Welcome to ninelegs thinking: benefit from interdisciplinary
OF GLOBAL EDUCATION
J. Cohen, Ed,D. ©2003
Portland State University Adjunct Faculty
the effectiveness of Counseling, Teaching, Parenting, Therapy,
Healing, Recovery, Self-Help and Complimentary Medicine through new, "nine-legged"
environmentally based self-education.
If you are not thinking
with nine legs, unknowingly you are part of our major disorder
and you feel the erosion of hope.
We cannot solve our most
challenging problems by thinking with the same limited process
that causes them.
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"Anyone who has ever enjoyed a good experience
with nature --backcountry, backyard or with their pet, or with
the wind, sea or stars-- has the power to benefit from this program."
- Michael J. Cohen
Welcome to this important,
no-nonsense, natural psychology and environmental science tool
for cooperative thinking and relationships. This true-to-life,
easily learned and applied, "back to basics" discovery
program comes from the book The Web of Life Imperative.
best results, read through this self-enabling page. Then follow
its links. And then apply its hand-on information to obtain wonderful
personal, social and environmental benefits for yourself and
fun and exciting, I discovered who I am and greater peace of
mind while enhancing my career. Caring people must learn to apply
this equation and help make the world a better place to live."
Leg" Thinking and Relating
A key tool to increasing
the peace of sustainability, friendships and happiness:
Five-Leg creative knowledge
Four-Leg inherent logic and wisdom
Nine-leg thinking and relationships that enhance cooperation
WARNING: This easily applied
equation offers a potent process for reducing disorders and attaining
personal, social and environmental
PURPOSE: This web site helps you deal with
the exploitive authority that prevents you from benefiting from
the wellness, balance and restorative powers of nine-leg thinking.
"Hey, I may be dumb but,
you know, I'm also rich. That is because I'm so dumb that I gamble
all the time and I only make one bet. I bet that a person who
is not using nine-leg thinking to solve a problem is actually
engaged in causing that problem and they don't even know it.
I win that bet every time."
QUESTION: What is so important about nine-leg
ANSWER: Nine-leg thinking is a supportive,
therapeutic key to creating personal happiness through a rewarding
and sustainable future for all people and the planet.
To understand the momentous significance of nine-leg thinking,
consider this intelligence test question regarding mathematical
"If you count a normal
dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?"
"Five," of course,
is the correct answer.
Intelligent people answer "five"
because it is valid in mathematical and scientific reasoning.
Society applauds and economically rewards us for giving correct
mathematical or technological answers. But something is radically
wrong with this answer; something is missing.
Because, somehow, even a dog knows that a dog has four legs (under
Our sense of reason recognizes
five as correct only until we are greeted by our friendly family
dog, or the mean mutt down the street. Five legs only works in
theory. When we experience a real dog, or a wolf, or a centipede,
or any other natural being, many of our inherent natural senses
come into play: our senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture,
language, sound, smell, fear, consciousness, community, trust,
contrast, love, reason and recognition. (A centipede on two legs
would immediately get our attention.)
go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not (5-leg)
fish they are after. As far as the laws of mathematics refer
to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality."
"Men have become the (5-leg) tools of their (5-leg) tools."
No matter how conceptually
clever we are with our five-legged thinking, it is our four-legged
awareness that grounds our experience in the true nature of reality.
That reality knows any normal dog has no more than four legs
and no matter how you look at it, a tail is not one of them.
What is true for determining
the realness of a four legged
dog, is also true for the determining the realness of plants,
minerals and animals including people.
When it comes to supportively
relating in balance to nature and its systems around and within
us, we rarely think in the 9-leg (4-leg plus 5-leg) ways of empirical
thinking. This is because we live extremely indoor, nature-disconnected
lives. Our mentality enjoys very little sensory thinking and
knowing from genuine 4-leg contact with authentic nature. Instead,
we try to make nature wag its leg or scratch its ear with its
We can kill or hurtfully stress
a dog if we make it run too fast or far because we think that
it has five legs. Isn't that what we are doing to ourselves and
the environment? The destructive
results speak for themselves regarding our 5-leg relationships
to the emotional, psychological and biological systems within
and around us.
Five-leg thinking is indoor
conceptualizing. Because our four-legged contact and knowledge
of authentic nature is usually out of sight and mind, it habitually
gets left out of our thinking. We become more and more disconnected
--from the natural world and its natural systems, from our natural
selves and from natural relationship with one another. This bad
habit removes us from nature's grace and purity as well as its
regenerative balancing powers. This great loss is a major source
of our dysfunctions and disorders. (Cohen,
The heart of our big problems
is that we know and treat natural systems within and around us
inappropriately because they incorrectly register in our thinking
"As a mother and counselor
I have been feeling stressed and pressed for time. I have been
juggling time ever since my kids were born. So much of my daily
interactions are around taking care of others, especially their
pain. Or as a parent dealing with mundane tasks or having to
be a disciplinarian.
I walked to sit by a small
pond and was especially attracted to the wind, watching it dance
across the shimmering water. It was playful, joyful, and suddenly
I wanted to make something beautiful. I arranged a broken piece
of birch tree limb, some bark with little lichens, a few acorns
and a pinecone, and created a "thank-you to nature"
gift on a rock beside the pond.
The important message for me
that I took from this experience was how much I need to thank
and revive the playful, joyful, creative parts of myself. I began
making different choices about how to prioritize my time and
where to put my energy. In doing this, some things have fallen
by the wayside at times; a balanced checkbook, an over clean
house, more garden weeds. But am starting to feel better. I have
a lot more energy. I'm more interested in my work and I have
a deeper connection with my husband and kids."
- Project NatureConnect
A lake is the landscape's most
beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking
into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
-Henry David Thoreau
Truth is what
stands the test of experience.
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The source of our five-leg
Our indoor society rewards
and conditions us to know ourselves and our world in a theoretical,
abstract 5-leg way that produces "philosophically correct"
but functionally wrong answers (such as 5-legged dogs) along
with many other troubles. This occurs because:
- Over 95% of our time is spent
indoors closeted from 4-leg nature, from knowing nature through
our natural senses.
- Over 99% of our thinking
is separated from, and out of tune with, the natural environment
and the sensibility of its self-balancing, enjoyable non-polluting
- We habitually think and communicate
with words yet they only abstract reality. For example, the word
tree and an actual thriving tree are entirely different things.
One is an abstract and concept, the other is a living, earth-integrated
organism. It is for this reason, in our nature-separated lives,
most of our 5-leg thoughts, speech, and writing are disconnected
from the happiness found in nature's grace, balance and beauty.
- Approximately 90 percent
of the human brain was designed through the eons to relate to
the world in four-leg ways. Only ten percent of our mentality
knows the world in five-leg ways. (Cohen, 1995). As Thoreau noted:
"We are in danger of forgetting the language which all things
and events speak without metaphor."
- Nature thrives through attraction;
through ways of communicating, relating and knowing that do not
depend on our disconnected conceptual five-leg interpretation.
Nature simply is. And as part of nature, we are born with the
innate four-leg ability to
know and obtain pleasure from nature's wise perfection and restorative
powers. However, much to our loss, we learn to perceive 4-leg
knowledge as being incorrect, subjective, risky, touch-feely,
earth-muffin, fuzzy thinking, environmental childishness.
- Far too often we wield our
frantic, five-leg analytical version of life intent on conquering,
manipulating or exploiting our inherent four-leg ways of knowing
and relating. We relinquish the empirical wisdom and balance
of our natural four-leg abilities to think, feel and enjoy the
wellness abilities of natural systems within ourselves, others
and the environment. We lose our connection to the regenerative
integrity and grace through which nature
works. Our many dysfunctions result.
"I think I get it. I'm
stuck being the foolish way I am because society has torn the
inborn attractions of my body, mind and soul from their nurturing
origins and fulfillment in nature. This has left me so wanting
that I'm vulnerable to obtaining fulfillment from any idea or
technology that comes along, no matter if it makes sense or not,
as long as it makes cents.
SOLVING A CORE PROBLEM.
The five-leg limits of contemporary
thinking produce our greatest disorders. One of these limits
is that, being logical, our five-leg thinking can not tolerate
its awareness of the unreasonable suffering its disconnected
ways cause so it goes into denial
of the problem. It refutes that our and its sensory disconnection
from natural systems within and around us is limiting and produces
disorders. It claims instead, that our mentality is far superior
to that that of other species.
Dealing with this problem consists
of using a distinct nature-reconnecting, 9-leg art and science.
The process enables us to first let nature revive our numbed
natural senses. This heightens our multisensory awareness of
natural systems so that our every relationship, including Green
politics, may connect with and benefit from their regenerative
balance and beauty within and around us and others.
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The Basics of Love
WARNING: Before reading further
please recognize that it is your five-leg thinking that is
doing the reading. It/you may feel ill-at-ease with this
page's critique of how our 5-leg thinking is in denial and how
it omits the way nature's powerful perfection works so successfully.
Most scientists recognize that
just as our arm is attracted, or "loves," to be attached
to our body, all people are biologically, psychologically and
of, part of, and attached to nature. This includes being emotionally
attached or bonded to Mother Nature through our senses, just
as a child is bonded to its parent. We each hold an innate sensory
love of nature's plant, animal and mineral kingdom "resources,"
of sunshine, food, water, soil, air, community, cooperation,
spirit and beauty--in common with each other and all of nature.
The name we give to this potent rewarding love is survival.
"A four-leg experience
put the shock of my unexpected job loss in perspective. The loss
left me extremely drained of energy but in a nearby park, I experienced
both the physical and the mental healing effect of nature. As
I drew near a strand of shade trees, it quite literally reminded
me of being held in my mother's arms as a very young boy. It
was as if the area was saying to me; come to me, let me hold
you so that you can rest. I lay down and fell asleep under those
trees. When I awoke I sensed how each thing around me was connected
to the others for its survival, how we're all part of Nature,
relying on one another. I knew I would be OK even though my job
Change is constant and I'm
not going through it alone. The natural world has been surviving
much longer than I have, so why not learn from it."
"The 9-leg activity helped
me become aware of my attraction to the crescent moon as it hung
over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow glow, framed by
peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient primordial
scene. Timeless power, peace and unity swept me up. I just wanted
to stay in that state of awe, I felt in balance with all of reality.
I was simply "BEING." No tension, no pressing goal,
just truly belonging to the global community. This natural energy
captured my stress laden pulse and seduced it to the rhythms
of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled all my adult life
dissolved in this power. For the first time in decades, I gently
fell asleep after dark and arose shortly after dawn. I celebrated
the breakthrough and I thanked nature. I thanked the nine-leg
activity, too, for it lets me reconnect whenever I choose."
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The extreme disconnection of
our stringently learned five-leg way of thinking from our inherent
4-leg way of knowing, causes serious limitations in the way we
relate to each other and the global ecosystem. It's similar to
putting a lobster in charge of O'Hare International Airport.
progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
What is the
use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it
Because our thinking and psyche
have very little genuine, sensory 4-leg
contact with authentic nature, we desperately need to increase
this conscious contact with natural systems. If we are to become
more thoughtful and act more sensibly we must empirically 9-leg combine
our 4-leg knowledge with our 5-leg reasoning.
The world and its people are
seriously at-risk. It only makes sense for our super-trained
5-leg thinking to see the value and logic of connecting with
4-leg ways of knowing in order to make better sense of our lives
and reduce our troubles. Project NatureConnect is a tool that
teaches us how to recognize 4-leg and 5-leg thinking, and then
how to bring them together and benefit ourselves and the planet
with an empirical 9-leg process and appreciation.
"People who have had a
beneficial experience in nature and do not practice the nine-leg
art and science of strengthening that experience, and thinking
with it, have been socialized
into denying their own truth and its benefits. They and the world
Organic Psychology instructor, MJC
"Even though I'm very
stupid, I'm not very special. Why, any idiot can see the reason
our major problems don't subside. It's because our teachers and
leaders don't resolve conflicts by using the extraordinary unifying
and strengthening powers of nine-leg thinking and relating. I
don't use them because I'm an idiot. What's their excuse?"
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Four-leg connections combined
with our five-leg thinking enable us to have restorative 9-leg
experiences and relationships that help us co-create more harmoniously
healing and renewing powers within and around us.
To this end, Project
NatureConnect offers you, at no cost on line,
1. the unique. easily applied
Equation, eWa = 9L(t+r),*
2. an on line 9-leg learning
Both help you make better sense
of your life, and life on Earth, and reduce
our most challenging troubles --personal and global. As Albert
Einstein noted, "We can't solve problems by using the same
kind of thinking we used when we created them."
"I am going through a
breakup with my partner and am thinking about things that are
most important to me. I am finding a great difference between
my intuitions and my instincts. My instincts, which include my
senses tell me to stay with my partner. I am still so attracted
to Renny in many ways. But the rationale of my inner intuition
tells me that I need to move on. In the natural area I visited,
I was attracted to a group
of trees, and I remembered roaming in the woods before I was
with Renny, and that lost sense of freedom and autonomy.
Focusing on my senses in the
wild allowed me to temporarily be away from my attraction to
Renny. Being connected to the Earth brought many senses to mind
that helped me evaluate my connection to my partner and how it
was serving me.
I think I am getting too "attached"
to Renny. Meaning- my time of learning and growing with my partner
is over, but I cling to the relationship out of a need for connection.
Out of a lack of deep connection with the Earth and people, I
find someone that I can cling to and hold on to. What I discovered
I really need to do is let go and work on building deeper relationships
with people who I am not in love with and be with the Earth.
I find that being connected
with all possible aspects of nature dissolves my addictions and
allows me to be free and think clearly. It teaches the part of
me that attaches to things that have become less sensible to
let go and be free, and to let myself change and grow."
need the tonic of wildness."
"In wildness is the preservation of the
human being is a part of a whole, called by us -universe-, a
part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts
and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of
optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind
of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and
to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be
to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of
compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty."
*Instructions for how to complete, apply and benefit from
this formula are found in the book The
Web of Life Imperative.
Cohen, M.J. 1995, Counseling
and Nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy THE INTERPSYCH
NEWSLETTER volume 2, issue 4 March, 1995. Contains additional
reviewed journal references.
Cohen, M. J. (1993) Integrated
Ecology: The Process of Counseling With Nature. The Humanistic
Psychologist, Vol. 21 No. 3 Washington, DC: American Psychological
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The Nature Of Nine Leg Knowing. How Do
We Belong and Heal?
"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather
Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent.
It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not
a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"
- Theodora Kroeber
"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
- Maurice Strong,
Founder or the United Nations Environment Program,
Co--chair of the Commission on Global Governance,
Because we live in a nature-separated
society, we seldom learn that it is the personal and collective
relationship of our mind with nature that determines our sanity,
our future and the future of the earth. Much has been written
about how we need to help the planet regenerate itself. Too often
we overlook that restoring it is the lasting means to improve
the environment of our mind, our wellness and our destiny.
How conscious are we about
the interactions of our mentality with the natural world? How
do we passionately incorporate nature's intrinsic health and
recuperative powers into our sense of self, other and livelihood?
Do we acknowledge this deep and penetrating partnership in a
renewable path to sustainability that serves people, the environment
These are compelling questions
for us as our society is in denial of our mentality's relationship
with nature and we face a most precarious future.
We Lose What We Most Love
As nature's resources are diminished so is the quality of our
lives as part of nature. As the quality of our lives diminish,
we become desensitized and fearful. We further lose touch with
our natural ability to connect to the web of life within which
we are so intricately bound. It becomes a cycle of loss. The
nurturing link between our human lives and our earthly home gets
broken. We are driven to seek more and more satisfaction in the
material world, which means we consume more and more of the resources
we need to sustain natural world and our inborn love of it. We
get further and further away from our innate sense of meaning
and being. We lose what we most love-about ourselves, the world
to which we belong and our sense of the sacred in everyday life.
Nature's Saving Grace
In these difficult times, we are virtually on the edge of losing
our ability to save both ourselves-and our earthly home. Yet
the saving grace is simple: We will save what we love. And when
we learn how to stop long enough to genuinely reconnect to the
nurturing sustenance of nature, we emotionally reconnect to what
is most deeply satisfying in our human experience-belonging.
We re-learn to love the very essence of who we are as living
breathing perfect beings on a living breathing perfect planet.
It is a generative partnership that happens when we reawaken
and enliven all our senses with the awareness of nature's grace,
intelligence and sustenance. We find and feel that we, too, are
part of the very grace and intelligence we celebrate in nature.
We belong. Because this reconnecting process is often foreign
to contemporary life, an enabling tool has been devised to help
us engage in the process.
Restoring Our Sensory Connections
To Nature's Renewing Powers.
Project NatureConnect, a pioneering process in environmental
psychology and education, has developed an ecopsychology program
that is first of all committed to helping us-as individuals-restore
our connection to our place in nature's transcending grace. Then,
through its sensory nature-connecting, ecotherapy activities,
we learn how to genuinely unite our thinking to the web of life
that is always around us, always nurturing us, always waiting
to help us wake up. We help ourselves bond to living in awareness
and equilibrium with nature, in hope and in love. Living in that
organic awareness we create a lasting future for our loved ones
and for our extended human and ecological family.
The Organic Science of Nature's
Backyard or back country, the idea and goal of Project NatureConnect
is special because it is doable by choice. It offers a web of
possibilities-for everything from personal growth, stress management
and depression recovery to professional gain. It is based on
the NatureConnect work developed by Michael J. Cohen over a span
of 50 years of studying, teaching, writing about and experiencing
the regenerative power of our natural experience in the natural
world. His work is a science and an art, the result of decades
of practice working with communities of people in natural areas,
all culminating in a process that helps us recover what it is
we have forgotten, what it is we love, what it is we can save.
Healing Our Relationships
It is time for us to come out from behind the addictive socializing
and economic forces that keep the environment of our mind disconnected
from the Earth and each other. It is time to re-learn how to
let the wisdom and renewing energies of nature transform our
destructive patterns into balanced and loving relationships that
can help restore both personal worth and global harmony.
innocence and beneficence of Nature-of sun and wind and rain,
of summer and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
- from Janet
Thomas Author, The Battle in Seattle
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Nature's Grace: A Nine-Leg
Equation Provides an Answer to Hopes, Prayers and Dreams.
The lack of finding inner peace,
sustainable economics, trust, social justice and personal and
environmental wellness had alarmed me. I sought and finally found
a tool that transformed my depressing stress and anxiety into
responsible stability. I thought I was stressed because the more
I became aware of the destructive things happening to Earth and
to people and places I loved, including myself, the greater became
my lack of hope and feeling either mad, sad or depression. This
divorced me from both my spirit and partner. I felt anger with
God and beauty, a fear and disrespect of God for letting so much
war, suffering and environmental deterioration occur that I was
powerless to change. In time, I became aware that I was in denial.
I denied that I, like many others, had an addiction to immediate
rewards from my dysfunctions. They robbed me of the resilience
to tolerate what I could not change. In fear, I came upon the
description, on this page, of an amazing equation that combines
the genius of Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau. Lost in
depression, I only paid attention to it because it received super
positive reviews from many conferences, spiritualities and publications
that I respected, especially Psychology Today, Humanistic Psychology
and the Journal of Environmental Education. In retrospect, it
was a love answer from nature's grace and beauty to my hopes,
prayers and dreams.
Mr. Editor, Does writing about
this make sense to you? Isn't it something your readers can benefit
Charles Drew, Acton
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The Equation for Personal Growth and
A Sensory Education and Counseling
Tool Strengthens Holistic Health, Inner Peace and Sustainability
Although we are part of nature,
we are normally educated to spend, on average, over 95 percent
of our time and 99 percent of our lives thinking and feeling
while separated from nature's grace, beauty, and restorative
powers. Our mentality's profound loss of nature divorces us into
apathy through denial. We deny that we are rewarded for fearing
and exploiting, rather than embracing, the supportive ways of
our planetary mother and her kingdoms. We deny that we are psychologically
addicted to nature-disconnected thinking that creates our personal,
social and environmental dysfunctions.
Contemporary society has taught
us to be experts in conquering nature, including the balanced
ways of our natural self and its love of nature. The result:
because we don't protect what we don't love, nature, our collective
sustainability and our personal wellness suffer. To stop this
insanity the Einstein-Thoreau Equation makes readily available
the means to genuinely connect our thinking and feeling to Mother
Nature's recuperative powers, perfection and love of us as her
children. Using the Internet as a learning tool, we tap our psyche
into nature's beautiful sane and balanced web of life that produces
an optimum of diversity and benefits without producing garbage,
a web some people call God (www.ecopsych.com).
Through easily learned, nature-connected
Organic Psychology methods and materials, the Internet makes
it possible for any individual, or 600 million people, to think
in ways that invigorate resiliency and spirit and that reduce
our addictive trespasses, denial and apathy. By genuinely reconnecting
our thinking to natural systems we restore and trust more than
forty-five natural senses that have been numbed out of our consciousness
by our extreme disconnection from nature. The self-improvement
renewal of these senses increases our sensitivity, sensibility
and love energies. This ecopsychology helps unbalanced parts
of our minds and hearts benefit from nature's ability to rejuvenate
and balance itself, including us, for we are part of nature.
We reduce our stress, depression and abusiveness. We transform
our apathy into constructive participation. Backyard to back
country,-we strengthen our life, our organizations and global
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An Equation Helps Us Meet Our Great Challenge
"Our body, mind, spirit
and ability to love come into the world through nature. They
are part of nature's beautiful perfection, wisdom and restorative
powers. However, the extreme disconnection of our thinking from
nature injures these attributes. Like tearing a leg from a live
rabbit, we wound and damage our ability to think clearly. Its
dysfunction deteriorates our wellness, our inner peace and the
Our bonding and denial present
us with great challenges. To replace our lost gratifications
from nature, our socialization rewards our disturbed psyche to
attach or addict to contemporary ways along with their destructive
side effects. Our greatest challenge is that we learn to deny
that the self-improvement means is available to reconnect our
thinking with nature's regenerative powers and thereby co-create
ourselves and the world in a peaceful balance that eliminates
these side effects."
- Michael J. Cohen
Mood Disorders: Are You Suffering from
Denial of Your Separation from Nature?
1. Contemporary society
and its citizens are in denial. We are aware that we are part
of nature and that although we are disconnected from nature,
we deny that this separation bears ill effects upon our physical
or mental health and inner peace. We are also in denial if we
know our separation from nature is producing destructive personal,
social and environmental disorders but we don't use readily available
nature-reconnecting tools to help us treat these disorders.
from nature produces the discomforts of fatigue, apathy, stress,
anxiety, depression, hopelessness, anger, mood swings, mistrust,
loneliness, broken relationships, destructive dependencies and
sleep, eating, learning and attention disorders
2. Because we are members of
a nature-disconnected society in denial, we are psychologically
bonded to our society's ways and we each suffer from and perpetuate
the dysfunctions, insanity and discontents of our society.
3. Many people display mood
disorder symptoms or other discontents that are not normally
found in nature-connected people. These individuals are usually
in denial that they suffer because they are, or have been, excessively
separated from nature and its regenerative healing and restorative
powers. The symptoms these individuals endure include the discomforts
of fatigue, apathy, stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness,
anger, mood swings, mistrust, loneliness, broken relationships,
destructive dependencies and sleep, eating, learning and attention
4. Contemporary society consciously
and subconsciously socializes us to believe that nature is an
enemy to overcome, conquer or develop.
||- We are in denial
that we mistakenly consider it progress and economically sound
to subdue natural systems within and around us and thereby lose
the resilience and immunity provided by the recuperative powers
of these systems.
- We deny that if disconnection from nature produces discontents,
that authentic reconnecting with nature enables nature's renewing
powers to help us transform our discontents into happier, more
reasonable, ways of being and relating.
- We deny that nature-reconnecting tools are readily available
to us and that we that can use them to help ourselves reverse
5. An individual that only addresses their personal dysfunctions
without addressing the nature-disconnected roots of these dysfunctions
too often furthers their and our problems as time passes.
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