Monday, December 18, 2017

The Trees and I

To me it doesn't matter what season it is.  I've always been attracted to trees.  Perhaps it's because my sister, when in High School, would draw trees....trees with leaves, trees in the Winter...always trees and they were beautiful.  Then again, it could be because of my rural upbringing, trudging through the woods to chop the ice on the brook so the Angus and horses would have free-flowing water.  Perhaps it's because, when we lived in VA, we were surrounded by 17 acres of forest.  Needless to say, my love for trees, whether conifers, evergreens or deciduous, continues.






 

Well, in a recent article published in Connecticut Woodlands, I read about something called Shrinrin-yoku, or forest bathing.  No, I have never participated in a class.  However, I think I might as CFPA (Connecticut Forest and Parks Assoc) will continue to host "Forest Bathing Rambles."

And no, you don't literally take a bath in the forest.  Apparently, according to the article, Shrinrin-yoku, a Japanese practice, "is a slow, meditative walk in the woods."  According to studies, by reducing cortisol levels, it can reduce anxiety, and stress and "improve the immune system by boosting natural killer cells."


The silent walks are conducted by a guide, pausing periodically to focus on one sense at a time.  According to the article and the instructor, "It is really about the trees.  Nature affects our human biology.  We need it more and more in our society."


While reading the article, I kept thinking about my "sit spot" in the woods, feeling the serenity and calmness when I walk home.

After reading the article and deciding I wanted to pursue this, I thought that Google would be another resource.  I found this:




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This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yokuis a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.



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The Trees and I

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7 comments:

doodles n daydreams said...

I love trees, love your photos and think taking a slow walk in the forest would be wonderfully restorative :)

Diana

Ann said...

Loving all your tree photos. I also love trees. Forest bathing sounds like something I could use. Now to find a forest I can use.

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting to read this.
I love being around trees, seeing trees ...
A walk outside is just wonderful.

Loved your photographs

All the best Jan

Red Rose Alley said...

The tree picture with the fog is beautiful. Yes, I can see how silent walks in the woods can be healing. Stepping into nature always brings me peace, and thanks for this gentle reminder to do that this Christmas season. : )

~Sheri

Debby said...

I'm a tree lover as well. I grew up near Redwood forests, in San Francisco and the north coast. I now live in the middle of 3 national forests. I plant trees all the time.

Love your post.

Rambling Woods said...

I love trees and the yard seems so naked with the leaves are down....Michelle

Florence said...

I love trees too!! One of my favorite childhood memories is reading on quilt under a tree and looking up through the leaves at the sky and clouds.

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