Shinrin-yoku means forest bathing. Not literally taking a bath in a forest (although that would be cool). It means to absorb the essence of the forest. #Shinrin-yoku
is a form of nature therapy. When you enter a wooded area, take note of the little things you see, feel and hear in the forest. Focus on these things and forget anything else for the moment.
With this lockdown, I am very grateful to live very close to a beautiful wood. I always liked taking walks or jogging in this #woodland
but I am even more appreciative of the trees now. The silver birches sway gently on the hillside, whilst the old gnarly trees stand firmer than ever. The ancient oaks still stand bare, but soon leaves will adorn their wide branches. Moss on the dry-stone walls looks alive with its various shades of green. The ground has finally dried and the sound of crunching twigs can be heard from below.
I am not great at sitting still so doing meditation in my living room is something I have yet to master. Yet, whilst walking in the forest I feel very much at peace. I think this is my form of #meditation
– walking amongst the trees and bathing in the essence of the forest.
Whilst the images above were not taken in my local woodland, they were taken in #Japan
, they all seem to portray a sense of shinrin-yoku.
Do you have a woodland close to you that you can enjoy at the moment?