Forest Bathing And Health Benefits
Indigenous people’s used to live close to the land. Our ancestor’s days were spent in the forest and on the water. We were a part of nature. We knew intuitively that this would help to balance us. With our more modern conveniences however we no longer have that close association with nature and we are less healthy as a result. Going back to nature, feeling the benefits of being a part of the land, takes conscious effort and planning. In other words, we need to get out in nature more. One way is to do forest bathing. In the past several decades there have been many scientific studies to remind us that there are healing effects to be found in wild and natural areas.
For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer. Here are some other ways being in the forest can help our health
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
- Deeper and clearer intuition
- Increased flow of energy
- Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
- Increased flow of eros/life force
- Deepening of friendships
- Overall increase in sense of happiness
Let me leave you with this thought from Alan Watts.
"You didn't come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here."