Chad Eckert, 28, has returned to Columbia City with a mission to touch lives with the healing elements found in gardening. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When someone first hears of eco-psychology, it may conjure up images of distorted therapy sessions, possibly conducted in nature.
But mostly, the assumption is made that eco-psychology is West-Coast, New-Age thinking.
However, according to Chad Eckert, of Columbia City, his study of eco- psychology has led him to appreciate the therapeutic benefits found in nature.
â€śWhen you connect with nature, there is a healing process that takes place,â€ť Eckert said. â€śYou become one with the earth. It allows you to connect with your inner self by being tied to a life-giving source. Its a revolution in disguise.â€ť
A 2003 Columbia City High School graduate, Eckert, 28, left his job to pursue a "soul-purpose" in life.
â€śPeople always ask what you do for a living,â€ť Eckert said. â€śI think the question is who are you becoming â€” not what are you doing.â€ť
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