We are used to hearing about Ecology and the Environment. They immediately give us thoughts of Nature around us, forests, rivers, wildlife and so on, and how they are being destroyed or polluted today.
We – individually as well as collectively over centuries - are so used to thinking about Nature and Ecology as “something” outside of us that our powerful subconscious minds have this great split within. We feel disconnected from Nature, as if we are separate entities living “on” planet Earth, rather than perceive and accept the reality that we are part of Earth.
We are Nature too. We are so much part of Nature that we cannot live for more than a few minutes without breathing in air that is integral to our Earth. There is a great amount of similarity in the human body and the Earth – both need alkalinity – in tissues, blood, water etc for growth and wellbeing; both self-regulate for levels of salinity, oxygen etc to sustain aliveness; the principles of Nature – of diversity, interconnections between cells, species, ecosystems etc, cyclical flow of energy and resources etc are the same. Yet almost all our systems (economic, political, education etc.), institutions and fields of study are built on this false foundation of assuming that humans are not part of Nature.
Hence we have reached a situation where mankind has merrily destroyed our outer ecology and we are faced with climate change, mass extinction of species, water famines, pollution of land and air and more. Today, many sustainability pundits say that climate crisis is also a crisis of human perception.
Time to review our foundations of thinking…
In every one of our systems, institutions, communities and fields of study, it is time to re-look at our foundational thinking. The Corona virus has given us enough reason to do so rather than go back to business as usual!
In the field of psychology a few years ago, some psychologists have emerged who have been working on eco-psychology. In the area of self-enquiry and the understanding of human psychological processes, Bhoomi has been working during the last two decades on evolving group participative processes that help in creating wellbeing through re-working on our patterns of perception, choice making and action – in a school as well as a small collge setting (Prakriya Green Wisdom School and Bhoomi College).
The Sankalan Programmes
A set of 5 one-week long residential programmes are offered by Bhoomi, with the first entry level programme being the one that introduces participants to deeper meanings of “inner and outer ecology”. For more information click here.
While many of the facilitative processes are based on the work of Dr. Pulin Garg (late Prof. of Organisational Behaviour at IIM Ahmedabad and founder of ISISD), the processes in the Sankalan programmes are a departure from his work in the sense that here we attempt to work with eco-centric beliefs rather than anthropocentric (human centric) ones. We also are more focused on holistic enquiry.