Wellness-informed practice requires understanding humanity’s basic needs and how our sustainable ancestors fulfilled those needs to foster the heartmind and wise living on the earth. Although we cannot return to the full lifestyle of our ancestors (nomadic foraging), contemporary nomadic foragers give us insight into what our basic needs are, how to meet them and what thriving human beings are like. Our species’ Evolved Nest is a key provision for developing our human nature. Although it is particularly critical in early childhood, many components of the Evolved Nest extend throughout life, in part through responsive relationships. Many of our contemporary crises result from forgetting what kept our ancestors living sustainably, happily and well, for hundreds of thousands of years. Nested living, as found in traditional First Nation communities (who hold a quarter of the land on the earth but support 80% of its biodiversity), involves respectful treatment of the earth community and attending to the wellbeing of the natural world. There is a stark contrast between the longstanding sustainable Indigenous worldview that emphasizes connection and partnership and the dominant worldview, which emphasizes disconnection and dominance. It is time to break the destructive cycle we are on and return to our pro-wellness and pro-earth ways of being.
This month’s Living Journal welcomes Dr. Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame. Dr. Narvaez’s interdisciplinary research in moral development and human flourishing brings a unique and timely invitation to return to our pro-wellness and pro-earth ways of being.
Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, researches moral development and human flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating anthropology, neuroscience, clinical, developmental, and educational sciences. Her earlier careers include professional musician, business owner, classroom music teacher, classroom Spanish teacher, and seminarian, among other things. She grew up as a bilingual/bicultural Puerto Rican but calls the earth her home. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences wellbeing and moral character in children and adults. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and former editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Your Whole Baby, and the Self Reg Institute. She has numerous publications, including more than 20 books. A recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She is president of KindredWorld.org which promotes wellness-informed living. She blogs for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and hosts the webpage EvolvedNest.org.
When: Jun 16, 2021, 01:00 PM Pacific Time (the US and Canada)
Topic: Wellness-Informed Practice, the Evolved Nest, and Human and Planetary Thriving
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