Connecting to the forest and mother earth is not something new;
It has been in existence ever since 1800. It is now there more scientific studies are showing how amazing nature is.
This is why I love working with people in the forest and teach the ritual of a clearing, healing and protecting.
In Japan, for many years they have been using the forest for many healing benefits. They call it forest bathing/forest therapy.
“Forest therapy,” sometimes called “forest bathing,”
Comes from Japan. Here researchers are studying the physiological impact of spending more time in the woods.
So far, research has indicated that it does have measurable health benefits – it can lower levels of salivary cortisol that is the hormone that rises when we’re under stress.
It can also lower blood pressure and pulse rate and trigger a high increase in the activity of natural killer cells, which are produced by the immune system to ward off infection and fight cancer.
Sometimes, it might be difficult to see what is right and peaceful about this world.
The pressures of careers, family life, finances, and relationships can often keep us from realizing our full potential and reaching our aspirations.
Sometimes, people become so anxious and tense; they miss the glorious, peaceful moments that make life worth living.
Do you wake up every morning with the same feelings of pains and aches?
Do you sometimes find yourself wondering how your life ended up this way?
Do you feel as though you spend much of your time rushing around knocking things over?
Do you feel as though you can’t find pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
If so, I want you to assure you that these feelings do not have to last. There are ways to return to a peaceful and happy life and feel like yourself again
By spending time in the forest, going outdoors. It is also said that 15 minutes in the woods can change your mood.
Do not allow toxic relationships, exhausting chores, and soul-numbing monotony consume your life. Instead, return to nature and discover how nature can help you.
Why forest bathing works
Miyazaki, a physiological anthropologist and vice director of Chiba University’s Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences is the Japanese father of forest therapy.
He believes that because human beings evolved in nature, it’s where we are most comfortable, even if we don’t always know it.
Japanese researchers studying “forest therapy,” have found measurable health benefits:
- Lower cortisol
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood sugar
- Improved concentration
- Diminishes pain
- Improved immunity
- Less depression and hostility
- Increased vitality
- Gives a better concentration
- Increased creativity
When you are enjoying nature, you can rest the prefrontal cortex.
You’re more at the moment rather than thinking about your problems. The parts of the brain associated with being mindful and in a meditative state become very active, which has positive effects on mood and hoe the memory functions.
“Our physiological functions are still adapted to it. During everyday life, a feeling of comfort can be achieved if our rhythms are synchronized with those of the environment.”
It’s amazing the feeling you get from a tree.
It can give us energy. When we take long hikes in wooded areas, we often put our fingertips on the ends of the cedar or the pine needles.
Just standing there and touching them, you’re going to feel the energy come to you. Trees are emitting energy all the time.
Every needle of the tree, every leaf, is trying to make the atmosphere breathable for us. That’s why many people have great respect for trees.
What can you do when you can’t regularly walk in the woods?
- You can spend some time outside every day.
- Take a vacation to a natural area.
- Try to get into nature at least one weekend a month
- Visit a park weekly
- You can have a garden in your house.
- Take walks under trees.
- Relax your mind by going to quiet places
- Spend some time near water [it has healing powers, too]
- Go camping or rent a cabin in the woods for a weekend [two nights/three days is optimal]
- Plant trees!
- Fill your house with houseplants
Take advantage of the incredible healing powers of forests, enjoy what nature has to offer, and watch how amazing you feel day by day.
So grab a friend or go yourself and head out to the forest. I would love to hear your experiences and share them with others:)
Stay inspired, make things happen,
Awaken… the spirit that is within you…
Ignite … the fire that inspires you..
Align… with your hearts desires.
Susan E Brown