Of Forest-bathing

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness…
Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away, once in a while….climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
~ John Muir

Our mountain retreat

Most of us know intuitively about the rejuvenating and restorative benefits of being up close with nature in the wild. The Japanese have a name for it~’Shinrin-yoku’, that simply translates to ‘forest-bathing’. It’s an idea that the Japanese government first propagated in the 1980s and a concept the people readily took to. This nature therapy has subsequently been backed with research and scientific studies and now forms an important part of their preventive health care. From Japan the practice has found its way to many other countries where organised groups promote this eco-therapy as a de-stress technique that improves your overall feeling of wellbeing.

Our escape to the Himalayan mountains from Delhi’s searing heat took us to a property where there was literally nothing else to do but spend time walking around among the surrounding cedar and pine wood forests. And so we discovered the “tonic of wilderness!” Our walk on the very first day took us on a track—an abandoned road to another village—that meandered through a thick forest of stately deodars, pines, sal trees with their fresh green leaves and rhododendrons in full bloom peeping in here and there. The hotel staff had assured us there were no wild animals in the area; and except for a dog and a calf on one occasion, we actually came across none! A car rambled past on that track one day and on a Sunday a big group of environment-enthusiasts from the city descended on the trail for a nature walk. For the rest of the time there was only silence broken by bird calls, some high-pitched trilling and chirping of insects, the wind rustling through the pines and the rhythmic stomp of our footsteps. And so every day of our stay, morning and evening we walked through this beautiful canopy of a living forest…soaking in the atmosphere and letting our senses enjoy this wondrous ‘forest-bathing’.

Pristine forest trails…

 

Hoping now to tackle the city-madness with renewed vigour…

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About sunsur81

A gatherer of thoughts...exploring myths,metaphors and expressions of life...
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2 Responses to Of Forest-bathing

  1. So... says:

    Nice to see you back and such beautiful pictures!

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