This hopefully brings the realization that we are all in interdependency with one another. And this breaks down the rhetoric of individualism that this System is trying to sell us for so many years:
'take care only about yourself and your own needs, regardless of the others.' This is what I name non-ecological awareness.
We can see many disaffects of this behavior humans have followed in recent years. I will give just one significant example: the massive cultivation of the land and the tons of chemicals used for more stable productivity has ended up killing microbes and bacteria that used to live in the ground and kept our intestines safe. Now, as a result, our intestines lack good bacteria, with the unpleasant consequence of chemical unbalance in the human organism and body and mind symptoms ( bad digestion, depression, anxiety ). This is a non-ecological interaction among the human, the ground and the plant that produces its food. This relationship was dominated by human need and there was no respect and active listening to mother earth; on the contrary, there was violence that backfired to the human itself.
Was that excessive focus on the organismic need worth it?
What was gained and what was lost? Open for (self-)reflections...
So, is it possible for the organism to apply ecological awareness?
Let's find out!
As organisms in an environment, if we want to cover our needs, we need to be active and aware of them at every moment and flexible enough to be able to do the best we can according to our abilities combined with what we have in the given moment ( needs of our organism and environment provided to satisfy them) . An organism that is really aware and active can practice meaningful awareness of itself in the world, in dialogue with the world, and with awareness of the other and the surrounding. It is not an inwardly focused organism caring only about its needs and separated from the environment (introspection).
Awareness is accompanied by owning, that is, the process of knowing one's control over, choice of, and responsibility for one's own thoughts, behavior, feelings, and actions. This is what I call ecological awareness.
Our lives can really flourish when we apply this to our environment and we take care of the ground, the plants, the water and the air that feed us.
Also, our lives are deeply meaningful when we apply this to our relationships with other humans. To dive into this, I will mention again the indoctrinated concept of individualism, which we can feel polluting more and more human relationships. So, when we arrive in the contact boundary with the only purpose to cover our organismic need, since anyway, this System gives us the right to be individualist, we might end up using any mean to arrive at our purpose ( lying, manipulating, violating ), with the unpleasant result for the other; hurting and mistreating the being that covered our need.
Of course, in Gestalt, we talk a lot about the response-ability of any person for the events of its life. Though here we talk also about the other side of the spectrum. For sure we cannot talk about earth's responsibility for being poisoned. She still does her best to feed us. Equally, it is worth it to investigate the behavior of the person who acts towards the other.
Every person is in charge of the moral choice he makes. Gestalt therapy can help the person to understand what can be considered moral and what not. Gestalt therapy gives the person an opportunity to choose and value.
So here the moral I present is ecological awareness and behavior.
The person who is aware knows what they do, how they do it, that they have alternatives and that they choose to be as they are. So non-ecological actions are not forced, but a choice among others.
Deeply practiced awareness is ecological awareness. The tendency of the organism towards awareness is natural, and every person is part of nature. Awareness of the evidence, the awareness continuum, is an instrument for the person to use intentionally to direct this natural drive for the healthy condition.
A high healthy level of the human organism can be succeeded among other healthy organisms since we all interact with each other for our organismic needs. So, the healthier the environment the healthier the organism.
This is true considering the ecological behavior towards the earth, and also towards other humans. We can interact in a more satisfying way with humans that feel respected, heard, appreciated for who they are and loved rather than the opposite. We can build ecological relationships based on love and freedom for all, not only for our individual self. This will come back to us from the environment in the form of love and freedom.
Equally, the food we eat can be our cure when we respect the earth and its resources.
Let's take a deep breath with this awareness.
Everything is one. We are one. Everything is connected.
Awareness at all levels is the key.
Breathe in and out and practice love and freedom here and now.