The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing

Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World

The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing

An engaging guide to the art of forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, for anyone who wants to explore the transformative power of nature in promoting health and happiness. Forest bathing is the art of spending intentional time in nature and is practiced throughout the world to increase health and restore well-being. More and more people are turning to forest bathing as an evidence-based way to unplug, relieve stress and anxiety, and spark creativity. Through simple invitations to slow down, walk in silence, cultivate tree energy, and connect with the sun and forest, this book enables you to incorporate the inspiring benefits of time spent in nature—a calm mind, renewed energy, boosted creativity, and inner peace—into your daily life to find deeper meaning and contentment.

Forest Bathing

The Rejuvenating Practice of Shinrin Yoku

Forest Bathing

Shinrin Yoku: "taking in the forest atmosphere," the medicine of simply being in the forest, "forest bathing." From the healing properties of phytoncides (self-protective compounds emitted by plants) to the ways we can benefit from what forest spaces can teach us, Forest Bathing: The Rejuvenating Practice of Shinrin Yoku discusses the history, science and philosophy behind this age-old therapeutic practice. Examples from the ancient Celts to Henry David Thoreau remind us of the ties between humankind and the natural world—ties that have become more and more elusive to Westerners. This book explains the traditional Japanese concepts that help readers understand and share in the benefits of the Japanese approach to forest bathing—a cornerstone of healing and health care in Japan. These concepts include: Yugen: Our living experience of the world around us that is so profound as to be beyond expression Komorebi: The interplay of leaves and sunlight Wabi sabi: Rejoicing in imperfection and impermanence The book goes on to offer guidelines for finding our replenishment in these peaceful, isolated spaces—from turning off the phone (or leaving it at home) to seeking the irregularities in nature, which in turn can make us less critical of ourselves. Finally, it offers tips not only on being fully present and mindful while you're in the forest, but also on how to take that mindfulness home with you—even if that home is the busiest and most crowded of cities.

Forest Bathing

Discovering Health and Happiness Through the Japanese Practice of Shinrin Yoku (A Start Here Guide)

Forest Bathing

Author and naturopathic physician Dr. Cyndi Gilbert introduces readers to the art and science of forest bathing, the deceptively simple Japanese practice of spending time in the forest as a way to find peace, rejuvenation, and to promote health. Dr. Gilbert shares her own personal history with the practice—how in the midst of an urban sprawl she lost touch with nature, only to rediscover it through the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing. In Forest Bathing, you'll discover the health benefits of Shinrin Yoku, from restoring Vitamin D to balancing your microbiome, along with the rich mental and emotional rewards that spending time surrounded by trees can offer. Forest bathing is a restorative, meditative activity for those who practice it by themselves, but Dr. Gilbert also explores the benefits of practicing forest bathing in community with family and friends. Most importantly, the book offers an easy and practical guide to begin your own forest bathing practice along with a resources section to help you further explore the topic. Learn to tap more deeply into your five senses, practice true mindfulness in sacred woodland spaces, and experience the healing impact of nature wherever you are. Other books in the Start Here Guide Series: Energy Healing: Simple and Effective Practices to Become Your Own Healer Meditation: The Simple and Practical Way to Begin Meditating Chakras: An Introduction to Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being

Your Guide to Forest Bathing

Experience the Healing Power of Nature

Your Guide to Forest Bathing

“A beautiful and inspiring guide inviting us to seek out the trees and let the healing happen, both for us and for our beleaguered ecosystems. Grab this book and head outside” –Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Simply being present in the natural world – with all our senses fully alive – can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is “forest bathing”, a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature and an antidote to our nature-starved lives that can heal our relationship with the more-than-human world. In Your Guide to Forest Bathing you’ll discover a path—along with specific activities presented by Amos Clifford, one of the world’s most experienced forest bathing experts—that you can use to begin a practice of your own. Whether you’re in a forest or woodland, public park, or just your own backyard, this book will be your personal guide as you explore the natural world in a way you may have never thought possible.

Meditation

The Simple and Practical Way to Begin Meditating (A Start Here Guide)

Meditation

Meditation is an ancient practice that has brought peace and clarity to people from every time, culture, and place. Its benefits —a sense of calm, greater knowledge of self, better health—are as appealing to the modern world as they were to the ancient. In this beginner’s guide to meditation, author Patrick Harbula provides readers with everything they need to know in order to experience deep meditation. Readers will learn: - The history of meditation, both Eastern and Western - The benefits of meditation for the mind, body, and spirit - Different forms of meditation practice - Supportive practices to enhance the benefits of meditation in daily living. - Simple ways to begin meditation immediately, and more... In addition, readers will also find simple techniques to deepen the meditation path for more experienced meditators. Meditation demystifies the often times intimidating world of meditation, providing the perfect starting point for anyone looking to cultivate a sense of peace in their life. Other books in the Start Here Guide Series: Energy Healing: Simple and Effective Practices to Become Your Own Healer Forest Bathing: Discovering Health and Happiness Through the Japanese Practice of Shinrin Yoku Chakras: An Introduction to Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being

The Healing Forest

Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia

The Healing Forest

1516 species and variants are ethnopharmacologically described

A Galaxy of Immortal Women

The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

A Galaxy of Immortal Women

The goddess tradition remakes China and the world.

Kaua'I - The Garden Island

Making the Most of Your Family Vacation

Kaua'I - The Garden Island

The Ultimate Family Guide for All Things Kaua'i Here it is—your one-stop guide to surf, sun, dining, lodging, and other fun on the Garden Island of Kaua'i. Written with family adventures and budgets in mind, this book will help you discover why Kaua'i is the ultimate setting for your family vacation. And, this thoroughly updated edition contains insider information, including: ·Tips on family travel to, on, and around Kaua'i—including detailed maps ·More than 100 hotel, condominium, and bed & breakfast descriptions ·Over 200 restaurants with sample menus for every budget ·Extensive recreation suggestions—fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, cruises, and more ·And lots of fun, practical, and economical tips Each chapter features the author's personal recommendations and best bets! "Makes the trip rewarding for every member of the family. You'll know what to expect and about how much it will cost." —Jack Reber, San Diego Tribune "Perfect for anyone considering a vacation on the Garden Island." —Travel Weekly

Sacred Possessions

Vodou, Santería, Obeah, and the Caribbean

Sacred Possessions

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