A simple antidote to our nature-starved lives,The Joy of Forest Bathingis an enticing and comprehensive introduction to forest bathing—or Shinrin-yoku, in Japan—the meditative practice of connecting with nature and disconnecting from the distractions of daily life.
Full sensory immersion in the beauty andwonder of nature and trees can producemental, emotional, and physical health benefits. Research has shown that forest bathing lowers blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels; improves mood; and may even boost our immunity to cancer and other diseases.
The Joy of Forest Bathinginvites you to experience the benefits of this healing practice for yourself. Learn thehistory and backgroundof forest bathing, followed bydetailed instructions for establishing a forest bathing practicein your own adopted “wild home,” encompassed in three steps:
1. Disengagement from your daily routine 2. Deep breathing and nature connection through a series of quiet activities or “invitations” 3. Transitioning back to your daily life
This restorative activitycan be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities: children, teenagers, and even senior citizens with limited mobility and people recovering from illness and surgery. And you don’t need to travel to the Japanese alps to experience the benefits of forest bathing.All you need is a small patch of untouched (or lightly touched) natureto adopt as your “wild home.”
Within, findpractical tips and inspiration for forest bathing through the seasons: in the winter, when the leafless trees open up new vistas; in the spring, when you can hear the melodious serenade of song birds as they nest in the newly formed green canopy; in the summer, watching the butterflies nectaring on wildflowers; and in the autumn, when you can catch glimpses of hurried squirrels storing food for the winter.
The Joy of Forest Bathingintroduces a variety ofactivities that can be enhanced with forest bathing elements, such as mindfulness practices, exercise, art and writing, and outdoor celebrations. Learn, too, how surrendering to the mysteries of nature canprovide guidance through difficult times.
As you find nourishment in nature, you will instinctively begin to wonderhow you can preserve and protect this healing resource. This guide includes suggestions for tending to your “wild home.”
Illustrated throughout withenchanting artworkby Dutch illustrator Lieke van der Vorst and stunningnature photography,The Joy of Forest Bathingis the perfect guide to enhancing your life with the wondrous world of nature.