Forest bathing...or Shinrin-yoku as it is called in Japan. Research has shown that stress can be reduced by walking leisurely, or even sitting in a forest. Japanese scientists discovered that the scent of trees, the sound of a babbling brook and the feel of sunshine on one can have an immense calming effect.
Above is the forest my hubby and a friend hiked in this weekend along with a small group of people eager to learn more about the trees and just enjoy being in the outdoors.
Walking in a forest engages the senses and powerful hormonal and cellular responses are released.
Various kinds of moss are growing on old stumps and living trees.
Life is abundant on the forest floor.
And there's a diverse pallet of colour in the overhead canopy.
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A path beckons walkers to follow and a winding road leads to new vistas.
Essential oils released from the trees are a natural form of aromatherapy resulting in a wide range of psychological benefits.
I'm linking with Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.