From Ownership to Belonging: Ecopsychological Models of Relationship with the More-than-Human World of Nature
It’s becoming increasingly obvious how our collective behaviors are bringing the living world as we know it to the brink of destruction. Ecopsychology teaches us that understanding the implicit ideas beneath such behaviors can help us shift them. The currently dominant industrial growth society contains several deeply-seated cultural assumptions that have contributed to our shared situation. This lecture unpacks some of these, then offers alternative models of relationship with the more-than-human world of nature that are often found in older cultures worldwide. Inspiring stories will be told, and participants will be given an easy contemplative nature-connection exercise to do at home.
In this lecture, we will learn (3 points):
• Largely unquestioned dominant cultural assumptions that have led to widespread environmentally destructive behaviors
• Three alternative models of human-nature relationship, some held by older cultures across the globe
• An easy contemplative exercise to come into more conscious, joyful, and mutually beneficial relationship with the more-than-human world right outside your door
7 pm EST. 1 hour, plus perhaps a bit more for Q&A. Free!