Forest bathing, aka meandering in nature, is a practice, similar to and aligned with yoga, meditation and prayer.
Developing a meaningful relationship with nature occurs over time, and the connection is deepened by returning frequently throughout the natural cycles of the seasons.
Have you ever gone in the woods, not to hike but just to be? When was the last time that you just sat in nature with no agenda?
When we are busy racing around almost all the time, it’s easy to forget to take a break and slow down. We may have become so accustomed to rushing, so immersed in the culture of speediness, even during yoga, that we no longer know how to stand still.
Forest bathing is more than just another self-care trend, it is an age-old practice of healing in the fresh air, of mindfully spending time with Mother Nature. The idea is that when humans spend time in a natural setting, especially under a lush forest canopy, we experience rejuvenating benefits to the mind, body, and spirit.
This is not a new concept. Traditionally, countless generations have sought the restorative benefits of the forest in everyday life. Of course, over the millennia, with the increase of industry and modern civilization, we moved away from the forest and into the hustle and bustle of the city. We lost touch with nature.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest bathing is the simple practice of connecting with nature with the intention of improving health. The technique was first developed in Japan in the late 80s and coined “shinrin-yoku.”