“Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku)“. Japanese word meaning losing oneself in the forest – pure air, charming scents, lush vegetation & the natural songs of birds. Nothing compares to waterside & mountain forest trails. Scientists believe ‘forest days‘ are a wonderful way of reducing chronic pain & stress. Silence & serenity calms our mind. Forest activities are great for family bonding, as well. Absorbing the forest atmosphere brings out a sense of child-like wonder, beauty & joy.
Self-care can be gritty, but a life of sweet & simple rhythms can be sustained. A peaceful pause to reflect, to find balance & compassion, to reclaim parts of oneself gone missing in an accomplishment driven culture.