Reducing Stress


There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.                                                  
 

~Washington Irving

Soul Therapy

The Program is about using fishing to quiet the mind and reduce stress.  We currently developing this program with the focus on those whose lives have just gotten too busy or have been exposed to conditions that have created unmanageable stress in their lives.

To further understand our approach, neuroscience and the relationship between training the mind, happiness, equanimity, creativity, and connectedness says we are capable or “using our minds to change our brains and using our brains to change our minds,” as the neuropsychologist Rick Hanson is fond of saying. The connection between mindfulness and happiness is becoming better and better understood through neuroscience research, and it is incredibly enlightening.

There are many, many (many!) different ways to access the quiet mind necessary to create the combination of attention and relaxation required to access that deep-down wisdom. Some ways are silent and still, others are active, but they all share a requirement to pay attention and to care about what one is doing.

Physical practices associated with any recreational activity like fishing, rock-climbing, hiking, horseback riding, golf, etc., etc., create an opportunity to create those conditions. We all know from personal experiences like riding and hiking that this is the case. Sometimes when we are on the trail, we will catch ourselves “noticing”:  just noting what we notice – the sunlight on the leaves, the dirt, the rocks, a squirrel scampering, some scat from an animal, mushrooms growing on a rotten log, the pattern of the tree trunks, the difference in the patterns of different trees, the shape of the leaves,… whatever comes into sight. After a while, we drop the noticing, and we feel an incomparable peace and feeling of deep-down happiness. Sometimes instead, we may pay attention to the feel of the ground as we step – we just note how the ground feels, whether it’s level or not, how our foot strikes it, are there rocks, and so on… until we stop and there is a peace and a lasting joy that is just so good. Those of us who who fish can describe something similar while we are fishing.  And this is often what drives us back to the water time and again.

A tremendous part of mindfulness is creating the capacity for accepting what is. No matter what our circumstances, we must accept what is before we can have the awareness to observe what could be. We won’t be able to help people facing physical, emotional, or psychological limitations unless they first accept what is.

Ketrick Communities is about using recreational activities to help people facing such limitations develop capacity for acceptance through mindfulness practices incorporated into the recreational opportunities, and thereby create the conditions in which those people can rewire their brains to find peace and happiness? Out of that peace and happiness they will be able to discover how they can contribute to the world.  FishingCommunity.Org’s program will be applying this methodology by using fishing as the recreational activity.