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Ecopsychology: A Reminder to Balance

With the onset of the needed and welcomed green movement, we are finally coming to the realization that we cannot continue to live in a man-made state of perpetual convenience at the expense of the environment.

The field of ecopsychology reminds us that our mental health is on the same plane as our outer surroundings, and they are both in need of balance.

One of the fundamental premises of ecopsychology is the unison of the state of mind with the environment.

According to this school of thought, many ecological issues in the world can be traced back to our unhinging behavior which separates us from living holistically.

There is a homeostatic relationship between people and the earth, and skimping on internal wellbeing can lend to an off balance external landscape, too. If we can’t connect to our inner as well as outer worlds we grow further from appreciating and understanding them, and therefore the natural equilibrium is off.

In nearly all cultures there exists the story of the perplexing nature of humans and their interactions with the world. One theory that is in the same vein as ecopsychology has been termed the Gaia Theory.

This hypothesis states that the earth is an all-inclusive dynamic structure and that man does not just exist on the planet, but is an actual fragment of it, as are all its living inhabitants.

Thinking it over it sounds simple – take care of yourself and you will be able to best care for your surroundings.

However, the daily grind can often overcome us, and it is helpful to remember our natural foundation and need for balance. Ecopsychology comes into play by reminding us of the twofold relationship between ourselves and the planet.

While it can seem the focus on becoming a more industrialized, expedient and modernly accessible civilization takes precedence, sometimes we also need to be reminded that to move forward as a sustainable society we must also move in accordance with our innate interconnectedness.

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