To resolve the dichotomy between the civilized and the wild, we must first resolve to be whole.
In today’s world, we find ourselves increasingly plugged in, yet ever more disconnected. At the same time, we are witnessing great changes to the natural world and the impacts they have on us and other species. The effect is a growing sense of alienation, isolation, and disconnection in our lives. Ecotherapy addresses these concerns, and the overwhelming emotions, like grief, guilt, and despair that often accompany them. It builds on the traditional therapeutic relationship and extends it to include another partner—the natural world. Natural environments stimulate the senses and sensory awareness, bringing us “back to our senses,” to the body and to our connection with the present moment. I use Ecotherapy in an approach to mindfulness practice rooted in Buddhist psychotherapeutic principles.
We are all candidates for composting. So we cannot approach the compost heap without a feeling of connection.