Understanding the Biophilia Hypothesis to Find New Ways to Relieve Stress When Feeling Overwhelmed by Life
Shamanic Path and Practice founder, Heather Price discusses using the biophilia hypothesis to combat the overwhelming feeling stress can create.
Nature itself is a natural mechanism to manage stress, and mankind still has an innate tendency to turn to nature to rapidly lower stress levels and restore health and well being.
For many people, connecting with nature conjures feelings of peace and harmony, and an absence of nature walks, camping and hikes can escalate a sense of overwhelm and contribute to heightened stress levels.
The biophilia hypothesis suggests there exists an instinctive bond between human beings and nature. Originally coined by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia, the hypothesis is defined as an innate “urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.
Wilson is a Harvard educated biologist, philosopher and prize-winning science writer, and has personally explored the biophilia hypothesis in depth. His description of the hypothesis has been listed in the Oxford dictionary, as ‘an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world’.
Shamanic Path and Practice founder Heather Price believes nature is an “intrical part of man” that society is slowly forgetting about, with a distinct disconnection to the environment evident within communities, towns and cities. “Nature is the connection between us and the spirit world, but we’ve forgotten that. We’ve stopped turning to nature for guidance, healing and reflection, and as a result, we’ve stopped taking care of the environment and are now suddenly feeling overwhelmed by life,” says Heather. www.heatherprice.net
“Nature itself is a natural mechanism to manage stress, and mankind still has an innate tendency to turn to nature to rapidly lower stress levels and restore health and well being. If no one is considering new ways to relieve stress, the tension builds up and causes an overload on the system, leading to potential exhaustion.”
To combat feeling overwhelmed by life or broken Heather recommends people take the time to sit, run and climb in nature, by smelling flowers, touching the earth, bushwalking, swimming in natural bodies of water, observing, cloud watching and playing with an animal, in order to heal and find revitalisation.
“Whilst most people appreciate the restorative qualities of nature, exploring the environment cannot always be a priority, or easy to do in busy or populated places,” says Heather. “Keeping pets is a good way to stay grounded, and taking animals into schools, work places and aged care facilities is beginning to become commonplace. Visualisation is also a great technique to use to create journeys into inner, imaginative worlds. Traditional healers and teachers use visualisation and meditation as two effective ways to relieve stress in their lives, and have been doing so for thousands of years”
About Heather Price
As the Shamanic Path and Practice founder, Heather sees her role as one of inspiring others to wake up, and remember and embrace who they are when they are in alignment with their true-heart nature, to know where they have come from, and to feel confident to walk their path to meet the future. According to Heather, the true heart, guided by the soul’s knowing and truth, is different to the wounded heart that looks to the past and is guided by familiar vibrational energy and negative memories. She describes the shamanic way as an ancient therapeutic practice, with creative technologies that can be used to reach the true heart consciousness, and to explore avenues for healing the wounded heart, restoring one’s true nature.
Clients who choose to walk with Heather for healing, counselling and coaching come from a variety of backgrounds and for many different reasons. Some arrive already well informed of the issues that have held them back in their lives and are ready to work intensively to heal past wounds, let them go and move forward. Others are more tentative as they begin their inner journey and take small steps at a time.
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