Updated: Feb 11
If you live in an environment devoid of forests, trees, greenery, you may not be getting the full benefits that nature has to offer.
It has always been suggested that nature is a great healer – but now it seems we have some great scientific indicators that reveals this to be much truer than you may have first realised.
Shinrin Yoku is a Japanese term coined in the 1980’s that literally translates to ‘forest bathing’.
It’s a simple concept.
Go to a forest, walk slowly, breathe be silent and open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy - which has now also been integrated into preventative Japanese medicine.
Researchers in both Japan and Korea have developed an extensive body of scientific literature that both identify and quantify the health benefits of spending time in a forest.
Boosted immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, increased ability to focus, improved energy levels, improved sleep.
The flow on effects also seem to indicate an increased flow of energy (chi), deeper and clearer intuition, deepening of personal relationships, overall increase in general happiness and enhanced appreciation for the natural environment and all it’s species.
It’s pretty impressive when you think about it, something so simple having such a profound impact on your health and how you live your life.
It’s one of the reasons that most of the retreats we host are in the midst of natural environments as alignment with nature remains one of our key pillars. Those who were lucky enough to experience the natural life retreat earlier this year got a full taste of the powerful potential nature has as a transformative force.
Nature is not always peaceful, but regardless of the various cycles expressed and observed in nature, these are inescapably embedded in who you are. So getting a full appreciation of all nature has to offer is a coming home of sorts.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Alan Watts:
“You didn’t come into this world, you came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here...”
We’re back in Ubud again this October, exploring what nature teaches us about balance and how how it's manifested in your life - complete with all it’s awesome power and it's majesty.
Get in touch if you’re interested, just a few places left, you can read more HERE.