‘Forest bathing’ helps people and nature connect

By Kit Wiberg

Imagine if trees could speak. What would they say? As you’re walking through a forest, what would you hear? 

Imagine hearing screams, weeping, calls for help as all the trees surrounding suffer in a loud silence. 

But what if the trees could project feelings outward? Would they exude confusion, anger, sadness, fear, hopelessness, hopefulness?

With everything forests do to sustain human life, including providing oxygen, it’s hard to understand why they are suffering at the hands of humans today. 

Climate change is choking the life out of forests worldwide. Changes in the temperature, weather and elevated levels of carbon dioxide are impacting forest ecosystems all over the planet. Humans are the main culprits.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku and encourage it to be implemented in everyday life. Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, is meant to reestablish one’s connection with nature to deepen the understanding of the ways of the world.
Kit Wiberg

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