Friday, October 7, 2011

Forest Bathing....Shinrin-Yoku

Did you know that the Japanese
have a saying for the therapeutic effect
of walking or bathing in the forest air
~~~ Shinrin-Yoku ~~~
helps promote relaxation
and rejuvenation of the mind, spirit and body.
Since I visit  the park and/or the woods near the beaches daily,
I know exactly what Shinrin-Yoku means.
My suggestion would be for everyone to find the time
to take a walk in the nearest
 forest or woods 
and breath in the air and bathe in the smells
 of the living trees, mosses, fallen trees,
bushes, needles, berries 
and whatever you can find on your journey.
Then, and only then, 
will you have an understanding  of 


  1. Great shots, they give a person that walk in the woods feeling! I especially like the shot with the mini-waterfall, cool!

  2. Thanks Sharon....the forest really is a special place!

  3. I have a thing about trees -that third shot is my favourite ! x

  4. awesome post...I feel more relaxed already..

  5. And here I thought it was something you put in my China Tips tea! lol
    You two are always up to somethin'!

  6. For those of us that can't make it to the forest each day, it's great that you bring it to us in the form of these beautiful photographs.
    An added bonus in you forest bath is when you can get your paws wet and muddy. We call it muddypaws. It's very therapeutic.

  7. Oh Sophie
    I so enjoyed your lesson on Shinrin-Yuko. Thank you so much.
    Right now as I see you enjoying the trails, I can smell the sweet smells- so clean and fresh too.
    I feel as though I am with you.
    I can hear the droplets falling from your trees, as they fall on your head!
    I feel the soft moss under my toes.
    Your trails are so beautious, and yes, I am taking in a deep breath of all that you share with me.
    I think I will go look for one of those berries to pop in my mouth.
    What gorgeous photos!

  8. We love walking in the woods...we understand that feeling of being relaxed.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra &

  9. Ahh now I just want to go for a nice long walk in the woods.
    Beautiful pictures!! I hope you didn't pick up any ticks or fleas out there, Soph...

  10. Hello we saw you on Violets blog and thought we would come and meet you.

    Beautiful pictures what a terrific forrest walk.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  11. That's interesting - I didn't know that Japanese saying, but what I do know is that it fits in beautifully with your photographs! As always, they are fab. Hope you are having a fab weekend Ron ;-)

  12. I love the third shot too, and I love the concept of bathing in the forest air.

  13. I was steeling my nerves to head out to the noisy subway and crowds to spend the day in a windowless room of the library when I came upon your post...Thank you Sophie for your story and beautiful photos! Your post also triggered my memories of the tall redwoods in Santa Cruz as I make my journey...Hugs to you and your pops!

  14. What a beautiful walk you went on! Thanks for bringing us along with you.

    Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana

  15. Just beautiful Sophie!
    Saw the orange ball too :)

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  16. Hi Y'all,

    You have a beautiful reminded me that it has been too wet to go to the top of my mountain recently. There is nothing like a forest, especially if you have it mostly to yourself.

    Never knew I'd been bathing in the forest essence though. Thanks for teaching us about it.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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