We invite you to take a moment outside in nature, inhale the peace that exists in the breeze, and tune into the sounds that surround you. Spending time in nature gives us access to "infinite creativity, freedom and bliss." Deepak Chopra emphasizes this positive effect of silently experiencing nature in "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success." Open your senses to the humming of bees, leaves rustling in the wind, and the essence of organic matter. Forest bathing is a practice that has both psychological and physiological benefits. It can help decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and give your body an overall sense of wellbeing.
Forest bathing originated in Japan in the 1980s. It has since gained popularity with doctors and wellness movements around the world. Japanese doctors claim that forest bathing can boost the immune system. This is attributed to phytoncides, a chemical released by plants in nature. In addition, it can help reduce cortisol levels and bring the body and mind back to a harmonious state. The art of forest bathing is experiencing nature in silence during a peaceful, leisurely walk. During this silence in harmony with nature, you absorb your surroundings through your senses.
Road Less Traveled
Wander to a place you haven't been to. A place where you can be encompassed in a canopy of trees, and hear your footsteps embedding themselves into the soil. Find a place where you are able to connect with nature in its purest form. Once you have found a quiet, secluded place, unwind your mind and begin your forest bath.
A stroll through a city park, relaxing on a bench under a tree, and laying on a hammock by a lake can all give the body the same benefits of a forest bath. Find a quiet place to blissfully wander to renew your mind and body.
Mindfully intertwine your senses with nature. Breathe and move slowly, when you embark on your forest bath. As a result, you will feel renewed from mindfully experiencing nature through your five senses.