Eco Psychology is an emerging discipline which explores the relationship between the human psyche and the ‘natural’ world. At the heart the of Eco-psychology is the belief that human consciousness is intimately connected to nature.
Eco-Psychology provides a holistic and systems-based lens through which to see our personal and human challenges. Once we recognise and remember that we are part of nature and live within naturally dynamic and connected conditions we can apply natural principles of adaptability, creativity, working with edges and patterns to empower ourselves and transform the way we live.
Nature-inspired solutions come from observing nature and our relationship to it so that we can emulate natures time-tested patterns and strategies. By learning how to respond in a natural way we can enhance our ability to adapt to change, relate, communicate, innovate and live creatively.
Using an eco-psychological model can help us realise our potential in many ways; in how we think, act and feel, in how we organise, plan and engage with others. When we live according to the principles of nature, we can minimise problems, develop resilience, generate solutions, make wise choices and navigate uncertainty. In our current turbulent times, such skills are at a premium and are essential to not just our thriving but our survival.
In many respects this is the old wisdom inherent to most indigenous cultures which has been lost during the process of industrialisation, eco-psychology provides a way for humans to remember and reapply this wisdom to the modern world. Working and living according to eco-psychological principles also asks us to rekindle a responsible and reciprocal relationship with the more than human world. As people deepen their relationship to nature, they are often moved by love to care and protect the earth. By living naturally in the world alongside all sentient beings and with the consciousness that we live on an animate earth can enable us to live more peacefully and sustainably.