Using Wilderness Therapy To Learn How To Cope With Anxiety

Journey Wilderness Therapy To Treat Anxiety Symptoms

At The Journey Wilderness Experience, we ask the students to practice each week being in the present and enjoying the grand festival of the moments they are in. Especially when there is some opposition. After they have tried this for a few days, we have them write down what was their experience. Were they able to experience a party amid a war?

Journey Wilderness Nature At SunsetSo... we cannot take action in the past or the future... and that not being able to take action results in anxiety. You will note that the “Present” involves Action and Being. Sometimes people are human-doings rather than human beings.

Mindfulness is all about being, enjoying, noticing, experiencing. Have you ever noticed some people on vacation frantically trying to document everything (taking pictures, posting to social media, etc.) to the point that they miss the actual vacation?

They have to enjoy their vacation later. Also notice that the passage of time for children is very different than for adults because they automatically practice “being” more often.

Why do “being” and “action” have to be in balance? What will happen if a person is more action heavy? Can you think of a person who lives their life this way? What are the consequences if someone never took action and was in a state of “being” all the time?

Can you think of a person who lived too much on this side of things? One can be present while taking action and while being but a balance between the two is where healthy living exists.

We want our students to plan to take time in the day where they can take action and other times (that works with the group) where they can just “be” for a while. For you who may be reading this article, try being in the present. If you caught your mind going to past or future, ask yourself the question “can I (or should I now) take action and then bounce back to present? What was your experience being present when you were in action? What was your experience being present when you were being? Was there any change in your anxiety when you were living present as opposed to when you were not?

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Here is an excerpt from The Alchemist. “A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived. Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world.

The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention. The wise man Journey Wilderness Slot Canyonlistened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours. ’Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something,’ said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. ‘As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.’

The boy began climbing and descending the many stair-ways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was. ’Well,’ asked the wise man, ‘did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchment in my library?’ The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.’ Then go back and observe the marvels of my world,’ said the wise man.

‘You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house.’ Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen. ‘But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?’ asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.‘ Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,’ said the wisest of wise men. ‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.’”

How could this apply to your life? How does this secret relate to the mindfulness?

We invite you to find a way to carry the oil and enjoy everything around you at the same time. Happy journeying!! Call for more info: 801-396-5694