Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a practice of walking through the forest while engaging all of the senses as a means to sync our systems with nature. It is a form of forest medicine.
In his book “Forest Bathing”, Dr. Qing Li writes, “Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world. And when we are in harmony with the natural world we can begin to heal. Our nervous system can reset itself, our bodies and minds can go back to how they ought to be.”
I love this idea that we are coming home to ourselves in the woods.
What do you think?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.