Sometimes in the midst of all the renovation and chaos I am living in, I wonder why it is I decided to move. I left a new home with a huge yard for a 1960’s home with a yard that needs to be gutted and regrown. I went from a serene space to holes in my floor, cracks in the ceiling, doorless rooms, and an endless renovation to do list.
However, I only have to look outside at the age-old trees, their canopy draping my house in an uplifting energy to be reminded. Seeing the silhouette of sturdy spruce trees against the backdrop of the night sky soothes my senses. And when I venture around the corner into the Whitemud Creek Ravine and the aspen forest, I am instantly carried out of the hectic pace of life and into the silence and stillness of the forest.
The Japanese have a term for this escape. They call it forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku, the medicine of being in the forest. One of the forerunners in researching wilderness therapy, Japan has 48 official Forest Therapy trails with the goal of reaching 100. Shinrin-yoku, a term coined by the government in the early 1980’s, is inspired by ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices to let nature enter your body through all five senses.
Next time you feel overwhelmed by stress or a chaotic fast paced life, step into a forest and feel the breeze move through your body, let in the sound of birds singing and trees swaying, breathe in the scent of aliveness, and allow yourself to be bathed in the healing energy of Mother Nature.
The music of wind rushing through trees,
the scent of evergreen swirling in the air
a forest of green to bath in.
Roots extending deep into the earth,
a column of trees sway
standing kin to kin.
I step outdoors into a sanctuary
of strength and healing.
This I know for sure
and I am held
in the bough of nature.
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