Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote
The word “spiritual” comes from the Latin spiritus, which means, “breath.” So originally, that which was spiritual was simply that which was breathtaking. From this perspective a spiritual experience is an awe-inspiring experience. People of all religions…or none…can experience such awe-inspiring events in nature. Ecospirituality can be spiritual without being religious. Those breathtaking moments for me most often occur when I have made some sort of connection to nature. Ecospirituality is the process of seeking wonder and awe in those moments in natural environments. The Ecospirituality Program is available for use at any organization that teaches principles of ecology and/or mental and spiritual health. If you are interested in presenting the program at your organization, training is available for facilitators at www.mindfulecotherapy.org.If your organization would like to implement the Ecospirituality Program, Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt also offers facilitated live instruction and consultation on the program, as well as volume discounts on copies of the Ecospirituality Workbook.Learn more at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center’s website at www.mindfulecotherapy.org.
by Charlton Hall, LMFT/S, RPT-S
Publication Date:Apr 26 2017
ISBN/EAN 13:1546330836 / 9781546330837
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Think about the last time you were stressed out or depressed about something. Hold that thought in your mind and ask yourself, “Was the stress due to something that happened in the past? Was it about something that may or may not happen in the future? How much of what I was anxious about has to do with right now, at this very moment, as I read this sentence?”
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening right now, in this moment.
By focusing on our experiences in the now, from moment to moment, we come to realize that we are free to choose which thoughts and feelings to pay attention to, and which thoughts and feelings not to focus on. This doesn’t mean that we’re trying to stop thinking or feeling. It means that we’re just making a conscious choice on how much attention to focus on those thoughts or feelings.
The past only exists in our memories. The future is only a projection of the past. Anxiety about future events is the result of playing the odds based on past experiences and expecting similar occurrences to happen in the future. Mindfulness is a way of using the present moment to choose what to believe about the past and the future. We can choose which memories to pay attention to, and which projections about the future to focus our attention on. Mindfulness isn’t about trying to make anxious or depressing thoughts and feelings go away. It is about choosing whether or not to dwell on such thoughts and feelings.
This workbook will introduce you to some of the skills and techniques of mindfulness. Designed to be completed on your own at home, it contains exercises that will help you to live a more mindful existence.
This Facilitator Manual contains the complete text of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook plus additional material on how to facilitate each session of the program. The Facilitator Manual also includes information on running a successful group, and the stages of group change and group dynamics. This manual is designed to help facilitators of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program successfully implement a workshop series. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy workshop series teaches you the 12 skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) by introducing one of these skills at each of the 12 sessions in the program. The experiential nature of the work allows anyone with access to outdoor spaces the opportunity to complete the series on their own. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook allows you to embrace the healing power of nature in an experiential way.
This workbook introduces the 12 skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) and introduces one of these skills at each of the 12 sessions in the program. Although this book is designed to accompany the 12-week Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy workshop series, it may also be completed on your own at home. The experiential nature of the work allows anyone with access to outdoor spaces the opportunity to complete the series. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy allows you to embrace the healing power of nature in an experiential way.
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The marriage of nature and therapy
By M. Neumanon March 31, 2016
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“As a therapist and outdoor enthusiast I have always dreamed of combining the two. Finally a resource I can use to develop a nature/forest therapy curriculum. I love the book, the author’s writing style, and the resources on his website.”
The Mindful Mood Management FACILITATOR MANUAL is for Facilitators of the 12-Week Mindful Mood Management Program. The Mindful Mood Management Workbook was created to be a companion piece to the Mindful Mood Management Program. It contains 12 sessions of material, plus a chapter overview of the program, several assessments, and dozens of worksheets to be used in class. This Mindful Mood Management FACILITATOR MANUAL contains the complete text of the Mindful Mood Management Workbook, plus facilitator tips and format suggestions for each session of the program.
About the Author
Charlton Hall is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in South Carolina. He is trained in Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), LGBT-Q Issues in the Family, Ecopsychology, and Mindfulness. Hall is also a board-approved provider of continuing education courses in South Carolina (Permanent Sponsor #495). His area of research and interest is using Mindfulness and Ecopsychology to facilitate acceptance and change strategies within a family systemic framework, and he has presented research at several conferences and seminars on this and other topics. He also facilitates workshops on Mindfulness, Family Therapy and Ecopsychology throughout the Southeast. He is the author of Starting a Family Therapy Business and The Mindful Ecotherapy Handbook.
The Mindful Mood Management Workbook helps those with anger problems, and other issues with strong emotions, to be able to successfully regulate overpowering emotions. Why ‘Mood Management’ and not ‘Anger Management’? Anger is often a secondary emotion that masks a primary, deeper emotion. Rather than expressing the underlying emotion, we tend to express the ‘safer’ anger. Managing anger puts the focus on the secondary emotion without addressing the underlying cause. The Mindful Mood Management Workbook contains 12 chapters of material on managing mood through mindfulness.
Green Circles offers a unique perspective on green living by observing environmentally friendly living throughout the human life cycle. Starting with natural childbirth, finishing with green burial, and examining all phases of life in-between, Hall offers tips and suggestions to help each of us live a greener lifestyle.
Chuck Hall has been an environmentalist and writer on sustainability and environmental topics since the late 1970s. His column, The Culture Artist, was carried by over eighty newspapers worldwide. He stopped writing it when he became a Marriage and Family Therapist. He is also a Sustainability Consultant in the Southwestern United States. Hall has presented research on the topics of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology at several university conferences, and conducts workshops in Mindfulness and Sustainable Living on a regular basis. He currently lives with his wife and family in the foothills of the Appalachians, in Upstate South Carolina.