I’m on a mission to review all my outstanding non-fiction books this month, since it’s non-fiction November. And there’s a lot! Will I be able to do it? I’ll give it my best shot.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Do you like slowly wandering around the woods with no particular aim than to take in the surrounding beauty, breathe in the fresh air and be present and at one with nature? Then this book Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Way of Forest Bathing for Health and Relaxation by Yoshifumi Miyazaki, should definitely be on your bookshelf! Honestly, if you’d asked me if there was such as thing a couple of weeks ago, I would have laughed at you and told you, you were just lazy. But it really is a thing.
Shinrin Yoku or ‘forest bathing’ was developed in Japan in the 1980s and brings together ancient ways and wisdom with cutting edge environmental health science. Believe it not, (oh, you must!) there are now forest bathing stations and walkways scattered throughout Japan, but you don’t have to all the way over there (although I would love to) to experience this simple, calming practice. No! With this book you can learn the art, strap on your walking shoes and get on out there and start your own Shinrin Yoku pathway.
Although, reading the book, it’s got a certain appeal and much more “hippyish” in China, including an itinerary of forest therapy (and tree-hugging), soba-noodle making, pottery workshops and stargazing – and that’s just day one! Can also include mediation, yoga, aromatherapy and forest concerts.
Involving all the senses, and taking all the greenery around you (and green is a very relaxing colour) you will find Shinrin Yoku benefits you in ways you didn’t know were possible. Numerous tests and studies have been made for this book. One example I’d like to share was how subjects were monitored (and properly measured) after just 15 mins walking in the morning, and 15 mins sitting and viewing the greenery in the afternoon. This short break in everyday life – reduced stress, blood pressure, pulse rate and cortisol, and increased a whole range of feelings from comfort and calmness with a decrease in anxiety.
Another great example showed the effects of just staring at a Bonsai tree for 60 seconds. Well, I tell you, I’m getting everyone I know who needs de-stressing a Bonsai tree for Christmas! It will be the best bloody present they could ask for – even if they do look at me as if I’m going mad when I ask them to just do one thing for me. Sit and stare at it for 60 seconds every day…
Now. Are there any Bonsai specialists in the UK? I want one or two.
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Bonsai trees are like fish tanks for me. They look beautiful and are soothing, but when something goes wrong and fish (or trees) start to die, they cause immense stress. 😀
Haha! I never thought of that, having never owned one before. Maybe I’ll be okay, since I do own a fish tank lol
I bought a dwarf lion fish and a red flame angel for my aquarium. The lion fish was about 30.00 dollars, and the flame angel was 100.00. After about a week, the flame angel went missing, and the lion fish had a bulge in his belly. That was an example of stress, as my flame became the most expensive food I’ve ever given to a fish.
Lol I can see how that can be stressful! I just have easy to manage loaches . They started off skinny inch long things now they’re almost a foot long and have learnt to splash me for attention when I go by lol they also fart very loudly!! 😁🐡🐠🐟
Are they clown loaches?
No just plain grey ones… little commoners lol are the clown 🤡 versions striped?
Yes, they are orange and black. I had a school of 6 once. They were very active fish.
Yes! Must just be a different kind of the same species. And yes they are very active and live to splash me if I’ve not fed them in the morning lol
I wish we had these in my country! 😉
Me too! 😁🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
I used to do this. Didn’t know there was a name for it. I’d walk in the woods, find a stump or fallen tree to sit on and just take it all in. I wouldn’t dream of doing it where I live now. Too many dangerous and poisonous things out there.
How lovely! Yes it’s a shame how things have changed x