“When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us.
Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things.
When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us.”
John O’ Donohue: Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
Shinrin-yoku translates from the Japanese as a forest bath or forest shower. I like to translate this term to mean a total full-being immersion in the nurturing qualities of the forest and the trees.
Taking time to relax, surrender, de-armour ourselves and be held by the forest is an unforgettable experience that leaves us feeling softer, clearer, sharper and more grounded.
Engaging our senses teaches us so much about our relationships with life. Research has clearly demonstrated the physiological and psychological benefits of Forest Bathing which include:
- Increase in immune function and anti-cancer proteins
- Lowered stress hormones and reduction in trauma symptoms
- Reduced anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue
- Increased metabolism and reduction in metabolic disorders
- Decreased insomnia and sleep issues
- Reduction of blood pressure and heart rate
- Increase in activity of the Parasympathetic Nervous System