"We are all connected:
to each other, biologically.
to the earth ,chemically.
to the rest of the universe, atomically"
Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Way of Nature : Shinrin Yoku -Forest Bathing-
One of the treasured memories of my childhood growing up in the vast pampas of Argentina is of running towards the endless horizon feeling alive and free. I remember my open arms, the cool breeze on my face, and the boundless pleasure in my heart.
Little did I know as a young girl that the connection I felt with nature would be the refuge I now turn to in the face of life’s uncertainty. Today I am offering that unspoken and intimate connection to the natural world to you as a way to a healthier and happier life.
I believe that the most important action we can take as human beings is to renew our bond to ourselves, to one another, and to the natural world.
The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, translated into English as Forest Bathing does just that.
Forest Bathing means immersing ourselves in nature and intentionally taking in the atmosphere through our senses. It is a practice of realignment with the natural world.
There is nothing in our human life that did not come directly from nature.
We evolved in nature, it is in our DNA, and we need a healthy relationship with it in order to thrive.
In the modern world, we have isolated ourselves from nature. We spend most of our time indoors and sadly undermine its medicinal qualities for the mind, body, and soul that contributes to our wellbeing.
Most of us who have experienced time in nature, whether an early morning hike in the mountains, a walk in the forest, or just taking in the beauty of a sunset, would say that it makes us feel better.
Our human body has the inner wisdom to recognize our biological need to connect with nature and organically fulfills that impulse when we allow it to do so.
Forest Bathing originated in Japan in response to a health crisis in the 1980’s when greater industrialization arrived and more of the Japanese population migrated from the countryside to the big cities. Stress, anxiety, and cancer skyrocketed.
At first, Forest Bathing was based on the intuitive idea that being in the beautiful green forests of Japan would be good for its people as well as preserve an important natural resource. Then, scientists became curious and initiated research into the effects of nature on the health of the Japanese population. The results were positive and irrefutably. Spending time in nature resets our nervous system. It is essential for our wellbeing.
The Japanese government immediately implementing the practice of Forest Bathing into their national health system. Physicians now prescribe walks in nature as preventive care and as a supplement to traditional medicine.
Today, millions of people walk the healing trails of Japan’s forest.
The practice of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing can:
Reduce blood pressure
Improve cardiovascular and metabolic health
Lower blood sugar levels
Improve concentration and memory
Improve pain thresholds
Boost the immune system with an increase in the count of the body natural killer (NK) cells
Increase anti-cancer protein production
Being in nature outshines the most advance medical spa in the world