The importance of nature to our psyche and soul is well-documented. Since 1982 forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, has been a component of Japan’s nationwide health agenda. What exactly is this exotic sounding ritual?
At its most basic, forest bathing involves immersing oneself in nature, walking in the forest, letting the fresh air cleanse our troubles away.
The idea that nature has healing properties is not just a romantic notion. It has been well-documented that being in the natural environment has the potential to lower blood pressure, improve concentration, and decrease anxiety.
We can all practice a form of forest bathing in spirit if not in an actual forest setting. Research shows that even gazing at pictures of natural landscapes has the power to relax us and increase focus.
Have you ever gazed at a cloud-filled sky and felt your troubles float away? Or sat on the ocean shore and let the roaring waves pull your burdens far out to sea?
Even in the middle of a busy city, we can indulge in the spirit of forest bathing by gazing at a leafy, green tree or taking time to notice a stray weed sprouting from the sidewalk. Nature is all around us if we take the time to look.
In other words, anyone at any time can partake in the kind of healing that forest bathing provides. The key is letting the natural environment work its wonders.
If you are ready to discover the kind of healing and inspiration that nature can impart, we’re here to help. At RedCliff Ascent we know that being in the natural environment has a way of helping to pull the hurt and troubles out from inside and release them so that our spirit and souls can thrive. Our team of experts are ready to help you begin the journey of a lifetime toward health and wellness.
RedCliff Ascent is a therapeutic wilderness program, nestled between two mountain ranges in the high desert of Enterprise, UT. We focus on adolescents ages 13-17 who are struggling with various challenges from anxiety and depression, to school abandonment and the need to reconnect with their family. With over 25 years of experience, RedCliff uses a relational model and narrative therapy to drive an outcome and an evidence-based approach. RedCliff Recovery offers an experience like no other through a proven, 12-step, adventure-based wilderness program. For more information, call us today: 801-921-8488.