As the political scene heats up and the winter cold starts becoming a reality, let’s take a few minutes for virtual walk through the Cherokee Forest in Tennessee. Here’s the start of our trail, that red rectangle, or blaze, on the tree to the left.
The Japanese call this Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing because it is truly a cleansing thing: to be surrounded by nature, from trees overhead to mushrooms and moss underfoot, with birds calling out as they fly across the sky.
Look up and see the colors changing, nature on its steady cycle forward.
See the harmony of earth, air, and water before you.
Stay still for a moment and look up to see the trees swaying in the wind.
Let’s end our forest bathing while standing at the river, listening to the water flow over rocks.
I hope this forest bathing session has made you feel more relaxed and more at peace in the world.
I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau