Inquiry: As a graduate student of Integrative Health Studies, what will I want to focus my thesis-writing research on?
Written by: Denell Nawrocki
Why might I want to publish on this topic? Well, this question has a very extensive answer that I will attempt to condense into a nice paragraph. For starters, I want to publish on these topics (Nature and Forest Therapy; entheogens as healers; Coaching as a means to empowerment; self healing; etc) because I want to aid in the emergence of the health-paradigm that looks to Earth for healing, which will in turn help humans shift their perspective from “take it all!” to “preserve her so that she can help us heal!”. I envision a new type of Health Care; one that brings us back to what is already here present on this Earth- nature, plants, waters, animals, and ourselves. Nature helps us see that we are the masters of our own lives, and through our decisions and actions, we decide our course of health. I want to contribute to research on the benefits of Nature and self-empowerment so that they become central to our health care system.
Essentially, I want Nature and Forest Therapy (or something equivalent) to be considered an Alternative or Complementary modality that is taken seriously and employed continuously. I want the modern American to hear through their doctors and health practitioners that instead of the antidepressants they can go spend time in the forest or on the beach 3-5 days a week. I want nature-prescriptions to be offered in Western Medicine, just like they are being offered in Japan and South Korea. I want Nature and Earth medicine to be recognized once again as a viable modality.
I have been thinking a lot about what I want to research and what is important to me. I have determined that not only is healing by way of nature important to me, but healing by way of the entire biosphere of Earth. I imagine a paradigm of health where plants, animals, land, water, air, and humans join forces for an inter-species collaborative healing model that has yet to be determined. There is already animal-assisted therapy, nature and forest therapy, ecotherapy, herbalism, breathwork, soaking in hot springs and studies on how animals heal themselves with plants and Earth. I want to find a way to incorporate ALL of these modalities (plus more that I have not listed here) into a comprehensive Earth-healing Modality that can be utilized to help human reconnect with themselves, each other, and the Earth for improved health and well-being.
May we all continue to be enamored with this thing called Life and share in our admiration for Earth and all her beautiful living Beings.