Like traditional therapy, ecopsychology examines personal interactions and family systems, while also encouraging patients to develop a relationship to nature.Now, I have no problem with going on "fasts" such as from shopping and dependence on electronic gadgets and replacing them with simpler pursuits, such as gardening and meditating. This is good. We are too addicted to things--bigger, better, and more. Lent is a wonderful and joyful time to experience the beauty that austerity can bring....eating less, consuming less, praying more, and giving more.
“Global warming has added an extra layer of anxiety to what people are already feeling,” said Sandy Shulmire of Portland, Ore., a psychologist and practitioner of ecopsychology.
Therapists like Dr. Shulmire use several techniques, like encouraging patients besieged by multitasking to spend more time outdoors and exploring how their upbringing and family background influence their approach to the natural world.
It's the eco-anxiety that is wacky. Face it, folks, the world is going to end. It's only a matter of time, God's time. What was it that Jesus said, "Do not worry about your life. By worrying, have you added a cubit to your stature? Consider the lilies of the field how they neither toil nor spin, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." This just reminds me of how urgent the need is to proclaim the Gospel. There are hungry and hurting people who need the eternal message of God's saving grace. And perhaps, we do need some humility to see how our lives proclaim that Gospel of Hope.