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Inspirational Sunday ~ Forest Bathing? Dive In

“What does a physician need to feel comfortable writing a prescription to someone to go spend time in nature?”

For those who have regular contact with nature likely harbour a knowing about the not-so-subtle benefits on their overall sense of well-being. The concept of Nature bathing as a prescription from a medical professional is perhaps a bit far fetched. Or is it?

After speaking to an acquaintance (that happens to produce a kava beverage) who was panicking on the telephone about having to do another production run before the Holiday Season because they were completely out of stock – an unexpected surprise, it struck me just how much of a pressure cooker we live in with no pressure relief valve.

I started my own search for a pressure relief valve several years ago and stumbled upon the concept of Shinrin-Yoku which has changed my life…from concrete walls to a farm.

The term Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982, and can be defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest.

A study (one of many on this subject) published in the Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine Journal in January 2010 showed that being in nature had a significant effect on salivary cortisol levels, blood pressure, pulse rate, and heart rate variability which were used as physiological response indices before and after contact with nature.

The results showed that forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity (fight or flight) than do city environments.

Their results contributed to the development of a research field dedicated to forest medicine, which may be used as a strategy for preventive medicine.

Below is a very powerful and inspiring video about Shinrin-yoku and the significant role it plays in preventative medicine, self-care and over all quality of life.

Is Nature Bathing on Your Vision Board for 2018?

Learn More

Dive into shinrin-yoku or become a trained guide in 2018.

Get a free Shinrin-yoku  starter kit by signing up at shinrin-yoku.org for their newsletters. Access their informative printouts, links to research articles and resources as well as opportunities for guide training.

For more information, purchase one of their 40-page handbooks.

A Little Handbook of Shinrin Yoku by M. Amos Clifford

 

Grow~Share~Thrive

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A Walk in the Forest ~ Nature Photography

In honor of Earth Day (April 22). Every day is Earth Day. We are all stewards of this planet and must do everything to nurture our nature.

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The spring rain brings out the most beautiful wild forest flowers. We went on a hike with a mission to seek out these meadows where fairies surely frolic and tend to the new arrivals.

Perhaps they shelter beneath the Fawn Lilies when the warm rains come so as not to get their wings damp. Little children create umbrellas from the lilies, too.

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Fawn lily is beautiful but shy, rarely showing her face. Like a patient mother, she bows to help the spring critters drink her nectar in a dry place.

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Purple shooting stars stand like lanterns that delight the eye and drawing near those who look upon them.

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In love and light, we meander through the misty morning woods. Our hearts filled with the scent of a forest awakening.

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~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

All photography by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017

Featured Digital Design by Artiso

Original Photograph of Hyacinths by Jane Grueber

Digital Manipulations by @Clarityisjustsohip

Location: Central Vancouver Island

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Spring Delights ~ Nature Photography

Spring has been rather rainy this year and it has coaxed out the lush beauty that has been laying dormant. As we walked through the woods, it was impossible not to envisage fairies fluttering busily and gnomes working away on culverts beneath our feet.

The buzz of the bees overhead as we were playing in the yard was a sure sign of spring. Toiling eagerly, gathering nectar, flying back and forth from our flowers to their hive. It is no surprise. Such vibrant colours make us all stand up and take notice.

                      ~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photographs by Jane Grueber

See more of my photographs at JaneGrueber.com/photograps/