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The different ways we can look at this.
The path waiting to see if you are ready to explore. Ready to go in a new direction. Ready to be surprised by what be around the next bend.
We come to visit, rarely to stay but we can learn how to take what is here and make it a part of us Take it with us everywhere.
Rediscovering how we are part of something more.
Left, right, above, below, she is everywhere.
Wonderful to see how Forest Walking and Forest Bathing have become a thing. Healing modalities bringing people closer to nature.
The forest has always been a part of my life from the time I was seven. A time when I had only 7 houses to walk past before I could disappear into the trees for hours and hours.
I may not have understood at seven the healing that being in that space took up in my heart and in my spirit. I just knew somehow here I felt safe. Which may seem like a strange word to use but looking back through the years, that is the one that best describes what was there.
In the forest, I could be me. In the forest, I felt its healing. I was surrounded all around me by miles of trees. To the right. To the left. Their roots tangled below me. Their boughs blocking out the sun above me. I was entirely surrounded by these gentle giants, these things that we call trees. And all the life that lived here in the symmetry that is a forest.
The forest, the trees still delight me, still, fill me here with a feeling of healing. There is such a gentle peace here when you are with them.
But as healing as the forest can be, how can you ask people to participate in something you call forest walking? Because the forest doesn't exist everywhere.
There are prairies and deserts, seasides, and so many other places that nature exists where trees are not common. Yet still each unique and just as healing in their own way. So the concept holds no matter what part of nature you have the opportunity of experiencing.
The concept of forest bathing is perhaps more evocative than forest walking of what the purpose of what I think many are trying to share. The idea mirroring the idea of being surrounded right, left, up, down, that a forest does so easily.
The idea to immerse yourself in what is here.
To bathe yourself in the sensations of what is here to experience.
To give yourself the opportunity to immerse yourself, to bathe in the air of the unique scents, the feel of the air, the presence of these other lives who cannot move yet somehow see more than we do as they experience every minute of every day under the wind and the sun and the sky while we miss it all when we step inside.
Their connection is unbroken from the time the seed enters the earth - to the time when their boughs no longer feel the weight of the leaves, a time their time is done.
So forest bathing is to immerse yourself in nature. To do what they do. To stop and be here, fully present in this moment. A moment that, in some ways, seems neverending. Stop so that you can be here with them.
Stop so that you can bathe here in the essence of what is here.
Because there is no other place, they can ever be.
They can't move, and to see them, we need to go where they are, and maybe we just see them better because, at that moment, we come closer to who they are because, in the stopping, we mirror their entire existence.