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Have you ever wondered how ecology and the environment are related to psychology? Well, there is an area of psychological science that studies the relationship between these elements, this area is called ecopsychology or ecological psychology.
Ecopsychology studies the interdependence of human beings with the environment and nature and the implications this may have on well-being, health and identity.
Surely you have noticed that throughout your life, that during vacations you always seek to be in contact with natural environments, or how being in certain areas of urban areas, generates changes in your moods.
Somehow it is evident the relationship between the environment and human behavior, in a bidirectional way.
Some research topics in ecopsychology include analyzing the emotional response to nature and the environment, perception and cognition about the environment, environmental design and planning, the impact on mental health in situations of natural disasters and climate change, changing attitudes towards the environment, ecotherapy, biophilia, physical and mental benefits of contact with nature, the psychology behind environmental destruction, urban sustainability, human-animal interaction, among others.
Within the practice of ecopsychology there are benefits such as maintaining a better relationship with nature and the environment in personal healing processes.
Being in contact with nature has the effect of experiencing positive emotions in some people, in contrast to feelings of loneliness, sadness and other negative emotions when disconnected from nature.
The Mask of the Egyptian Queen.
Cleopatra was a woman who lived in ancient Rome and who had an enormous influence in different areas of social and political life.
It is said that she had a great power of seduction, as well as a great intelligence in such a way that when she spoke she managed to bewitch the room, who listened to her spellbound.
But in spite of showing herself strong and competitive, under that mask there was also a great emotional suffering, being highly demanding with herself and others.
There is a part of demanding, which is good for us. It helps us to know our limits, improve our skills and get better results.
However, sometimes the way of wanting to be the best version of oneself leads to extreme self-demanding.
We put excessive pressure on ourselves, punish ourselves with words and even get angry with ourselves. And so begins an internal conflict characterized by demotivation, low self-esteem, frustration and a constant state of hypervigilance and stress.
From a Muslim perspective, Psychology is “the study of the soul, the ensuring behavioural, emotional and mental process, as well as the visible and invisible aspects that influence these elements,” (Hamdan).
We are here on this Earth to worship God (Qur’an 51:56), and our ultimate goal is to pass the test of this life and earn our way back to Paradise, in sha’ Al-lah.
The core of our life created by God is the soul which has 3 different levels.
They are An-Nafs Al-Ammarah Bissu, the soul that pushes us towards evil (Qur’an 12:53); An-Nafs Al-Lawwama, the soul that blames itself for sin (Qur’an 75:2); and An-Nafs al-Mutma’inna, the soul in tranquillity that is in strong connection with God (Qur’an 89:27), our ultimate goal.
Throughout life, many elements influence the way we feel, think and behave. They are our innate genes and instincts, our social environment, but also things we are aware of but unable to see, the world of the jinn, the presence of various angels around us; the belief in destiny, the Last Day and the Hereafter.
Legend has it that one night, a star confessed to the moon that she was envious of everything that lived on Earth and that she wanted to leave the firmament to become a flower. Consequently, the angry moon decided to take revenge by sending her to one of the highest mountains on earth.
There, the lucky star, bathed by the white mantle of snow, was transformed into one of the most beautiful flowers, with petals the color of the moon.
What she didn’t know was that she would eventually be forever alone, almost imperceptible to people, high up in the mountains.
Edelweiss is a spiritual symbol of strength, endurance and love. This alpine flower has been revered for centuries for its unique beauty, and its profound meaning has inspired many throughout history. It represents perseverance through difficult times, loyalty, connection to nature, and togetherness among human beings. This flower is a reminder that despite life’s trials and tribulations, hope and light will always shine.
Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. “If you want to find gold, you’ve got to love the process of digging.”
When exploring the spiritual significance of the color gold, we embark on a journey encompassing profound symbolism and cultural richness. Gold, throughout history and across diverse traditions, has been emblematic of various spiritual concepts, embodying a multitude of interpretations that touch the depths of the human soul. Whether it’s the radiant glow of enlightenment in Eastern philosophies or the divine connection to the heavens in Western faiths, gold’s spiritual meaning transcends mere materialism. Its significance, intricately woven into religious rituals, sacred artefacts, and ancient legends, beckons us to uncover the mystical tapestry that shrouds this precious hue.
Yin and Yang
The sum of Yin and Yang forms a whole.
Nothing is completely Yin or completely Yang.
Each aspect contains the starting point towards the other opposite.
The idea is that these two forces must be in balance for everything to function properly in the universe. In other words, the theory states that Yin and Yang are two opposing forces that complement each other, so they must be in balance in order to achieve a harmonious life.
The one begot the one,
and the one begot the two;
Next, the two begot the three.
and the three, all the rest.
When we get to that river we will cross that bridge.
This phrase from the Emperor Julius Caesar exemplifies in a simple way the need we have to learn to live in the present moment.
How many times, when faced with a conflictive situation, we tend to anticipate events without taking into account that there are other possibilities, and worst of all, is that the story we keep in our heads is with great certainty, the most negative option of all, and we believe it, thus suffering all the emotional burden it entails, even without having occurred in reality.
For all this, it would be advisable that we realize in which moments we are “putting the patch before the pimple comes out” and question ourselves if what we think is really going to happen or if there may be other options. If we do so, we will be able to avoid being paralyzed in a single possibility, generally with very low probabilities of occurring as we think it will.
Moreover, in the face of any event in our life, we are faced with two alternatives, that it develops positively (50%) or that the evolution is negative (50%), so what need do we have to attend with more intensity to the option that does us the most psychological damage?
Throughout the country, the most important values that Thai people hold to are ‘respect’, ‘self-control’ and a ‘non-confrontational attitude’. It’s beyond just stoicism. Losing face by showing anger or by telling a lie is a source of great shame for Thai people.
The spiritual meaning of Thailand is a tapestry woven with vibrant threads of ancient traditions, mystical beliefs, and a profound connection to nature. Thailand’s spirituality draws deeply from its Buddhist heritage, where the pursuit of inner peace, enlightenment, and karma are paramount. The serene temples that dot the landscape stand as testament to this spiritual journey, inviting seekers to find solace and transcendence within their hallowed walls.