Forest Bathing AKA Shinrin Yoku and being in nature

Shinrin Yoku

Forest Bathing-Shinrin Yoku

The medicine of the forest

It is becoming more common as a preventative health care measure.

Recently I took this video after meeting up with a friend

Time granted that I was able to spend a wee bit more time out in nature, to go off the beaten track, just off a lake and on the edge of a forest

Shinrin Yoku

It reminded me of a term known as Shinrin Yoku

Or what it’s more commonly known as “forest bathing”

what intrigues me about it and what I like about it, is the idea that it’s not a doing, it’s bathing,

so many people go do outdoor pursuits, out walking, power walking, arms swinging

but not a lot of time is often lead or left to sit back and relax.

Imagine a cyclist, going through a track on a mountain bike, at some point, they’ll sit back, pull out the water bottle and have a wee drink, and move on -whereas forest bathing is a different concept altogether

It is simply going for a walk or spending time in nature

And

rather be in the mode of doing and pursuing it’s the mode of

relaxing, reflecting

and

soaking up, bathing and basking in the atmosphere around

It is said to bring down, and reduce, blood pressure, stress levels

The science

If you look into the more the scientific sort of side of it,

the trees are releasing pheromones

I think of the word ‘pheromones’ as like -in my idea, it’s kind of like endorphins

or happy chemicals and the effects that they have within our bodies.

What to ‘do’

When in nature just take time to sit

and notice the leaves, as the wind goes through them,

Listen and notice the sounds. Look and see the wee insects or the bugs that are about.

Listen to the birds.

And just be okay with doing nothing.

I would imagine for somebody that climbs mountains

or goes hiking and things like that,

the time where they would really bathe in it and

bask in it is the point where they reach the peak or as high or far as they would like to go and they just sit and look around and soak in the beautiful view around them

And so – it’s not something that

I would say you must go out and do this.

It’s one of those things that I would encourage

people to spend more time ‘doing’

Simply go out just for the walk and as you do every once

in a while just to pause and notice.

Spending time near rivers and streams

Now it’s fascinating walking right near where there’s water

where there’s a bit of a river flowing somewhere,

Even though it’s the same river that you’re walking around and along.

Have you ever noticed at different points the water changes

the current changes, the water might fly over some rocks for a bit

as it makes a ‘russelly’ noise

and other points that can be pure still.

While at other points you could just hear a wee bit of

a waterfall percolating down into the lake/stream or river

Notice just to be aware and notice the different things that are going on and just notice most importantly,

how you feel within the experience and afterwards after coming out of spending time in nature

and reflect on it compared to how you felt before going in

you might notice there’s a bit of a difference.

Is it addictive?

You might want to do it a wee bit more

and with it being the great outdoors

it might be an idea to wear suitable clothing

if its a cold day – layer up

if it is wet where you’re going -wear boots or

something amenable to where you going.

Even places like the beach and the seaside being able to walk bare feet and touch the very earth that you’re walking on is a form of bathing when done in a relaxed way.

Something that’s been very powerful

for me to recognise and notice at times is realise that

at some point

this body

dies off

and turns into the very stuff we’re walking on

and being in it and walking around it.

At some point, we come out of the ground

in some way shape or form

and the body goes back in

sometimes it’s a reminder that

what really is the important things to look out for in life and notice if life is serving you and how you can we leave this place we are in, a better place for anyone else coming along because our experience of it is very short

The Ultimate timeline

If you look at the thousands

or billions of years that the world’s been here.

Many species that have come and gone

we’re a tiny tiny drop in that timeline.

And while the earth itself is still here still doing its thing.

Still going through cycles it’s seasons

This is just a nice wee place to be

so that’s a little bit about forest bathing or spending time in nature

Simply be comfortable sitting somewhere in nature

away from the usual distractions

to simply sit with it not trying to do anything

not trying to get something out of it.

Just being okay in your own skin.

Sitting around the skin of the planet

I hope this is helpful for somebody reading this

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