For any young person having difficulties coping with life’s challenges, it is important to remind them that life is full of ‘winters’ and ‘summers’ and that every winter will be followed (eventually) by a summer. It is the natural cycle, of which we are a part. We are a product of the natural world, and thus, the seasons are a reflection of ourselves. When we feel out of balance in the modern world, we need to go back to the natural world in order to restore this balance.
Jung believed the earth has a soul. It is through emotional participation in nature that results in a sense of cosmic order, a sense of completion of the whole. The reverse, however, is also true. When we experience the loss of emotional participation in nature, the result is a sense of comic isolation.
From Carl Jung’s Dream Analysis notes on a lecture in 1928-1930:
Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea.
They shake off the fetters and allow nature to touch them.
It can be done within or without. Walking in the woods, lying on a the grass, taking a bath in the sea, are from the outside; entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.
Jung craved the purifying effects of immersing oneself in nature, and he expressed concern about the damaging psychological effects of the modern world’s increasingly fast-paced, mediated, and technologically driven world. He stated it effects us in environmentally destructive ways. Therefore, encourage your teen to get into the natural world as much as possible.
This is where the healing happens.