- living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated
- not subject to restraint or regulation : uncontrolled; also : unruly (2)
- passionately eager or enthusiastic
- going beyond normal or conventional bounds : fantastic wild ideas; also
- indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotional
- deviating from the intended or expected course
I’m a psychologist by training who has become increasingly sure that many of the problems I see are due to people’s disconnection from the wild. Happening upon Kudhva, and the enlightening people who envision it, I saw a great potential.
I’m working with the Kudhva team to develop the concept of wilderness therapy which comes from an increasing recognition of the value of the natural environment in coping with stresses of daily life. It takes you deep into the wild, away in space and time from the pressures and immediate issues that you are struggling with.
We invite you to try some simple exercises in the wild, to start to engage your senses and reconnect.
Pleasures of Presence
Close your eyes and notice your feet on the Earth.
Take a deep breath. Notice how your body feels in this moment.
The purpose of this invitation is to notice how pleasurable the senses can be.
Gently sway and move your arms to get a sense of your body in space. Tune your attention to your skin: Experience the temperature of the air.
Can you feel air movement?
Tune your attention to your hearing: Notice the quietest sound you can hear.
Is it near or far away?
Tune into your sense of smell: Notice the scents that are present.
Can you pick up any from the breeze?
Tune your attention to your sense of taste: Stick out your tongue.
What do you notice with your tongue exposed?
Lastly, with your eyes still closed and holding your hands slightly out with palms exposed, begin to gently rotate your body in a circle until you arrive at a knowing of what direction you want to face.
When you feel ready, open your eyes and take in the world as though this is the first time you are seeing it.
What do you notice?
Find something small in nature that speaks to you; something that won’t get away from you for five full minutes.
For this time it your full attention, gazing at it without looking away.
Notice small details you might not have previously noticed.
What happened as you gazed at your object?
What about this object stands out for you?
How are you similar to this object?
What is your relationship like to this object?
Is it different now than when we started?
What can we learn from this activity?
Celia Morgan | Psychologist