“We are children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought, in the measure to which we are responsive to it.” ~ Lawrence Durrell
It’s been many a year since I was a college student studying psychology. Since then, I am sure, there have been changes to curriculum. Today, I have decided to explore new therapeutic analysis terminology that is sometimes used in Colorado – “awe therapy.” Have you heard of it?
If I were to sit down with a therapist in an “awe therapy session” here is what my innermost thoughts would reveal on what astonishes me most about Colorado:
- Palisades Peaches could rival Maryland Peaches, any day. Satisfies the palette beautifully.
- Clear blue, humidity free days are the norm in Colorado, raising the spirit.
- This town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado has more writers than I ever would have imagined. Books from the Boat prove it.
- Stepping out of familiar environments and into something different has been fun. But, how long, I ask myself, until the feeling of new becomes mundane?
- Lack of water is a concern – it affects safety, livelihoods, landscape plantings and recreation.
- “Why,” I might ask, “do people travel so far to find a place to settle, to operate a “location neutral business?”
- Light and fluffy powder, although beautiful, gets heavy and burdensome by the end of the long winter.
- People’s attitudes coincide with the landscape in the West – wide, open views. Advantages and disadvantages come with that.
- It is very evident why Colorado is rated one of the healthiest states in the Union. People work hard at achieving it.
It has been most interesting to take in the flavors of this Western State. Dubbed “Colorful Colorado” because of the magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers and plains, I’d like to add one more reason – its people.
“Awe therapy” according to this article,
makes people nicer; an interesting concept for a student of psychology.
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