By Caroline Brazier
Smooth existence cuts us off from our roots. Our city lives, usually choked with job and anxieties, can think missing in these very issues which flooring us and think pleasurable. while, our behaviour as a species threatens to damage the planet on which we are living. Reconnecting with the wildlife, nonetheless, should be deeply remodeling, either psychologically and spiritually. As we commence to rouse to the wear which our disconnection from nature is doing either to ourselves and to our surroundings, we get up to a brand new dating based on figuring out and non secular fact. during this context, therapists are trying to find how one can paintings which without delay rebuild our reference to nature. this crucial booklet offers an method of operating with the surroundings which embraces the healing and the non secular, supplying a version of operating that's sympathetic and artistic. supplying either theoretical knowing and sections describing experiential paintings, it is going to attract either the pro and the
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Buddhists commonly speak of saving all sentient beings. So as we connect to nature, the world becomes our sangha and the creatures who inhabit it become our brothers. They are our spiritual friends, our teachers and our companions. Embraced by their love, we in turn learn to love others. When we take refuge we bow down and touch the earth. Our bodies bend to the ground and rest upon it. The experience of touching the earth is one of letting go. As the body relaxes onto the soil, it feels the ground’s solidity.
11 This embodied reaction is the step in the process whereby the self-based mentality grasps onto or rejects the experience of the senses and thus creates the distortions of experience which bring our experience of the world into line with the self-story. By grasping some experiences and rejecting other experiences, we filter our contact with the world, choosing to identify with those things which support our sense of identity and to reject those which do not. The reaction is immediate, pre-cognitive and visceral, like an amoeba grasping its food or pulling away from unpleasant objects.
This week we are exploring our relationship to the earth. Sundari and I are running a group which focuses on our relationship to the environment as part of the August programme at our retreat centre in France. We begin with a grounding exercise. This is our usual practice during this group, so that as we go forth we walk consciously and silently, using our senses and particularly our feet-sense to tune into the spaces which we walk through. We will look with our feet as well as our eyes and ears.