I have always found going for a walk in the woods to be wondefully theraputic. Over the years it has become an essential part of my self-care routine. Walking in the woods, no matter what the weather is like, helps to clear my mind, provides deeper access to my intuition, and eases my heart. 

A few years ago, I discovered a Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku that completely describes the therapy of walking in the woods.  It has been translated into english as Forest Bathing - taking in the forest atmosphere.  

Studied Benefits (from The Shinrin Yoku Organization) of Forest Bathing include:

  • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells. (Research Study)
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced stress (Research Study)
  • Improved mood
  • lowered Cortisol ( Research Study )
  • Increased ability to focus,
  • Helped with ADHD
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
  • Increased energy level
  • Improved sleep

Forest Bathers also have reported:

  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
  • Increased flow of eros/life force
  • Deepening of friendships
  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

Looking Deeper - Research & Articles on Forest Bathing

Conclusion

Go for a walk in the woods!!!! You will feel even better than you already do!!!

Love,

Lance

 

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