One of the ground stones of ecopsychological practice is understanding the connection between our own wounding and the wounding in nature. How does the grief felt for loss of biodiversity or environmental devastation mirror the grief or trauma we may have experienced in our own lives? Joanne Saleeba writes on natures wounds in her article Wounding in Nature.
more about natures wounds and the connection between our own wounding
and the wounding in nature, read a short but moving story written by a
first year undergraduate new to ecopsychology, Karen West. Through her
reflection Living in Cages, she illustrates
the truth of the proposition that what we are concerned about tends to
mirror what we struggle with inside. This truth helps to highlight that
we are nature; and that the rest of natures suffering touches us
somewhere. Recognising these connections and working in the field with
them shows us that connection is a pathway to sustainable activism for
the earth and for ourselves.
Asthma is affecting more and more people in our modern society, particularly children. Cinnamon Evans looks at her own asthma and recovery through an unexpected link with trees and sadness in Breathe.