Connection

I was at the launch of a new ecopsychology anthology last week. Nick Totton, one of the editors, commented that one common theme sang through all the very different chapters; connection.

Book cover of 'Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis'

Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis

Many of my blogs have explored the interconnectedness of things, and it’s clear to me that our currently crisis stems from our cultural forgetting of that fundamental truth. The main task for ecopsychology – as illustrated by Nick’s comment – is to reveal connection.

But becoming aware of our relatedness to the world really isn’t hard. Participants on our recent Nature Connection Workshop Walk commented how the sensory exercises revealed just how connected they were to the world around them. The sense of separateness that characterises much of our everyday awareness shifts to a realisation that we are “corporeally embedded” in a “living landscape” (Abram, 1996). Cognitive neuroscience is beginning to understand how  “organism and environment enfold into each other” (Varela et al., 1991) and I’ve discussed the dance between research and experience in The power of place: Protest site pagans (Harris, 2011).

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