ecological self

(Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 1

Well….it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted content on my blog! Much too long, actually. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts and feelings, my insights and intuitions, with you. But, I’m back at it! I hope to be posting more regularly once again. The next three posts will present sections of a paper I wrote recently Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 1[…]

nature

We are all kin.

At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of seasons. ~Carl G. Jung The rapid development of science and technology over Read more about We are all kin.[…]

psyche

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[…]

healing

A Telling Tale

“We have severed our connection to the very source of life, and as a result we are possessed by an ever-growing hunger that we try to fill by consuming more and more, in the process destroying the very fabric of life that sustains us” ~Larry Robinson Recently, I started to re-read the wonderful anthology, Ecotherapy: Healing Read more about A Telling Tale[…]

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[…]

(Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption

The holidays season is in full swing! And for the most part, it has been a nice change of pace for my family and I. Over the past week or so, we (my wife, two young children, and I) have had the opportunity to spend extra time together and have made many meaningful family memories. There Read more about (Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3

This is the third installment of a 3-part series on the topic of ecopsychology. In the first post, I introduced the idea of ecopsychology and explained what it entails. In the second post, I illustrated why it is important for environmentalists to draw on ecopsychological ideas in their work. In this third and final post, I Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3[…]

Globalization and the Human Soul

In many ways, thanks to globalization, the world is a lot smaller than it was 50 years ago. And, it continues to shrink. As noted by Norton (2014):  “Today we can move our goods and ourselves from one place to another much more rapidly than ever before, while ideas and capital can travel anywhere in Read more about Globalization and the Human Soul[…]

Religion: Conflict or Compassion?

This coming fall semester, I am excited to be teaching my first university-level course: Introduction to Cultural Geography, at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. As I go about preparing my lectures for the course, I am finding one particular chapter from the textbook, Geographies of Identity and Difference, to be engaging, yet, at the same time, quite limiting (and, Read more about Religion: Conflict or Compassion?[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1

Set aside the learned ways of perceiving the world as dead matter for your use and see if you can recover again your actual perception of the world as a community of beings to whom you are meaningfully related – Erazim Kohák Some of my most meaningful childhood memories stem from experiences that I had while Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1[…]