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Beyond Undoing

Beyond Undoing Why then have to be human? Oh, not because happiness exists nor even out of curiosity, but because being here means so much, because everything here, vanishing too quickly seems to need us, and strangely keeps calling to us. To have been here once, completely, even if only once, to have been at Read more about Beyond Undoing[…]

(Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 3

This is the final post in a three part series entitled: (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography. The first installment can be found here, the second, here.    (Re)membering My Many Parts I was compelled by my discovery of ecopsychology to re-connect with nature so that I could test Roszak’s ideas for myself. Fortunately, though I Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 3[…]

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An Ecological Self – Part 2 (for the children)

…I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation privileged to refuse our flowering…. ~David Whyte, from “The Sun” In the first post of this series, I introduced the concept of the ecological self and argued that its formation is Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 2 (for the children)[…]

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An Ecological Self – Part 1

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world (Rilke, 1996, p. 48) As noted by psychologist Anita Barrows (1995), most contemporary theories of human development, focus on the growth of the child’s psyche in relation to other people, the coming of the child into human society: learning its signs, its Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 1[…]

The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis

If we will have the wisdom to survive/to stand like slow growing trees/on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it/then a long time after we are dead/the lives our lives prepare/will live here. ~Wendell Berry It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear scope of our environmental crisis. It seems that daily I am bombarded Read more about The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis[…]

Our Natural Homes

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of interviewing undergraduate students at McMaster University (in Hamilton, ON, Canada) about their relationship with their favourite natural places. One theme that seems to come up again and again during interviews is a strong desire held by students to escape from society (at least periodically–and, often, not frequently Read more about Our Natural Homes[…]