My presentation about nourishing ourselves as therapists has three themes:
First, I will draw upon some examples from my practice to illustrate the importance of the healing power of the grieving process and point especially to the use of the creative arts in this work.
Second, I will situate the above remarks within the context of the shared sense of grief about the dying of the natural world that haunts all of us and use examples of working with anxiety and depression at this collective level of unconscious dynamics.
Third, I will use stories to describe some practices that bring us back to our senses by restoring the erotic and aesthetic bonds between our embodied minds and the wonders of the natural world, awakening in us the sense of the miracle in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Robert D. Romanyshyn is the author of eight books including Victor Frankenstein, the Monster and the Shadows of Technology: The Frankenstein Prophecies, Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life, and The Soul in Grief: Love, Death, and Transformation, He has also published poems, numerous articles in psychology, philosophy, education and literary journals, written a one act play about Frankenstein, and in 2009 he created a multi-media DVD entitled Antarctica: Inner journeys in the Outer World. At the 2019 ECARTE conference in Spain he gave the keynote address: Educating the Quixotic Imagination .