If you dig down deep enough, fear is at the root at a lot of different issues.
Maybe you haven’t learnt to drive a car yet because you’re afraid of causing an accident.
Maybe you haven’t quit your dismal job and started your own business because you’re scared of failing, looking like a fool, losing all your money, and/or ending up homeless.
Maybe you haven’t got out of your toxic relationship because you’re scared of being alone, or of the consequences of leaving. Or maybe you haven’t got into a relationship in the first place, for fear of getting hurt.
As I’ve discovered, the groundwork for understanding the true nature of fear and learning to work through it is, quite literally, to ground yourself in a natural environment.
When we re-ground ourselves and reconnect with the Earth, we find our way back to Love with a capital L – a Love that isn’t dependent on a particular person continuing to support us, be there for us, or make our dreams come true.
This process is at the root of ecopsychology and ecotherapy, although the exercises that I teach aren’t ‘therapy’ in the conventional sense – they can be used by anyone, with or without mental health difficulties.
That doesn’t mean it’s an easy or comfortable process. The nettles and thorns are just the beginning, and even the potential for disease-ridden ticks or venomous snakes isn’t the end of the story. When we’re out wandering in the wilderness, we’re alone with ourselves. We’re unprotected: away from all the distractions that keep us numbed and dumbed, like TV, overwork, overeating and social media obsession. So the very soulwork that helps us to face our fears is, in itself, fundamentally scary for a lot of people.
It starts with a small, manageable step that most people probably wouldn’t expect…
Getting back to nature.