When taking a relaxing walk in the great outdoors, we often allow nature to clear our minds and bring our attention to the present moment. The practice of forest bathing emphasizes the use of our senses to interact with our surroundings. But how does the history of the land we walk on affect our experience in it? In this week's article, Linda Karlen proposes important questions about the intersection of past and present in nature therapy.
Exercising in the great outdoors can be exhilarating and rewarding. The fresh air, beautiful scenery, and wildlife serve as a magnificent backdrop for maintaining our physical well-being. But what happens to our experience in the outdoors when our routine changes? This week, Lucien Meadows recounts the tale of a personal journey through recovery from an injury, and how it allowed him to discover a new world in a place he once thought familiar.
We invite you to join us for Forest Bathing Day, when Forest Therapy Guides worldwide lead a connected walk experience for all people. This day emphasizes connection with the Earth and other nature enthusiasts, no matter the distance between us.
Flowing water, emerald hillsides, and mossy forests can give us a sense of relaxation, even if viewed in a picture. This week, photography student Cara MacNally shares her work with us, which focuses on the calming effect of nature through the lens of a camera.
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