I’m sure you’ve heard the term “tree-hugger.” You know that type of person I mean: those folks who seem to get a high whenever they go hiking in the woods, those nature lovers who sit and meditate in groves of trees. We should not laugh. These people have long known what hard science is now saying is true: that spending time in a natural setting with lots of trees reduces stress and acts as a preventative to some diseases. The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, or “Forest Bathing”. This therapeutic practice was developed in Japan in the 1980’s and is now trending elsewhere. The list of health benefits is impressive.
I live in an arid area where it takes hours to drive to anywhere with a forest. So I am making due with finding local botanical gardens and parks with a few big trees. Yesterday, for example, I walked down to a city park near my home, found a bench, activated a meditation app on my device, and did some mindful breathing in the shade of several giant sycamores and stone pines. Call me a tree-hugger if you must, but I think I’m on to something good here and I intend to keep it up.
ljgloyd (c) 2018