Reconnecting With Nature: Finding wellness through restoring your bond with the Earth by Michael J. Cohen
Most of us have been conditioned to ignore more than fifty natural sensitivities that connect us with nature's beauty, health, and regenerative ways. This omission underlies our unhealthy stress and disorders. The Organic Psychology chapters and activities in Reconnecting With Nature help our fifty-three senses embrace natural systems. The systems, in turn, compost and transform industrial society's pollution of our mind and body into personal, environmental, and spiritual well-being.
Michael J. Cohen has been living, learning, and teaching in the outdoors for more than fifty years. He has founded environmental degree programs with the Lesley College Graduate School and the Institute of Global Education. He currently directs Project NatureConnect, a workshop and Internet program for socially responsible environmental education.
Table of Contents
Introduction 12 Why Think Like Nature? Experience the Best Teacher-Nature 18 The Thinking Revolution 20 Nature's Maverick Genius 24 Thinking As If Nature Mattered 30 Reconnecting With Natural Senses How Nature Works: The Intelligence of Natural Senses 38 The Powers of Natural Senses 54 Replenishing Earth and its People: The RWN Factor 66 Reconnecting With Nature 70 People and Nature as Community 76 Elements of Applied Ecopsychology Educating and Counseling With Nature: The Greening of Psychotherapy 92 The Green/Orange to Green/Green Formula 102 Disconnection and the Tropicmakers 114 The Psychology of Nature Negatives 126 The Natural History of Personality 138 Reconnecting With Nature in Action Outcomes 152 The RWN Activist Speaks His Peace 166 Self, Meet Yourself 180 A Chapter of Your Life 188 Appendices Transitioning to Nature-Centered Thinking 192 A Case History of RWN 198 An Ecology of Spirit 212 Well Mind, Well Earth 224 Updates 226 References and Bibliography 236 About the Author 239 Environmental Impact Statement 240