Although still in development my personal definition of 'emotional sustainability' thus far is the following,
The ability to become aware of and understand our own emotions better, consciously recognise how our emotions affect our feelings and in turn help to form the values, beliefs and motivations that help give us strength and security in ourselves. To discover our passions and our purpose in order to fulfil our unique potential, and contribute it to an interrelated and interdependent global society and natural world. To become active, not passive. To embrace our creativity and engage in dialogue with others to create shared meaning and positive relationships, that will unite us with equality and give us the optimism, drive and shared innovation needed for us to bring about peace amongst humans, and secure the preservation of our precious planet.
My facilitation practice has grown and developed from a theory of emotional sustainability as an agent for change.
This theory is investigating the links between our emotions, feelings and values in relation to personal and social sustainability.
It incorporates :
- Creativity and creative processes as a medium for communication, engagement and self-reflection.
- David Bohm's theory of dialogue as a means to share meaning in a non-judgemental way and create new ways of thinking.
- The methodology of appreciative enquiry; a "co-evolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them."
If you would like to read my MA thesis: Communicare, it is available here.