Have you heard of forest bathing?
I’ll bet that if you love spending time in nature, even if you haven’t yet heard of Forest Bathing, you’ve probably already experienced its some of its benefits!
I for one can say I am absolutely in LOVE with forest bathing.
So What Is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing is a Japanese concept that’s also called shinrin-yoku. The essential premise is that spending time in nature has a powerful way of cleansing your energy.
In other words, time spent outside in the forest is like taking an energetic bath!
This isn’t just a metaphysical concept either, as many scientists have been studying and documenting the many positive effects of Forest Bathing on both physical and mental health.
So how do you Forest Bathe?
Forest Bathing is simple. The idea is this: When you spend time in nature there are relaxing, restorative and rejuvenating benefits available for you to tune into.
Keep in mind that forest bathing is not about working out in nature, it’s about being present with the beauty of the natural world.
Whether that’s going for a hike, taking a leisurely stroll, or even finding a calm place in nature to simply sit, relax and observe…
Surrounding yourself with nature is the first step to tuning into the innate wisdom and healing energy available.
The more peaceful, remote, and natural the forest setting you can find for forest bathing, the better! When you get out of the city, off the beaten track and into nature you can really feel and experience the Earth in her beautiful and natural state.
But if you do live in the city, you can still tap into the benefits of Forest Bathing by visiting a peaceful park, or going out of your way to visit natural area to recharge.
The real key to tapping into the full power of Forest Bathing is to surround yourself with nature and then through presence and using all of your senses to simply observe, experience and enjoy the beauty and magic of the natural world around you.
Forest Bathing Through The Five Senses
Forest bathing involves experiencing the forest through your five senses.
Listen to the sounds of the birds, the leaves rustling, water flowing, and let yourself hear the calm, peace and beauty around you…
Look around at the trees and plants surrounding you. See the sunlight filtering in through the trees, observe the various stages of growth, life, and decay and look for the lifeforce energy present in all.
Breathe and take in the scent of the trees and earth. Smell and experience nature’s wonderful aromatherapy.
Taste the freshness of the pine-scented air as you breathe…
Feel the presence of the Earth below your feet. Feel the sensation of the forest air gently caressing your skin… Place your hands on the trunk of a tree, or directly on the Earth and focus all your attention on really feeling. Feel the textures, the temperature change, and the subtle life force energy.
Relax and as you take in the beauty and wonder of nature with all your senses… Tune into gratitude.
Feel an internal sense of joy, calm and bliss as you deeply connect with nature, and through this, she brings healing and rejuvenation to your entire being.