Forest Healing

Shinrin Yoku  -- Japanese Forest Bathing 

Shinrin in Japanese means 'forest,' and yoku means 'bath'. So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

                                              --excerpt from ' Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness' by Dr. Qing Li

                                              -- see the Business Insider article here

See Dr Qing Li in the video below plus two other videos about forest bathing. The other videos are about other uses of nature for healing.

Lost in the Forest

Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

Something from far off it seemed
deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves.

Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig
sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance
climbed up through my conscious mind

as if suddenly the roots I had left behind
cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood---
and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent. 

 

                                                                           Pablo Neruda

For many more additional books, articles and videos about the healing nature of forests, please see The Forest Library.