Environmental Spirituality and Wellbeing
Integrating Social and Therapeutic Theory and Practice
Jeff Leonardi [+–]
University of Wales Trinity St David
John Reader [+–]
William Temple Foundation
Wellbeing can be described in purely secular terms, but a spiritual perspective on Wellbeing adds considerable depth and scope, distinguishing it from superficial or momentary happiness. Wellbeing in spiritual terms reaches out beyond the individual towards relationship which can embrace both interpersonal relationships and relationship with the natural world. In order to accommodate the spiritual dimension we offer the term ‘Well-becoming’, with a focus on the past and the present as they develop into the future, and thus generate an evolutionary perspective. We suggest that in our times the scientific paradigm itself needs to expand and evolve in order to embrace the subjective/emotional and intuitive/spiritual modes of awareness. Otherwise we are left isolated, with all that matters most, humanly, on one side, and the scientific/technological perspective divorced from humane values on the other, and threatening to dominate. Nowhere is this more evident than in the environmental crisis where human beings enact upon the planet and ourselves the adverse results of a progressive alienation from our physical and spiritual natures, and thereby from our relationship with the natural world. We look to psychotherapeutic understandings and eco-social interventions into wellbeing and well-becoming to lead us forward from this tragic predicament. The book benefits greatly by including rich cross-cultural comparisons from a Brazilian context.
Table of Contents
Setting the Scene
How Spirituality Deepens Our Understanding
book: Biosynergy: Earth’s Golden Rule.
Bringing the Human Being into Relationship with the Environment
book: “The cosmic serpent” and attend rituals of health transformation through “dance of fire”. He is also a teacher in Lyon cinema school “3iS”, and his main subject is: “critical listening of movies soundtracks.”
former English and psychology professor at the Federal Institute of Rondonia, Brazil. She holds a Ph. D. in Psychology with a concentration in Jungian Studies from Saybrook University, an M.A. in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University, and a B.A. in Language Arts from the Federal University of Rondonia. Dr. Armbrust has presented at various U.S., South America, and Europe conferences. She has presented papers about dream analysis, the meaning of archetypes, and the collective unconscious in trauma treatment during talks in Argentina and Spain. Dr. Armbrust has international experience working with the unprivileged population. She has been a motivational speaker for over a decade and developed an approach, CASA (Curiosidad, Apoyo, Simpatia, y Asistencia), to facilitate counseling sessions with the Latino/Latina population in Virginia. Her integrative therapeutic approach includes neuroscience, depth psychology, and mindfulness-based techniques. During her free time, Hannah enjoys walking with her husband, Martin, in the nearby forest, dancing, drawing mandalas, and drumming Brazilian rhythms.