Take a snapshot of your daily life and that picture will almost certainly revolve around technology. Laptops, iPads, smartphones and TV’s are such a part of the fabric of our modern existence, we take it for granted. As this technology becomes more ubiquitous and accessible, we’re being encouraged more and more to hook up, and plug in, whether that’s from employers, the media, or social platforms. This all has a profound impact on the shape of our lives, with many people in urban areas spending over 90% of their time indoors.
There have been many studies over recent years pointing to the potentially harmful effects devices like mobile phones can have on our health. Including supressing melatonin and interfering with a restful night’s sleep. But still, our constant need to keep our finger on the pulse is deeply imbedded into our routine.
In a direct response to our continued journey away from nature, ecotherapy is growing in popularity as a means of encouraging people to tune back into the world we’re a part of. The theory behind ecotherapy is rooted in an ancient understanding of the environment, with us being a part of that, rather than a separate entity.
Unlike many forms of therapy, in practice, ecotherapy focusses on the holistic experience, rather than just a conversation. You might feel a sense of calm from doing the gardening, or going for a walk in the wilderness. This, in its most undiluted sense forms the basis of ecotherapy.
By distancing ourselves from the habit of relying on our minds to guide us, we instead allow our bodies and our instincts to take a more active role, engaging them as the most natural part of our true self. In essence, an experienced therapist will encourage clients in both ecotherapy and mindfulness to concentrate on bringing the focus into the body, and getting back in touch with the world around them.
Ultimately, for anyone interested in the idea of ecotherapy, the path before them is one filled with adventure and discovery. The beauty of it lies in its simplicity, and purity. Although complex issues may be explored, ultimately all a client needs, is a comfortable pair of shoes, and the right guidance from a compassionate counsellor to step into the wild, and begin their own, personal journey.