Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taking A Bath Outside


There is a small area in the park we frequent that has survived the ravages


of the north Atlantic winds and was left pretty much unscathed by Hurricane Juan in 2003.


There is something very enchanting about a path into the woods, don't you think?


This one beckoned us '3 amigos'  last week.


And into the woods we went.


Almost immediately upon entry one has the feeling of calmness.


The Japanese have a term for this: Shinrin-yoku or 'forest-bathing'.
(Click on the above name.)


If you can, try this out for yourself. The best bath of your life!




28 comments:

  1. Jim, I go along with all those words, in times of trouble I walk among our tall trees, the soothing noise of leaves rustling, and branches swaying, the tall trunks offering shelter, some cut wood and an odd stump to sit and ponder, we are indeed very fortunate if we have trees nearby to offer all this and so much more. Lovely photos, super colours. Greetings from Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean for stopping by....considering how you have been feeling lately. I hope things are improving daily for you and Hugh. Yes, maybe an easy stroll or 'sit-down' near or in a wooded area would do you both good when you are able to do so.

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  2. i never feel more comfortable than when i walk in the woods.

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    1. Hi Jaz! Me too....just you and the trees.

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  3. A walk in the woods is so much different from a walk anywhere. I agree about the calming effect, it's wonderful, no matter what time of year.

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    1. If I am correct Sharon, you have lots of wooded areas, right? No excuse then....time for a Shinrin-yoku moment.

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  4. Shinrin-yoku! Thank you so much for introducing me to this concept -- I know this evocative experience but had no specific language for it. This is why I love Japanese culture!

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    1. The Japanese culture has names for all those things we can't find words for.

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  5. I wish we had "woods" in Los Angeles, but I am still able to get away to nature from time to time. I have to calm myself with the beach or the hills. But I do long for the woods on occasion.

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    1. Hi Tony. I know I get a similar feeling of calmness at the beach as well. I think it's allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the 'forces'/powers of nature that brings this good feeling to surface.

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  6. That path just beckons. You can feel so isolated from all the problems in the world by walking through the woods.

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    1. Yes it does, Pat. I couldn't resist it any longer! lol
      Maybe that is it...leaving all the problems of the world behind in the light.

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  7. So beautiful. Maybe it's time for a forest bath!

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    1. Any forest near you in Spain, Mitch? If so, I highly recommend a bath! Bring San Geraldo along as well!

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  8. I love it too-I always feel blessed to live in the woods

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    1. Kathy, you are so fortunate. This would explain your calm, steady nature and easy going way.

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  9. 'Shinrin-yoku' I love that term, Jim, and I do a lot of that. It certainly is the best bath of all. There's no place I'm happier than surrounded by Mother Nature.

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    1. I hear you Martha. Yesterday I had an appointment in the city and found myself in the midst of downtown traffic, people and sounds.....OK for a short time but any longer it can be overwhelming. An hour later we found ourselves on this path in the woods.... day and night.

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  10. I do it often, Jim and can attest that it cleans and calms my spirit.

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    1. I know you do Barb. I always get a sense of calmness from your posts about your nature walks. Barb, I hope things are slowly coming back to normal for all those affected by those floods in Colorado....must be very unsettling for all of you. Thoughts are with you all.

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  11. Not much in the way of forests here where I live... do cornstalks count? :)

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    1. Sure would count, Nancy! Nature is nature!

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  12. Love those walks in the woods, and you have made it look so mysterious and inviting. I always feel so "protected" when I am in amongst the trees! Lovely processing. So you already experienced needing a backup camera. Was not exactly what i had planned in my budget... but 4-6 WEEKS with out a camera... no way! Have a wonderful week

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    1. Hi Jeanne.Thanks. 'Protected' is a good word to describe the feeling.
      Have fun with that new Nikon!!

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  13. Forest-bathing! I love it. There is nothing like a walk in the woods! I have to go up into the mountains to get a forest-bath ~ but I love my wide open prairie skies here! Take care!

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    1. And I can see why you would love them, Louise. I am sure the Japanese may have a word for 'wide open prairie skies' too.

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  14. have to calm myself with the beach or the hills. But I do long for the woods on occasion. Travesti

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