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The Discipline of Authentic Movement and the Development of the Ecological Self

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Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Arts in Psychotherapy
Publication statusSubmitted - 1 May 2021


This article provides a rationale for how the discipline of authentic movement can be employed to support the development of an ecological self. This is especially important to consider in the current pandemic which has arisen from the way humans treat animals and their alienation from nature illustrating the deeply held separation between humans and the nature. Furthermore, the climate catastrophe sings the same tune. It has also resulted from humans disregarding the interdependence we have with the earth, acting unethically without thought for the ecological damage ensuing. The argument here, based on a phenomenological perspective, is for engaging, through the discipline of authentic movement, with movement and our inner witness sufficiently to raise further the collective consciousness to acknowledge a conscience to act more responsibly and mindfully in the contexts of the pandemic and climate catastrophe.

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