The Vibrant Moment – Remember: Love Mother Earth
Tools from the Center for New Psychology
Publisher: Doris Jeanette, Holistic Psychology Mentor, Coach
What are your feelings toward Mother Earth?
How intimate are you with her?
We have a U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, to thank for raising the consciousness of Americans about their relationship to Mother Earth. Gaylord’s continued environmental efforts finally paid off in 1970, when his nationwide protest called National Earth Day, received amazing support. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets and parks willing to stand up for Mother Earth.
Since I grew up on a self-sustaining, 300 acre farm in North Carolina, I was not aware that so many Americans were disconnected from nature. Therefore, I did not realize how important Earth Day was until five years later when I ended up in Center City, Philadelphia surrounded by anxious people rushing to and from work every day.
The anxious people that came to my office to receive Relaxation Therapy and Assertiveness Training slowed down. I taught men and women how to stop rushing to and from their work so their blood pressure could return to normal. The clients who received the most positive results, were the ones who learned to relax their physical body and feel their emotional feelings.
The more I researched what worked and what did not work in terms of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, the more I realized how disconnected most humans were from their own physical body. Everyone was in their head, thinking.
Therefore, my goal as a clinical psychologist and sex therapist became clear: getting people out of their heads into their body. That was when my new holistic psychology approach began to really take off. I began to work in nature, exploring more effective ways of helping people. I did my first Nature Workshop in 1984.
It is a fact that people are more relaxed in nature. The only exception is someone with a history of abuse that is associated with nature. Forest, river or beach scenes are always picked as relaxing, by both men and women. I began to understand how essential a physical connection to Mother Earth is for humans.
Some traditional psychologists understand that it is unhealthy for a child to be disconnected physically from his mother. This is called “Attachment.” Without a healthy attachment to your mother, you cannot grow into an emotionally mature person who can connect and be close to other people. Without a healthy attachment to some loving adult, you have trouble with relationships, intimacy, love making and self-esteem.
Therefore, I can say, with absolute certainty, that any type of mental health problem is the direct result of being disconnected. To feel emotionally secure, you must have a physical connection with your human mother or some other loving person. To feel physically secure, you must have a physical connection to Mother Earth.
Being disconnected causes mental, emotional and physical health problems. An attachment problem can be overcome by learning how to connect with Mother Earth. Holistic health can be achieved as an adult–no matter what was lacking in your past learning history.
Come meet me April 27, at Core Creek Park’s Free Earth Day Celebration In Langhorne, PA, just north of Philadelphia. From 11:15 till noon, I will be conducting a free relaxation workshop with Earth lovers. For more about this free relaxation workshop visit: http://www.drjeanette.com/earthday.html
GET CLOSE TO MOTHER EARTH: Attend the spring Nature Workshop in Cape May, NJ, Saturday, May 4. Enjoy fun body exercises made to connect you with your body and Mother Earth. Get real live practice feeling emotionally safe and physically secure. As a Vibrant Moment reader, sign up early and get a discount off the $200.00 fee. Limited to 12 men and women.
Read more and sign up:
Sign up before April 15 for $175.00.
To get the $25.00 discount you must mail a check to:
503 S. 21 St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
VIRTUAL GROUP RELAXATION THERAPY. Join a small group on Skype once a month for four months. I will help you fine tune your relaxation response so you can sense and feel more color. The group will take place on the first Wednesday night of each month beginning at 6:30 PM, ET, in May. Cost will be $149.00 for four-hour sessions, limited to six people. Email me about your interest. Group times and dates can be changed if members need them changed due to prior commitments.