends several days immersed in Nature, spending more intentional time in a Nature, and using Nature as a metaphor.

1.)  Vision Quest

ecopsychologyTHE VISION QUEST has been used all over the world for thousands of years. It is a right of passage that is usually undertaken at the age of puberty. When a young boy was seen as ready by the village Elders, they would leave everything behind, including clothes, and head out into the wilderness in search of their “vision”, free of the distractions or material things of the “modern” world they inhibited . The Vision Quest would usually include things like, fasting , prayer, ceremony and would sometimes the ritual taking of hallucinogenics derived from indigenous plants.

 

2.)  Spending “Mindfulness” Time in Nature

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Human being are biologically hardwired to be outdoors. The human brain is designed to respond to the smells, sights, and sensations that are provided in the outside environment. When you spend time outdoors it makes you healthier and happier especially when done on a daily basis. Having attention to the environment in a relaxed and mindful way while you are spending time on the outdoors whether on a beach or in the woods can feel wonderful.

 

3.) Using Nature as Metaphor

The art and use of metaphor is to assist us in truly reflecting and seeing our selves more clearly and accurately. Nature displays this perfectly if we only observe and take note.

If what is true is repressed, it will bubble up from deep effecting everything in it’s path. Volcanoes stand as an omen for change being forced if you will not flow, to a difference in perspective or shift in awareness that results when what we live isn’t supporting the essence of what is really true

 

 

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