Forest Bathing

Forest bathing originated from the Japanese shinrin-yoku, meaning taking in the forest atmosphere. It was intended to urge folks to spend more time outdoors, especially among the trees. Many cultures, both ancient and modern, have recognized the importance of spending time in nature.

Benefits of forest bathing include lowered blood pressure, lower heart rate and stress reduction. I can concur with these benefits; a simple walk among the trees increases my sense of well-being. A longer hike increases both mental and physical well-being.

Below are several photos I made from the recent year’s travels; my sense of wonder and enjoyment cannot be expressed in words. Hopefully these photos express some of that.

For more information on forest bathing, check out this and other videos on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54Ik7i15uHk

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