personal, social and environmental wellness; celebrate Mothers
Day as part of Mother's day
AN EDUCATIONAL WAY
TO HONOR YOUR
MOTHER AND MOTHERHOOD,
A WAY THAT IMPROVES
THE WELLNESS OF PEOPLE
AND MOTHER NATURE,
Mother's Day Activities for Therapist, Healers, Teachers, Parents
and their clients/students/children.
year long as a supportive gift for Mothers Day, Valentines Day,
Earth Day, Christmas and most other occasions.
Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
- George Cooper
MOTHER'S DAY FACTS ABOUT OUR
The percentage of our lifetime
that mother nature tries to nurture and heal us physically and
emotionally, as she does all of nature.
The average percentage of a
contemporary citizen's lifetime that is spent indoors, separated
from the supportive beauty, wholeness and recuperative powers
of mother nature:
The average percentage of a
contemporary citizen's thinking that is not connected to and
in tune with mother nature:
On average, the number of hours
in our lifetime that our thinking is in tune with mother nature.
The estimated percentage of
the U.S. population who have had at least one obeneficial or
good experience in nature
The percentage of people who
think we are part of nature and that the extreme separation of
our mentality from nature produces stressful thoughts and feelings
in our psyche that lead to disorders.
The percentage who do not use
nature-connected sensory activities to help them increase personal
and environmental wellness.
The percentage of the 1% who
engaged in nature-connecting methods and materials and found
that they helped them improve their health and/or life. (Visit
this study later).
MOTHERHOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND
Organic Psychologists note
that we suffer many troubles because our excessively nature-separated
lives bewilder us, (Be-wilder meaning: detrimentally
separate our mentality from the natural wilderness values of
To our loss, in our bewilderment,
on Mother's Day we honor our human
mother but we seldom honor mother nature. Our excessively nature-disconnected
mentality fails to register that a mother is an energy
that has produced or nurtured anything, a star, a shell or bird;
a mother is the source of birth or origin; a generatrix.
We have been trained to overlook
that nature perfectly fits the above description, that mother
nature is fact, not fiction.
From Mother Nature is born
the web of life, the womb where she nurtures all things because
they are her children.
--The Web of
Children are the sum of
what mothers contribute to their lives.
The Earth is part of my
body. I belong to the land out of which I came. Earth is my mother.
The earth is my mother -
and on her bosom I will repose.
Our religion keeps reminding
us that we aren't just will and thoughts. We're also sand and
wind and thunder and rain and the seasons. All those things.
You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If
you respect yourself, you respect all things.
-- Least Heat Moon
If we want to enjoy the benefits
of being whole rather than suffer the woes of destructive discrimination
against mother earth and motherhood, shouldn't we include honoring
mother nature as part of Mother's Day? Activities, tools and
gifts that make this possible are described
in 2, below.
For this Mother's Day, break
the chains of your nature-separated thinking. Celebrate, use
and give the gifts of mother nature to your human mother for
Mother's Day. Note that people(s) genuinely connected to nature
seldom display our troubles and often, like a good mother, help
us reduce them.
A MOTHER'S DAY QUEST:
On this Mother's Day it is
imperative that we honor both our human mother and our more than
human mother nature, for as Stephen Jay Gould has noted:
We cannot win this battle
to save species and environments without forging an emotional
bond between ourselves and (mother) nature as well - for we will
not fight to save what we do not love.
As described below, on this
Mother's Day we must take into account the cumulative results
of our disconnected insensitivity to mother nature and act accordingly
on behalf of all mothers and children, no matter their species.
Mother's Day, May
Studies by UN scientists
show levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have jumped
abruptly, raising fears that global warming may be accelerating
out of control. Global warming may be the biggest long-term threat
to life on Earth. Rising temperatures can drive thousands of
species to extinction, trigger more frequent floods or droughts,
and sink low-lying islands by raising sea levels.
A point source
that causes global warming is the desensitization of contemporary
thinking to mother nature and her welfare. Global warming
is not normal to the natural systems that flow through people
Mother's Day, May 9, 2004:
Marine "dead zones" are on the increase posing as sinister a development as
any in the list of things going wrong with the planet. These
oxygen-starved areas of the oceans are devoid of fish and are
one of the greatest environmental problems facing the world,
warn UN scientists.
A point source
that causes marine dead zones is the desensitization of contemporary
thinking to mother nature and her welfare. Marine dead zones
are not normal to the natural systems that flow through people
Mother's Day, May 9, 2004:
U. S. Surgeon General
Mental Health Report, 2000:
Data developed by the massive Global Burden of Disease study
conducted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and
Harvard University, reveals that mental illness* ranks second in the burden of disease in established market economies such
as the United States.
A point source
that causes mental illness and emotional disorders is the desensitization
of contemporary thinking to mother nature and her welfare.
Mental/emotional dysfunctions are not normal to the natural systems
that flow through people and Earth.
On this Mother's Day, let us recognize that the mutually
supportive regenerative relationship between mother nature and
our psyche is well known.
"The human need for nature
is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment
but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional,
cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development."
- Edward O. Wilson
Harvard University Pullitzer Prize Recipient (To an American
Psychological Assocation National Convention)
"It is quite clear to
me after several years in the environmental movement that all
physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution
of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination
of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's
Founder: the United Nations Environment Program
Co-Chair: U.N. Commission on Global Governance
must be to free ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of
nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
"We have repressed far
more than our sexuality: our very organic nature is now unconscious
to most of us, most of the time, and we have become shrunken
into two dimensional social or cultural beings, aware of only
five of the hundreds of senses that link us to the rich biological
nature that underlies and nourishes these more symbolic and recent
aspects of ourselves.".
- Norman 0. Brown
Author of Love's Body
mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all
living things, he will never, himself, know peace."
Nobel Prize recipient
"We are dysfunctional
socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated
from the world of nature and the natural."
Vice-President, United States
"Nurture your felt love
for nature. Never deny it. That love is nature's voice, our origins
in nature, the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity
of natural systems sustaining us in their perfection and wellness."
-from The Web of Life Imperative
A MOTHERS DAY HISTORY LESSON:
In 1986 Dr. Michael J. Cohen,
author of The Web of Life Imperative, asked, in his keynote
address to members of the North American Association of Environmental
"Can you proudly stand
up in front of your family, friends and associates and say without
fear or shame that you unequivocally love mother nature or mother
earth? Any discomforts you or I might feel in doing this are
inner signals to us from injured parts of our psyche that destructively
limit our freedom of choice. These bewildered, often hurt
and hidden authorities in our mentality restrict our freedom
to sustain personal, social and environmental wellness. To our
benefit, nature-connecting activites help us reduce these psychological
injuries and fears."
Along with our human mother,
mother nature has nurturing and healing powers. Our psyche is
deprived of these powers due to our excessive separation from
nature. This disconnection contributes to many of our troubles
and our inabililty to resolve them. A great challenge to our
ability to make sense is that our separation from mother nature
leads us to distrust helpful nature-connecting methods and materials.
A MOTHER'S DAY QUESTION:
If a helpful, inexpensive,
tool is discovered that strengthens
mental, personal and environmental wellness, why would a citizen
of industrial society not want to use it and enjoy its benefits,
or give it as a gift for Mother's Day?
(Hint: the process uses methods and materials that
help people's thinking tap into and make genuine sensory connections
with mother nature and her "higher powers."
a moving Mother's Day, move the apostrophe in Mother's one place
to the right and honor all mothers including mother nature.)
2. Environmentally sound, nature-connecting,
therapeutic methods and materials that
you may use and give to appropriately honor and strengthen your
human mother, mother nature and yourself:
counselors, therapists, healers, educators, their clients and
the public to use environmentally sound, nature-connected psychology
and learning tools. These tools help people enjoy the profound
benefits of nature-connected thinking; they help us strengthen
our resiliance and enhance life and wellness in harmony with
our human mother and mother nature.
I. OVERVIEW: a complete Press Release reports the
contributions to environmental and personal health made by Project
NatureConnect's Mother's Day activities.
II. A Mother's
Day Proclamation to the American Psychological Association,
the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Education Association
and similar organizations. You can send it anywhere.
III. Links to free, sensitizing
personal and environmental natural system wellness methods and
A. Read an important relationship with nature article
and other special scientific reports. They show how the nature-detached thinking we have
used for the past century is not able to do the restoration we
need to do now.
and sample chapters of The Web of Life Imperative a self-guiding
organic psychology book containing nature-connecting methods,
materials and activities.
Day Activity Gift a Mother's Day valentine to your human
mother and mother nature. Use it on Valentine's day, and Christmas,
D. Receive and give inspirational
mother nature connecting quotes by email
E. Enjoy the Secrets
of Mother Nature Trail online
F. Learn about or contact a
who helps people make genuine contact with mother nature and
her restorative powers.
IV. Send us your therapeutic
nature experiences for publication and to increase your
V. Sign our Petition
to urge leaders to incorporate nature-connected methods and learning
in their lives and organizations.
and Grant opportunities for people who care about our
relationship with molther nature within and around us.
VII. Learn how to connect with
mother nature from an online introduction to the workings and
benefits of Organic
VIII. Send a written or online message to a friend inviting
them to get involved.
letters sent to world leaders and their responses.
X. Learn about Project
NatureConnect: online books, healing, training and degree programs.
* Mental Illness: It is important to appreciate that mental disorders
leave no aspect of human experience untouched. They include dysfunction
and disorders in: Substance relationships, Moods, Anxiety, Sexual
and gender identity, Eating, Sleep, Impulse-control, Adjustment,
Personality, Alzheimer's, Depression, Anger, Dependency, Attention-deficit
and hyperactivity, Bipolar, Cognitive dysfunction and include
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Somatoforms disorders,
Factitious disorders and Dissociative disorders.
"I think the reason we
fear and reject Mother Earth to be a living organism, "Gaia,"
is because it is the only such organism that we know of and it
would have to be protected under the endangered species act."
- Michael J. Cohen
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