I came across the term: “forest bathing” a while ago. The concept had me intrigued, so I read up on it.
It’s also known as Shinrin-roku, a Japanese word literally meaning “taking in the forest atmosphere.” How beautiful is that?
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Forest bathing is naturally aligned with slow & simple living. It’s not a fast paced trek to get from one place to another. The walks are reasonably short in distance & they are slow in pace. One stops regularly to breathe, look, listen & contemplate the surroundings.
You are encouraged to use all your senses.
You are given the opportunity to reconnect with nature in a purposeful yet gentle manner.
The types of trees you find in a forest, wood or bush are different around the world, but trees of all different sorts give off something called a phytoncide. They protect the tree from microbes & pests. These phytoncides are thought to increase your ability to produce natural killer (NK) cells which help boost your immune system.
I put together a short presentation for my colleagues at work to introduce them to the topic a little while ago. It seemed like the perfect piece of content therefore to re-purpose into a blog post. Re-purposing content is something I learnt recently at #pbevent.
Savour the trees
If you want to know more about forest bathing, check out Shinrin-yoku.org
If you want to go even deeper into the studies behind forest bathing, have a look at Dr Qing Li’s article here.
Yet another reason to care for our old growth forests don’t you think?
From my heart to yours,