Looking back: Who read what in 2019?

January is the perfect time to look back on the year that’s gone and forward to what’s planned for the months ahead. It’s looking good as the statistics suggest that the most popular topics of 2019 are exactly the ones I’ll be taking forward this year. Let’s take a look!

The top five posts from 2019 have a common theme: They’re all related to embodied ecology. It’s not what you know … from September was my most popular post from 2019 and offers a clear explanation of why embodied knowing is so fundamental to embodied ecology.

Second is Glen Mazis & David Abram discuss embodied ecology from June. This post is about an interview I did with two of my favorite thinkers for the Embodiment Conference in 2018. We explored the terrain of embodied ecology, touching on animism, deep ecology, sensuality, language and nature connection.

The Embodied Pathways of Connection – third most popular – came immediately after the Mazis & Abram post. It introduced the Embodied Pathways of Connection (EPOC) for the first time and I’m delighted that it’s been so well received. I think the EPOC offer the best route to positive change and they form the foundation of my vision of embodied ecology.

The Embodied Pathways of Connection in Therapy was the fourth most poplar and was posted immediately after the previous two. These three posts work really well together, gradually unpacking some of the core themes of embodied ecology, the EPOC and therapy.

Maori sculpture in Aotearoa

Maori sculpture. Aotearoa.

The fifth most popular post in 2019 was a ‘golden oldie’ from July, 2011: The threshold brook. This is actually one of my most posts popular ever, so there’s something about it. My guess is that many people relate to the idea of a special place that can reveal our “sacred relationship with the world”.

Embodied Ecology: A Relational Vision (December 2018) is another of the five most popular posts ever, with Nature connection: Core routines from April 2011 as overall winner. Given the growing impact of the climate crisis, it’s perhaps unsurprising that nature connection, embodied ecology and the EPOC emerge as the most popular themes of 2019. In 2020 I’m taking all this forward: there’s another Embodiment Conference this year and the embodied ecology thread will be central. I’m now writing regularly on nature connection for The Hourglass newspaper, and working on a book about the Embodied Pathways of Connection. More about all that – my 2020 vision – as the year unfolds.

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