Mirror neurons are brain cells that fire both when an animal does something *and* when they observe another animal doing that same thing. This discovery has awesome implications for how we learn, communicate and empathize. If a client is experiencing anxiety in the wilderness, our own brains are likely to pick up on and begin to "mirror" the anxious feeling. At the same time, if *we* take a deep breath, *their* mirror neurons may fire and help to naturally ground them simply through our own nonanxious presence.
Plus, mirror neurons are super cute, as we demonstrated on this recent trip to the beach!
Learn more at one of our open-enrollment courses this fall:
Donetta Faye (Daye) Cooper Hagel is a clinical counsellor, veteran wilderness guide, and director of the Mental Health Wilderness First Aid program on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Read more about her and the MHWFA on the About Us page!