"It is clear that our bodies still recognize nature as our home," observes Yoshifumi Miyazaki, who explains forest bathing (shinrin-yoku), the Japanese practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, whether for a morning hour, a long afternoon, or an entire day. Using all of your senses as you stroll and breathe deeply, the essential oils of the trees are absorbed by your body and have an extraordinary effect on positive feelings, stress hormone levels, nervous systems, blood pressure, heart rate, and brain activity. As we walk, Miyazaki suggests, we become observers of both the environment around us and the workings of our own minds.
Walking In The Woods
Author: Yoshifumi Miyazaki.