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Tierney kindly left me a link to her post on forest bathing, just in case you missed her comment I am re-bloging it here. Trees certainly help me.


A couple weeks ago I finished an amazing audiobook: Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness (2018) by Dr. Qing Li.

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This book discusses shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”), the Japanese therapeutic practice of spending time in the forest/woods for healing and wellness.

A definition of shinrin-yoku according to the Timber Press blog is:

…shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day.

I listened to this amazing audiobook each morning as I walked through the trees lines streets of surrounding neighborhoods.


I already love trees and this book made me love and appreciate trees even more. Dr. Li discusses their healing powers in depth and the science behind it.  Here is a review on amazon.com that provides a wonderful overview of this book:

This book by Dr. Qing Li, Chairman…

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Comments on: "Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art and Science of Forest Bathing" (11)

  1. I am honored to be re-blogged – glad you liked my post and I so believe in forest bathing!

  2. This is just fascinating, no wonder we love walks in the woods!

  3. I find it incredibly sad that Nature is so often obliterated over here, in favour of “landscaping” and “cityscaping.” The only time I can remember living close to trees was the year I lived “in the mountains” in Northern California. Then it was a lengthy drive to get to groceries, a library, any small town. My commute to work was well over an hour… Speaking from my own experiences, the concept of a small village or town within walking distance to woodlands or moorlands is not known in most states over here.

    • You have made me realise just how lucky I am then to be within less than a ten minute walk of woods.

      • Your country’s ability to allow more than a 10-foot strip of “woods” to exist is very envied by many of us! Large expanses are allowed–the Grand Canyon, Yosemite,etc., but they don’t exist in every state, and there’s always a safety issue. The U.K. and Europe have lots to be thankful for. 😘😘

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I have no doubt walking in the woods is therapeutic. I’ve always choosen the woods above all the other places to walk my dogs. Currently i have a beautiful moor or two within walking distance, but no woods.

    • Tierney wrote such a super post on the subject I felt it worth sharing. I love big open spaces like moors, especially if I can get up high, helps me bring things into perspective, but trees do calm me and make me feel relaxed. I love the sond of wind through the branches.

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