Restorative Practices Film Series

PART ONE: Conceptual Framework

Film 1 – Turning on the Connection System : 48 minutes

This is the First Film in the Restorative Practices Series

Questions for further reflection

  1. How does it effect you to know that 60-80% of visits to primary care physicians in the US are stress-related? What percentage of your own doctor visits, or more broadly your own experience of dis-ease (physical, emotional, mental health) would you say comes from stress?

  2. As you reflect on Dr. Darcia Narvaez’ concept of the Evolved Developmental Niche, does this make sense to you? In your own lifetime, have you observed in your own experience, family, or community, an increasing divergence from connection-centered activities, ways of spending time, and practices? If you observe this, how does it effect you?

  3. As a child growing up in your family, community, and cultural framework, were there certain practices, activities, rituals, or gatherings that were focused on connection? What did these practices, gatherings, and activites have in common? How did they effect you? As you reflect on them now, what comes up for you?

  4. When you reflect on the concept of Dunbar’s number, and the idea that humans are optimized to have about 150 reciprocal social relationships, how do you make sense of this in your life? When you reflect on concentric circles of proximity, as in the image below, how does this align (or not) with your own social experience? How does it align (or not) with your experience of social technologies? As you reflect on this question now, what comes up for you?

  5. Deep nature awareness teacher Jon Young talks about the idea of reverse engineering connection. Take a moment to think about someone or something (could be a place, for example) that you feel deeply connected to. How did you become deeply connected to that person or thing? What was the path that got you there? How long did it take you to become connected? What kind of things happened along the pathway?

Additional Relevant Reading

Excerpt from Watkins and Schulman, Towards Psychologies of Liberation (14 pages)

Dr. Darcia Narvaez, PhD: Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality (2 pages)

Additional Relevant Video with cited Academics, Theorists, and Problem-Solvers

 Learning Mission #1

In your first creative project, we invite you to map the pathway to deep connection by examining how you built connection with someone or something with which you feel deeply connected. You can be as logical or creative with this project as you like, but always the invitation is to have as much fun with it as you can. You could make a timeline, a drawing, a map, write a song, journal about this, etc. In the next session, you will have the opportunity to share this with a partner or the group if you wish, but you can always decline to share it as well- the choice is yours.

If I go out, and I see an individual bird, and I recognize it, a tiny thread forms between me and that bird. Each time I see that bird, and I recognize it, that thread gets a little stronger. Eventually it becomes not just a thread, but a string, and then the string gets thicker and thicker, until it is a rope. What we do is create ropes with all of Creation. That’s what is means to be a bushman.
— The San People of the Kalahari Desert (ancestors of us all)