Forest Therapy - Shinrin-yoku

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Shinrin-yoku,
The meaning is taking a 'Forest Bathing'.
It was developed in Japan during the 80s and has become a preventive way of healing in Japanese medicine.
Research has established a robust body on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
The "meditation" is simply if a person visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
There are demonstrating mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being 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 systems way of fighting cancer.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
❥ Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
❥ Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
❥ Increased energy level
❥ Improved sleep
❥ Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural killer cells.
Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make this part of our regular practice: 
❥ Increased flow energy
❥ Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
❥ Increased flow of eros/life force
❥ Deepening of friendship 
❥ An overall increase in sense of happiness
❥ Deeper and clearer intuition
❥ Reduced blood pressure
❥ Reduced Stress
❥ Improved mood
People are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.
Shinrin-yoku forest combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopy with guided activities to help you open your senses, home your intuition, and experience the forest on you never have before.
Have a look into the mindfulness meditation practice and the techniques of deep nature connection mentoring. 
Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing) invites participants to take time out of their busy lives so they can slow down and connect with the calming and health-giving benefits of trees and nature connection.
To Do:
🌿Daily Dosage: practice 15-20 minutes Start a "sit spot" in your garden or nearby park.
*Find a comfortable place.
* Turn off your phone
*Noticing the trees, birds sounds and fragrances. 
*Bring your awareness to your own breath, close your eyes and allow your senses to take in what nature is offering you in the moment. 
*Be with nature every day.
🌿Daily Dosage: regular walk for 30 minutes.
* Turn off your phone
*Allow yourself to stop 
*Take slow time in nature
*Pause to noticing nature through the changing seasons
*Notice what happens withing you
🌿Monthly Dosage: a session with a forest Therapy Guide
🌿🌿Benefits:
*Stronger Immune system
* Lower blood pressure
* Decreased cortisol/ stress hormone
* Improved mood
* Better sleep
* Increased vigour, focus and energy
Have a look into 
www.foresttherapy.bluemountains
or
www.shinrin-yoku.org

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