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ERIC Number: ED342588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Connect with Nature: Regenerate Personal and Global Balance.
Cohen, Michael J.
To attain global and personal health, modern people must learn modern techniques and rituals that enable them to think, feel, and act in concert with nature's ways. In nature and outdoor education, the individual must acknowledge senses and feelings as facts. Over 53 pervasive senses of, by, and from nature have been identified. Some of those senses are hunger, thirst, compassion, place, nurturing, color, community, space, sex, and language. These senses connect us with nature. We tend to devalue nature's sensory gifts to the point that we don't recognize their contribution to our personal lives. We see senses as uncivilized, subjective, and immaterial. Our natural senses regulate and balance our systems; however, our indoor upbringing separates us from nature. When devoid of suppressed balancing signals from our many natural senses, we become cultural objects, programmed soldiers of our civilization's unchecked conquest of nature. We excessively violate ourselves, each other, and nature to obtain band-aids for our injured senses. Some ways leaders and counselors can connect themselves and others with nature are by: (1) acknowledging that our deeper feelings are a shared experience with the natural world; (2) labeling sensations and feelings by calling them nature; (3) helping people directly re-connect their senses to nature's ways; and (4) offering guided, unmediated contact with nature for education and stress management. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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