Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Monday, November 9, 2015

Forest Bathing

Shinrin Yoku, as it's called in Japan.  There are health benefits to spending time in the woods, according to Japanese studies; it reduces stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression.  I've been super interested in the concept of Earthing this month, and wonder if this "forest bathing" benefit isn't partially coming from the fact that the trees are grounded and create an umbrella of grounding for us as we walk through the woods.  Synthetic shoe soles don't ground us to the earth, but walking barefoot, especially at the beach, does. I always feel so great after walking along the beach. Walking in the woods feels good too, but for me not quite the same as barefoot at the beach.


Laura~Pretty Pix said...

I totally agree... Forests provide us with so much goodness for the soul.
Lovely capture!

Giga said...

I love walking in the woods and birch growing in it. Regards.

TexWisGirl said...

at first glance, this image reminds me of lichen. :)

Linda W. said...

Ah yes, that's why I hike. :)