Ecopsychology for Helping Professionals: Natural Healing for Healers with Chronic Illness
Healing is optimal when we follow the natural rhythms of our lives, our environments and our bodies. And that is what Ecopsychology is all about.
We can learn so much about life and growth by observing nature ~ the seasons and the cycles. And we can tap into that divine wisdom when we connect more deeply with nature and spend time there.
Breathe in the air. Walk barefoot in the grass. Feel the wind in your hair. Hug a tree if you like.
Nature demonstrates ultimate patience with the process. Nothing is forced. Nothing can be controlled. As human beings, we often try to predict and manage our environment ~ looking at weather reports, fretting about inclement weather, lamenting the stuff we don’t enjoy. It can often be one of the first topics of conversation when we connect with others.
But no matter what, if it’s going to rain, you hope you have your umbrella. Nothing we can do about it.
And our own growth and evolution and healing is much like that. We can do things that support our wellbeing and yet, there is an invisible and intangible process that requires patience and trust.
To everything there is a season.
Finding Your Personal Rhythm
If we honor what nature teaches us, we come to learn how to listen more carefully to our inner wisdom and the natural cycles of our being. We eat when we are hungry, rest when we are tired, work when there are things to be done, play when we need rejuvenation, laugh when we are joyful and cry when we are sad.
To move in harmony with the needs of our physical bodies and the desires of our souls is what we are meant to do. We have all the information we need contained within our natural existence.
Ecopsychology reinforces this perspective and allows us to capture this internal guidance and wisdom that is available to us to make “sense” out of what we are experiencing.
We become better equipped to sense on deeper levels what it is we need in each moment.
This is an invaluable gift for anyone who is drawn to practices that connect one with nature. And extremely precious for those of us who identify as Service Providers. We are often so intent on determining and responding to the needs of those around us that we become somewhat disconnected from our personal nature and the rhythms of our own hearts.
This is key to developing practical self-care plans as well as tuning into the deeper soul wisdom that can guide your experience as a Service Provider and enhance the quality of your interactions with others.
Honoring your personal rhythm puts you in better touch with your intuitive guidance, your creative energy and your natural capacity for personal health. All the wisdom you need is contained within.
I am excited to welcome my guest, Lanie Smith, to Serving Consciously on Friday April 27, 2018 at 12pm PST. Simply go to www.ctrnetwork.com and click on Listen Live to tune in.
Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR of www.laniesmithcoaching.com provides support and guidance to helpers and healers who want to nurture their own health with self-care as a lifestyle so they can enjoy their lives and step into their power with less stress, more ease, and natural creative flow. She founded her first business in 2013, which was a therapy practice and now has multiple clinicians after working through her own vicarious trauma, burnout and health challenges following research abroad under the National Institute of Health.
Lanie got her Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt University in Brooklyn, NY and has been featured on numerous occasions on Psych Central as well as Goodtherapy.org and Therapy Chat Podcast along with others on topics such as creative self care, EcoArt, compassion fatigue, and burnout prevention.
She loves action painting, hand-making cards, and believes nature is medicine.
You can download Lanie’s EcoArt Wellness 5 Step Burnout Prevention Guide here.
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