Five Rules of Thumb

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1. Engage your untamed self

The deeper inside is our untamed self. It is the discovery of our bodily and emotional source from which we relate with the outside. In contrast with experiencing our body or the outside as an object, living an ecological worldview is based on a rich inner experience in relation to the outside world. Although individuality can be experienced as a location in space and time, engaging the deeper self means that the experience of self is also located in the outside. The ecologization of everyday life is to transform self into an eco-self. An eco-self is the self that has experientially understood that it is part of a life web. There are 4 pillars in this transformation:

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3. Put the Voice of the Earth first, Defend Green

Although greening is only one part of a holistic approach, it is a part that needs priority in our attention. Not only because nature is in danger, but also because the experiential belongingness to nature is at the heart of the shift in worldview. We discovered in our own transformative processes of awakening how connection with the earth through work in a garden, made us more sensitive to all connections. We deepened our understanding what it is to be alive through connection with other living beings. It is important that this connection didn't emerged by just visually enjoying nature. It is through collaboration and living together with other beings that we deepened our lived empathy, conflicts and frustrations being part of symbiosis. Love with other humans or with domesticated animals obtain a much deeper meaning if it is inspired by a connection with living beings that are out of our normal range of anthropomorphizing projections.

We are nature. Nature is our teacher. We see three main pathways:

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5. Fertilize

We don't have to create life. Life creates itself. In contrast with controlled strategic interventions, the professional who follows the ecological worldview will trust natural development and the cycle of regeneration. We can create a context in which life can flourish or at least we have to stop blocking life to flourish. Fertilizing doesn't mean to add a bunch of chemicals on the ground, and by analogy, not adding expertise from the outside into a system. Fertilizing means the life generating interaction between two or more individuals of the same species or different species. It can be a process of mutual insemination of thought, feelings and experiences. Lets look more closely to four patterns of fertilization professionals can use.

 

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2. Enlarge your scope

In an individualistic society people are preoccupied with their own lives. There is little attention to the collective goods, the commons. Besides this general tendency, professionals are narrowing their perspective through the lenses of their specialization and scientific approach. Although enhancing quality in a certain way, it also divorces professionals from their local community and other disciplines. We are all behaving as if we are islands.

Ecologizing professional work with clients consists of enlarging the scope of our attention and caring. It is a request to ...

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4. Give priority to locality

In our view ecologizing our lifestyle is to admit that we have bodies and that bodies are rooted in space and time. One of the major human needs is to live somewhere, to have a habitat and to care about the environment. We need to reappreciate the sense of locality.

Where do you feel at home and how do you treat your home?

There are two notions that helps to restore our relationship with the local environment and local community: ownership and resilience. We will also elaborate on the question in what sense the workplace can be seen as a local community.

To take care about the environment is related with the experience of ownership. A lot of people don't feel they participate in the ownership of their neighbourhood. They experience the street, the park, and the company as not theirs. Ownership has not to be understood as possession, but as belongingness and identification. If one experience something in the so called outside as a projection of self, then you well start to care about it.