By Caroline Brazier
Glossy lifestyles cuts us off from our roots. Our city lives, usually choked with job and anxieties, can believe missing in these very issues which floor us and consider pleasurable. while, our behaviour as a species threatens to wreck the planet on which we are living. Reconnecting with the flora and fauna, however, should be deeply reworking, either psychologically and spiritually. As we commence to rouse 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 dating based on figuring out and non secular fact. during this context, therapists are searhing for how one can paintings which without delay rebuild our reference to nature. this significant booklet offers an method of operating with the surroundings which embraces the healing and the non secular, delivering a version of operating that's sympathetic and inventive. delivering either theoretical figuring out and sections describing experiential paintings, it's going to entice either the...
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We have weatherproof clothes to walk on the moors. Breathable jackets keep us free of damp, both inner and outer, letting perspiration out, and keeping rain out too. We have over-trousers and boots with special soles to cushion our feet, woolly hats and expensive, insulated gloves. Sports often seem to need special clothes too these days. We have lycra cycling leggings and wet suits for swimming in the sea, technological running shoes and fashionable outfits for the gym. Sunshine is no better. We avoid the sun by putting on broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses and slapping on sunscreen so that we do not burn.
We can learn to look and listen afresh. The emphasis on embodied experience is also important because the mediation of experience not only takes place through the senses, but also through our reaction to what we perceive. This reaction is embodied. In Buddhist psychology the creation of self is seen as taking place through a cycle of conditioned perception and response. The cycle begins with perception. Our attention is caught by the power of certain objects. This power is basically a function of the object’s ability to condition our sense of self, and it is called rupa.
But travelling light means challenging our assumptions about what is essential. Letting encumbrances go, we become free to experience the natural world as it impacts on us. It will not harm us to get rained on in summer unless we are going to be away from base for a long time. Clothes can be changed and, if the day is not too cold, they will dry on us as we walk. We can enjoy the feel of droplets landing on our skin, the rivulets of water running down our faces, the heaviness of clothes soaking up the rain.