We are better able to examine the perceptive patterns of self with clarity when immersed in nature. Outdoor recreation and/or urban restoration activities accompanied by mindful practices such as meditation, allow us to recognize how we are shaped by culture and experience. Once we recognize how our perceptual gaze has been influenced, our vision of the world and our place in it shifts and widens.
Rather than approaching recovery and healing from a clinical perspective, at Mindful Restoration we approach it from an experiential perspective. This means that the therapy happens during and after the activity without the use of traditional psychotherapy. Our work stems from an ecopsychological perspective. We will sit down together to establish boundaries, hone in on the intention, and learn mindful practices. However, you do the work and we guide you. We never direct you and tell you what you should do because everyone's path to recovery is different. No two people learn in the same way, see the world in the same way, and therefore, need the same type of healing model. At Mindful Restoration, the experience will be unique to your needs and how you and I tailor the activity to ensure it is enjoyable. The only requirement; moving into the 'growth zone' depends on your ability to challenge yourself and perhaps move out of your comfort zone.
'It is a paradox that the pursuit of comfort, of certainty, makes us unsafe, both to others and to ourselves. The real issue is how to help people feel safe enough to risk being uncomfortable and uncertain.' ~Brad Hirschfield (2007)
Mindfulness as a practice allows one to gravitate toward being aware and/or attuned. Traditionally, mindful practice involves meditation. The types of mindful practices I incoroporate into the activities become a type of intervention for those whose traumatic experiences are causing disruptive patterns of behavior. Attunement influences how the brain processes information. By becoming aware and attuned we are able to diffuse top-down impediments and soften habitual reactions that stem from memory and past experiences.