Forest Bathing exposes you to the experience of nature through our senses and awareness. You’re not going to any predefined place like you do with a GPS but instead you are engulfing yourself in the sounds, smells and sights that nature has to offer.
What you’re seeking after leaving your analytical mind behind lies in the experience you witness via ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Ever sit outside and hear the birds rejoicing in song or feel the breeze on a beautiful day rustling the leaves of the trees.
Look to different colors of green displayed by the trees and the filtering of sunlight through the leaves and branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the are as you take breaths deeply as an infant does correctly.
Hug a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in the waters of a stream. Simply lie on your back on the ground facing the sky.
The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides.
Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Watch a frog watching you. Lie on the ground and drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.
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