Shinrin-Yoku

It’s been awhile since I last wrote anything for the blog.  Since the beginning of April I have been traveling. I’ve been to Germany; California; Grants Pass,  Florence and Newport, OR.  And I have one more short tripstill to go.

Each trip has been different and unique with their own lessons and fun times.  That said, all that coming and going is a bit disquieting and tiring and it’s hard to stick to any kind of routine.

During the trip to Florence,  I was with a great group of women.  We stopped at Sweet Creek Falls to try the practice of Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing.  It is simply just being in the forest.  You take your time, walk slowly, breathe, open all your senses and experience being in nature.

Sweet Creek Falls was perfect for this.  There weren’t many other people there, the hike is easy and there are 11 waterfalls to see if you hike the whole trail, about 3 miles round trip.  We took our time, stopped when we felt like it, took pictures, looked at plants and birds, relaxed and enjoyed being out in the forest.

Just that short amount of time spent out in nature and really being present has made such a difference in my attitude,  my overall peace of mind and my sense of joy.  I still have lots to do, but I feel more at peace, unhurried and at ease.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend you try Shinrin-Yoku and soak in the essence of the forest.

 

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