Glorieta Update

The Glorieta Stream has risen through the ranks and is now in second place, and still rising fast. Thanks to all those who have voted and spread the word. But it’s still not finished yet!

With less than a day to go it’s vital to continue voting and pass the message along. We’re so close, and it’s so possible! Please, copy and paste this message and share it with your contacts, whether by email or a social networking site. Just vote and past it on!

“Along the Glorieta stream, there are amazing landscapes and many endangered species, but it is threatened by incivility and invasive exotic species.

We need your vote to make this conservation project work.

 quick, free and anonymous

from computer, mobile and tablet

Vote and more info:

http://www.assoc-cen.org/Glorieta_eng.php

until 31st March at 12:00 midday (GMT).

Please, disseminate this message

 THANKS!

The Elephant in the Room II

There are other forces in the house (i.e. the psyche) besides the dog’s instincts: cultural and spiritual forces. There are angels and gods, and other varieties of archetype and stereotype.  We’re taught to ignore these too, so when we see an “angel” we ignore it for fear of going mad!

There are also intruders, burglars and gatecrashers that have come, uninvited, into the house through a door or window you left open (or someone else opened for you). And even though they don’t belong here, we’ve been taught to accept them as though they were. Shouldn’t we learn to identify them, reject them and guard well the house’s portals?

And have you ever looked upstairs? There a mysterious room filled with toys and colourful paintings. For many people this is a room that is shut off when we reach adulthood, and it gets abandoned. But it doesn’t go away. It is another “elephant in the room”. Hey, the inner child has a life to live, too! 😉

The Elephant in the Room

There is a secret open to everyone, but not everyone sees it. Or rather not everyone chooses to see it. There’s an elephant in the room that we are so habituated not to see.

The unconscious is like having a pet dog in the house, which is ignored. We are taught that we are “reasonable” and “rational”, and so all forms of unreasonableness and irrationality come from outside, not inside (it’s the world and everyone else that is unreasonable and irrational, obviously). We say “there’s no dog in this house.”

The more it is ignored, the more damage it does, and the more we think “why does this always happen to me?” The furniture is getting torn up, food is stolen, puddles of wee appear under bare feet, and poos turn up in unexpected corners. Until we pay attention to these signs and say “Yes, there is a dog in this house”, the problem will never be resolved.

So, we’ve acknowledged the dog, what now? Well, first it has to be trained not to trash the furniture, not to steal food and not to leave unpleasant presents around the house. We have to take responsibility for it and feed it well, take it for walks, giving it its “exercise, discipline and affection” (as Cesar Millan says).

In this way the dog can be integrated into the life of the house, and cause no more disruptions (i.e. the unconscious can be acknowledged and integrated, instead of being at a loose end).

CEN’s Teaming and Glorieta Vote

CEN association has two badges, one for the EOCA voting, another for Teaming. Teaming is very simple: you only have to give €1 per month to a worthy organisation, in this case CEN.

The second badge is for the Vote for the Conservation of the Glorieta Stream that I recently blogged about. The votes are going well, but we still need more to catch up with the other projects. If you could please vote and send this link to anyone you know (email, Facebook, blogs), that would be very much appreciated: http://www.assoc-cen.org/Glorieta_eng.php

Or show these badges on your website/blog:

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Psychology: the Subjective Science

Science, traditionally, has been a manner of investigating our world in an objective way without subjective muddling. This has been put into question by some findings in Quantum Physics that our perception of something can influence the result. But what about subjectivity as a subject for study? An important part of “our world” is this subjectivity, so there should be a way to investigate it. And there is in the many discplines of psychology.

I was reading some material for a course I’ll be doing in ecopsychology, and the term “science” came up, that, through the exercises, we take notice of our senses and sensations in nature, and then set about describing or verbalising them. The best objective evidence we have of the subjective is verbal. But if each of us can set about observing  our experiences and faithfully and coherently giving them expression through words, then we can find commonalities, or at least bridge the subjective gap between us.

Perhaps because of differences in subjective perspective, the variety of psychological disciplines has flourished. There are so many theories, it’s difficult to know where to start. But since we’re investigating subjectivity, we can start with “I”, and all the thoughts, feeling and sensations that comes with this.

Vote for the Conservation of the Glorieta Stream

Vote for the conservation of the Glorieta stream. It’s free and only takes less than a minute:http://outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=1

Please, forward this message to all your contacts, including colleagues, friends, family, social networks and media. Every single vote is important!
The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is a not-for-profit association constituted by companies operating within the outdoor industry. As a charitable organisation directly funding specific projects, the EOCA wants to show that the European outdoor industry is committed to putting something back into the environment, and that by everyone working together a real difference can be made. Every year, a number of non-profit organisations apply for EOCA grants to implement a conservation project through volunteering in any country around the world. Our project has become a finalist and we need your vote to be selected.
The aim of our proposal is to guarantee the long term conservation of the Glorieta stream headwaters. The site is protected by the Natura 2000 Network of the Prades Mountains and protected by a land stewardship agreement with the CEN association. The deep pools, long waterfalls, and turquoise waters are admired by thousands every year, including those that come specifically to hike or canyon. The area is rich in endangered species such as the white-clawed crayfish, the red tailed barbel and the white throated dipper. The main threats are the increasing numbers of visitors, litter, graffiti and damage caused by visitors, and exotic invasive plant and animal species.
Through CEN, this project will organise:

  1. Restoration actions to counteract human impacts.
    • 3 clean up campaigns with volunteering.
    • Control the ailanthus invasion (exotic invasive tree).
    • Eradication of the red swamp crayfish (exotic) to protect the white-clawed crayfish (autochthonous and endangered) and other fauna.
  2. Regulation actions to reduce the negative effects derived from hyperfrequentation.
    • Regulation of canyoning.
    • Access restriction to vulnerable places.
  3. Awareness actions.
    • Leaflet.
    • Poster.
    • Panels.
    • Conference.
    • Workshop “the stream secret inhabitants”

Voting will start at 00.01 (GMT) on 17th March and will end at 12.00 midday (GMT) on 31st March.
Vote in English: http://outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=1
Information and vote in Deutsch: http://www.eoca.de/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=1
For further information, please visit the EOCA website www.outdoorconservation.eu

Nominated by:

patagonia

In collaboration with:

alcovermontral

Member of:

xct

Avencs de la Febró

Yesterday, I went with NCAT to a beautiful place in the Prades mountains that I’ve never seen before. Last week we went to scout it out, just to see where it is, and it’s a good job we did, because it’s easy to miss the entrance down into it (though the gorge itself is easy to locate).

Inside was markedly colder, and there was a point where you feel the temperature change as you descended. It’s 40m deep, and all the way through there are holes and little caves where the water has burrowed through the rock. There was a huge cave which had a circular tunnel that reconnected with the main chamber (with a huge group of people, mostly kids, I thought I’d leave it for next time).

I was surprised to find a cave at the end of the gorge when I shone my torch down what I thought has a simple hole. It turned out to be a small tunnel that led to a cave which could fit around ten or more people, standing. The big cave was full of visitors, but this one I had a moment alone, and felt at peace within the Earth. 🙂

How to Speak… (not serious)

For years I have been studying Spanish, French and Catalan, and also observing other languages. Over that time I have made detailed notes and can now share my insights to make learning a language and its correct pronounciation easier.

French – Purse your lips together and make various buzzing sounds.

Spanish – bash two stones together energetically

Catalan – try to speak with a bee, chicken and grasshopper in you mouth; bash two stones together at the same time

Italian – bash two stones together energetically, but with rhythm

Galician Spanish – bash two stones together like Italian, but with softer and slower rhythm

South American/Andalusian/Canaries Spanish – bash two stones together covered with lots of talcum powder; with each “crack” the sound disintegrates into a soft breathing

Portugal Portuguese – make buzzing noises with a wide open mouth, and with a rhythm like Galician Spanish

Brasilian Portuguese – make buzzing sounds with a wide open mouth, as if you have a party popping in your mouth

German – make noises but with no facial movement and a minimum of lip movement

South-East England English (mine) – lose control of lips and tongue, and just “flap” them

Posh English – Purse lips together, but with less buzzing sounds than French

American English – open mouth wide with each syllable, like you’re chewing gum

I hope that helps. 😉

NCAT

(Nature Connected Activities in Tarragona)

Last month we walked along Playa Larga near Tarragona and had several nationalities: a Dutch couple, a Portuguese, a Greek, several Spaniards, a Venezuelan, a Scotsman, an Englishman (yours truly) and a Swiss woman (Mika) – it sounds like the beginning of a complex bar joke (but it wasn’t, lol).  It was a beautiful place with forest right next to the sea. This month we go to the Febró ravine; I’ll tell you about that.

Recently we had our first NCAT English meet up. We were asked recently if we had outings specifically for speaking English, so we obliged and created a new branch of NCAT. This group is more for people that want to practice their English in an informal setting. We do have a few exercises to learn some basics, but just something simple whilst we walk. There’s plenty of extranjeros (foreigners, like me) that want to learn Spanish, so why not an NCAT Spanish?

We also have NCAT Eco-Art; the first workshop will be the end of this month. Here we use natural materials to create works of art (mandalas, “touchscapes”, etc.), but working with ecopsychological principles by becoming aware of the natural world around us with senses little used!

Here are the links for each group:

NCAT – for excursions and activities out in nature.

NCAT English – excursions in nature, learning and practicing English.

NCAT Ecoart – artistic activities in nature, combining natural materials with ecopsychological principles.