Did you Know there is a natural way
of increasing the effectiveness of your immune system by spending a little time in Nature/the woods?
Forest bathing, or what I’m calling forest immersion, does not necessarily require a deep dark forest.
We are from the forest and the forest is inside us. We have lost the notion we are connected to everything.
There is no part of us that is not connected to Nature. Feeling the interconnectedness of us to Everything in Nature. Another word for interconnectedness, The Butterfly Effect. If a butterfly flaps its wings over here it could start a tornado over there. Everything, everything is connected.
What is Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing or what I'm calling Forest Immersion?
It was developed in Japan in the early 80s and they realize there are substantial physiological effects of spending time in nature. In Japan, I’ve heard Forest bathing would often start with a blood pressure and cortisol test. At the end of the two hours with the guide, your blood pressure and cortisol would be checked again. In almost every situation, it was better: lower blood pressure and less cortisol.
How is Forest Immersion different than a hike?
It depends on the focus: a hike you’re going from here to there and you might have a certain time you’re going to spend doing it but you’re going to a certain place. In Forest Immersion, you’re going to be in the forest and very often will come back with interesting little bits of information about how you are connected to that forest.