“I know my inherent sensitivities to natural attractions are alive and well because I could enjoyably feel a sense of calm and connectedness to the earth while gardening”. I felt grounded and like an “assistant” to the life force that awakens in other natural beings-especially in the spring time. I thanked the soil, seeds, started plants, water, and the sun for allowing me to be a part of this cycle. After asking for consent to be included, I felt a heightened sense of belonging and camaraderie with all of the organic matter. I thanked all of the earthly bodies and wished them a share of the life force in the weeks to come. My sense of gratitude was bigger and my respect greater for the environment and for the reciprocity of feelings I received.
The statement “Remember, too, that nature exists in the natural systems of people…we are part of nature” was especially inspiring! For me, this is part of the “psych” in ecopsychology-here it translates from relationships with nature to relationships with people (part of nature). It is so helpful for me to remember this when I find myself struggling with my human flaws of judgment. Thank you!
I definitely believe that all beings are part of the web of life, and therefore have to depend on attractions to others to survive -none of us could live without the assistance of others- just like my plants need the water and soil and sun to thrive.
A REACTION: Had the worst panic attack ever after election night, Can there possibly be any question why? But. I counted 63 trees from our apartment steps and since I've restarted the course I've only needed 1/2 my sleeping and anti-anxiety medication. So I'm down to 1/6 what I needed before my Feb. 7, 2005 reenrollment in PNC. Personally I suspect my entire nature-disconnected-conditioned system was serendipitously rebelling last autumn against the election But. This PNC Healing Process is good and I'm back. In better shape than ever.