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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
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Monday Night Owls - 18 November 2019 - Ecotherapy

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,130 Teacher
We read an article about a new alternative field of medicine - ecotherapy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/the-nature-cure/403210/


Vocabulary Top 10:

thwart - to prevent (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening

serenity - calm and peaceful

fledgling - someone or something that is getting started in a new activity

out of hand - very quickly without serious thought

lay off - to stop employing (someone) because there is not enough work

solace - someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is sad, depressed, etc. : a source of comfort

a stretch - a statement, description, etc., that is not strictly true or accurate

vigor - strength, energy, or determination

scribble - to write (something) quickly and in a way that makes it difficult to read

admonitions - a criticism or warning about behavior


Have you heard about this type of therapy before?
Do you think it's a good alternative to other types of treatment?

@Shiny03 @VictorJosé @Alexa @april @filauzio @Manar @Diakha

Comments

  • VictorJoséVictorJosé Posts: 50 ✭✭
    I´ve never heard about the Ecotherapy before but reading this article I made connections with some TV documentaries I watched before. This theme is interesting and I like to learn about that. It makes me sense because humans initially lived in completed harmony with nature, as some of the indigenous tribes still live this today. Human evolution throughout the whole of our history and the recent boom of the technology are putting away more and more the human of nature. For this reason ever that we have the chance to "feeling" nature we seem there is a deep connection on that and like recommended by Smith, we should to listen to birdsong and find a spot in a park and sit for 20 minutes.
    I´m convinced that Ecotherapy could relax and empower me to support the rush of the modern world and the routines of day-by-day.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,072 mod
    edited November 2019
    A long time ago someone adviced me to look at green leaves every day that way I'd have healthy eyes. I did that but I don't think it had helped my eyes a lot. I needed glasses quite early and ageing makes it worst. :D
    Of course, I don't totally reject the magic of the nature as one of the important factors in our lives, but our body and mind just need a lot more than Ecotherapy.
    With all daily news about war violence, bullying, trafic aggression, climate problem, air and earth polution etc etc, I think no soil-holding or park prescriptions could help me from - for example - my anxiety about the suffering of the refugees, about the future of my family and the world.
    An Ecotherapist could prescribe me to dismiss my TV, newspaper or mobile phone so I could ignore that news, but I wouldn't be able to dismiss my knowledge of those bad things. We'd have to go back to the reality every time.
    Ecotherapy is a good help in our daily busy life; to refresh our mind and get new energy, but we shouldn't focus the healing process only on Ecotherapy. If you really ill, physically or mentally and you think that you could recover only by practising Ecotherapy, it could have disastrous consequences.
    Post edited by april on
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,991 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Honestly I don't think it takes a doctor to advise anxious people to get a 20 minutes walk in a park to get better: it seems rather intuitive and pretty banal thing to say.

    Maybe I'm too optimistic though, because there might be cases of people who never experienced strolling in the Nature throughout their lives, I'm aware, especially in big concrete-strewn metropolis.

    I read that in New Delhi they recently started running shops where they offer fresh pure air to breathe from some supplies in order to get some solace from the persistent air pollution, for instance.

    As for me, I couldn't conduct an existence permanently immersed in the motor traffic of a town without getting these relief moments enjoyed in the forest, to breathe fresh air and relax.

    I love taking breaks, especially in the warm Spring, climbing up the low hills surrounding my house.

    There, when I spot a little clearing, I enjoy lying down on the grassy ground, sprawling relaxingly, to make sure most skin's surface is actually in contact with the soil.

    I like to sense The Earth beneath me, its rhythm beating placidly until my hearth beat tunes in with it.

    That's when I sense I'm recharging my energies, I'm plugged in to Mother Earth, absorbing its vital lymph from any tiniest particles of soil.

    No matter whether ants, spiders and other insects start crawling all over me, then, it's just nature and I perfectly belong in it, fit into it: I slowly calm down, relax, sometimes even drift asleep.

    The silence gradually replace all bad thoughts, fill me with positiveness, and nothing else matters to me.

    It's absolutely magic, because the reality also changes before my eyes and into my mind.

    I slowly reconciliate with anything and anyone I have to deal with in my routine; any problems, concerns just turn out to be childish occupations not worthwhile.

    I'm not scary anymore either, I feel reinvigorated and able to reconnect, socialize and even accept any criticism, admonitions or advices I'm given.

    Even to the point to bow to admit the almost unbelievable fact an ecotherapist could ever exist.

    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,304 mod
    @VictorJosé - Here is your correction:-

    I'd never heard about Ecotherapy before, but reading this article made me think about some TV documentaries I have seen. The topic is interesting and I like learning about it. It makes sense to me, because humans initially lived in complete harmony with nature, as some of the indigenous tribes still do today. Human evolution, and the recent boom in technology is pulling us further away from nature. For this reason whenever we have the chance to "feel" nature it seems there is a deep connection to it, and as recommended by Smith, we should try to listen to birdsong and find a spot in a park and sit for 20 minutes.
    I´m convinced that Ecotherapy could relax and empower me to overcome the rush of the modern world and escape the day to day routine.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,304 mod
    edited November 2019
    @april - Here is your correction:-
    A long time ago someone advised me to look at green leaves every day, that way I'd have healthy eyes. I did it but I don't think it has helped my eyes a lot. I needed glasses quite early and ageing makes it worst.
    Of course, I don't totally reject the magic of nature as one of the important factors in our lives, but our body and mind need a lot more than Ecotherapy.
    With all the daily news about war, violence, bullying, road rage, climate problems, air and earth pollution etc etc, I think no soil-holding or park prescriptions could help me from - for example - my anxiety about the suffering of refugees, about the future of my family and the world.
    An Ecotherapist could tell me to ignore my TV, newspaper or mobile phone so I could avoid that kind of news, but I wouldn't be able to forget about these terrible things. We always have to face reality eventually.
    Ecotherapy could be a good thing in our daily life; to refresh our mind and get new energy, but we shouldn't focus the healing process only on Ecotherapy. If you were really ill, physically or mentally and you thought that you could recover simply by practising Ecotherapy, it could have disastrous consequences.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,304 mod
    @filauzio - Here is your correction:-

    Honestly, I don't think it takes a doctor to advise anxious people to take a 20 minutes walk in a park to get better: it seems a rather intuitive and pretty banal thing to say.
    Maybe I'm too cynical though, because there might be cases of people who have never experienced strolling in Nature in their lives, especially in big concrete-strewn metropolis.
    I read that in New Delhi they recently started opening shops where they offer fresh, purified air to breathe from some suppliers in order to get some relief from the persistent air pollution.
    As for me, I couldn't live permanently immersed in the motor traffic of a town without enjoying those moments of relief in the forest, to breathe fresh air and relax. I love taking breaks, especially in the warm spring: climbing the low hills surrounding my house. There, when I spot a little clearing, I enjoy lying down on the grassy earth, sprawling relaxingly, to make sure most of my skin's surface is actually in contact with the soil.
    I like to sense The Earth beneath me, its rhythm beating placidly until my hearth beats in tune with it. That's when I sense I'm recharging my energies, I'm plugged in to Mother Earth, absorbing its vital lymph system from the tiniest particles of soil.
    It doesn't if ants, spiders and other insects start crawling all over me, it's just nature and I belong in it, I fit into it perfectly, I slowly calm down, relax, and sometimes even drift asleep. The silence gradually replaces all negative thoughts, fills me with positivity, and nothing else matters to me. It's absolutely magical, because the reality also changes before my eyes and enters into my mind. I slowly reconcile with anything and anyone I have to deal with in my routine; any problems, concerns just turn out to be childish occupations not worth worrying about.
    I'm not scared anymore either, I feel reinvigorated and able to reconnect, socialize and even accept any criticism, admonitions or advice I'm given. Even to the point of bowing to admit the almost unbelievable fact that an ecotherapist could actually exist.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,072 mod
    Thanks, @Teach
  • VictorJoséVictorJosé Posts: 50 ✭✭
    Thank you so much, @Teach for the correction!
  • NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,130 Teacher
    @VictorJosé I agree - I don't know if it is better than other medicine, but I definitely think it can help you to relax and give you more energy for the other things you have to do.

    @april I definitely don't think that ecotherapy can replace normal medicine - there are some illnesses which really need to be treated in the conventional way. But maybe as a side therapy, to help us remain calm, it could be useful. We might still have lots of things that cause us stress, but maybe even 10 minutes of calm could be useful for our brains?

    @filauzio sometimes I think the most simple and obvious things are the hardest ones to do!! I think we all know that regular exercise and healthy eating are good for us, but that doesn't mean we do it all the time! :D Maybe having someone in an authority position tell us to do it would mean we would actually do it, instead of just thinking about it?
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,991 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes... then @NatashaT, I suggest we all get an highly indispensable advice from a ( .. sigh.. ) ecotherapist.
    Who knows ? Maybe such a genial specialist could even be able to come up with the amazing idea that breathing fresh, pure, oxigenated air is, beyond any doubts, better than just sucking from a diesel car exhaust.
    You've just discovered the wheel I would end up thinking to myself.
    Then, spotting a vague appearance of surprise rapidly turning suspicion on their face I would rush to say:
    ' .. Nooo, I would never dare to say it.. let alone just think.. by any means.. really not.. be sure.. I stand in awe before science.
    Don't worry.. let's agree that we are still friends: me the patient.. you the doctor. '
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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