Start paying attention
The difference between me and you (or anything, for that matter)
is the thought that creates that reality.
I need to be radical in my love, my thoughts, my actions, my acceptance and surrender – to get to the root,
the seat of life and growth, which is the seat of quintessence.
That’s where i want to be.
[What I’ve learned has been] both extremely helpful and devastating:
How unconscious most humans are, but that it can change!
I uncovered some of my own self-defenses that keep me from action.
The application of psychoanalytical theories to understand the great complexity of our environmental situation.
I developed more clarity and compassion, for myself and others
Context for the madness
A lot less anger
At once, I feel the urgency to act and the need to be patient and not act forcefully
To learn to live with and through the earth, not just on her
Gratitude that I owe to my family
Humans’ connection with nature
A sense of oneness
Enmeshment within the natural world
Being an integral part of the macro interdependent-system that feels itself, knows itself, and heals itself
This has forever changed my life
I look at all that is around me a little differently now.
Knowing it is all of the earth, and perhaps more importantly that it will go back to the earth, changes the way I operate in my days.
This sense was deepened and became more embodied
An exchange in breath: as the plant was breathing out, I was breathing in
Increase my awareness and widen my perception
Eventually feeling the reciprocal awareness of nature
How incredible these realizations have been for me.
Awakening has been the most beautiful process I’ve ever endured.
Thank you Earth!
Never ending story
These are the truths that have become my mantras from being absorbed in ecopsychological concepts.
These are incredible supports that I rely on when feeling distressed, confused, and at times, hopeless.
I will continue to live mindfully in respect to nature.
Being conscious about what I purchase, what I waste, how and what I eat etc.
“No matter how big you get, don’t forget to take out your own trash.”
So grateful to walk this path with you
and share what I can with whoever will listen.
A challenging(!), engaging, deepening, fulfilling and respectful round of studies
I’m so grateful to be receiving wisdom
Like candy for my soul.
I bow out to a transformative journey
I and the moon bow in thanks
Your wisdom and beautiful hearts
These words are from first-year students’ final self-reflections on their learning in my Ecopsychology class, part of Naropa University’s M.A. program in Ecopsychology, early December 2015
collated into a poem by professor Tina Fields
I composed this as a gift back to them, a lens on what happens in this program, and a reflection for teachers to turn to when times at work get rough. To help us remember that what we do matters.
Students whose words are in here: Katie Poinier, Thompson Bishop, Melanie Gajewski, Colleen Kirkpatrick, Karen Delahunty, Lauren Mangion, Anne Gordon, Sierra Robinson, Erika Dearen, Bekah Turner, Tessa Stuart and Jakob Ledbetter.
I am extraordinarily fortunate as a teacher, so often getting to feel awe at the depth of my students’ thoughtful engagement with their learning, their passionate desire to care for the planet, and most of all, their souls.