By Caroline Brazier
Glossy lifestyles cuts us off from our roots. Our city lives, frequently choked with job and anxieties, can consider missing in these very issues which floor us and believe enjoyable. whilst, our behaviour as a species threatens to smash the planet on which we are living. Reconnecting with the wildlife, nevertheless, might be deeply reworking, either psychologically and spiritually. As we begin to evoke to the wear and tear which our disconnection from nature is doing either to ourselves and to the environment, we get up to a brand new courting based on knowing and religious fact. during this context, therapists are trying to find how you can paintings which at once rebuild our reference to nature. this crucial publication offers an method of operating with the surroundings which embraces the healing and the non secular, supplying a version of operating that's sympathetic and inventive. providing either theoretical realizing and sections describing experiential paintings, it's going to entice either the...
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Thus we travel between bases in the centres of two countries, central England and central France. We centre ourselves and our practice. In England, we, that being the Amida community, run training programmes in Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy. We refer to our work as Other-Centred Approach. Ours is a well established programme, having run in this form for more than fifteen years, and a further fifteen before that without its Buddhist underpinnings overtly displayed. I often teach with David, my former husband, but this eco-therapy week I am working with Sundari.
Often both aspects of the work unfold alongside one another, for, in meeting the natural world, we may become more aware both of our interpretations and also of how these are disrupted by the reality of what we are experiencing. Most importantly, we allow the environment to speak to us. Conditioned view People often have preconceptions about the natural world. They may have fears and resistances to wild spaces or romantic notions about living in harmony with nature, and these may become apparent before a group has even started work.
We can practise walking with awareness. We can feel our contact with the floor as it changes its quality within each step. The movement of the foot, the engagement of heel and toe, toe and heel. We can place each step gently, consciously on the earth, sensing the particulars of each place on which it rests, the contours, the resistance. We can feel the soft, springy grass, the prominence of a stump of blackthorn cut close to the ground, the hard surface of stone cobbles or the uneven turf of the field.