Monday, September 7, 2009

Therapists for Elders Exchange?

I am currently tackling a book entitled "Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind". It is supremely eye-opening and I highly recommend. Pictured above is how I feel when I'm reading it :)

The book is actually a collection of essays. The authors are therapists and other forms of mental health experts.

An excerpt:
"Ecotherapy, or applied ecopsychology, encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the crucial fact that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and nurtured by healthy interaction with the Earth."

One of the essayists, Andy Fischer, raises a topic which has caught my attention. The idea that we should replace therapists with elders. He was inspired by psychologist and wilderness guide Rhona Trotter. She believes that our society is suffering a great deal because the wise leadership, mentoring and shelter which could be offered by elders is going to waste.

I couldn't agree more with this fact. There are many realms of life which we have been doing backwards for far too long. We need to reinstitute some of the old ways which have gone by the wayside. One of these being, listening to our elders and recognizing that they have a place in our society. A great deal of healing could be found in their wisdom. What's more, I would venture to guess that empowering elders would free up a lot of space in nursing homes all across the country...

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.


Thanks for reading.
COMMENTS Welcome. :)

1 comment:

Jessiegirl said...

Funny and so random- This is a book an eco-feminist professor told me I should read. One of many- she had some great suggestions. :) Just one more reason to check it out. Glad you are liking it and it is opening your MIND!