Forest bathing (translated from the Japanese term shinrin-yoku) is the practice of spending time in nature as an intentional healing process, using all five senses to connect deeply with the environment. Whether walking slowly through a forest, meditating or doing yoga in nature, or sitting by a stream, the aim of forest bathing activities is to restore feelings of calm and relaxation and connect to the present moment and the natural world.
Forest bathing is the art of spending intentional time in nature and is practiced throughout the world to increase health and restore well-being. More and more people are turning to forest bathing as an evidence-based way to unplug, relieve stress and anxiety, and spark creativity.
Forest bathing is a rising trend, but what to do if you're not near the woods or if the weather is dreary? Forest Therapy offers practical steps and inspiration to tap into nature's restorative power, no matter the season or the weather.
The book will appeal most to people who realize that they are “tree people.” It is poetic, educational, inspirational, spiritual, and down to earth, covering the subject of trees from anatomy and physiology to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols.
Simply being present in the natural world - with all our senses fully alive - can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is "forest bathing", a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku.
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