Hopefully you have a little piece of green forest—a kind of a heaven on earth-- where you can find peace. If so, you already have experienced the health benefits of soaking up the beauty of nature. Forest bathing, in Japan where the practice originated, is called shinrin-yoku (森林浴). This is the practice of walking through the forest slowly and quietly as a way to heal body, mind and spirit. This film, made by Sharecare Films Production, takes you on a first-person experience of the practice of forest bathing through fern laden, old growth forests; bamboo groves with the rain falling on the hollow stems; and hemlock stands over a hundred feet tall with birds singing all around. Forest bathing has been proven by scientists to benefit physical as well as mental health. Shinrin-Yoku helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost immunity and mood, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.

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  • Marilyn

    what inspired me about this video- is two things it reminded me of Muir Woods, and also how you could actually almost feel yourself being there. (Beautiful( & thank you for sharing.

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  • Learn more about the science of how nature heals us. 
  • If you are not able to actually take a walk in a forest, take a walk in your imagination. Play this recording of birds in a forest as you rest in your home and find healing within. 
  • If possible. find a forest nearby or a quiet place with trees. Walk slowly and quietly, allowing your thoughts to float away. Feel the healing benefits of the forest gradually release you from your worries and carry this ease back into your day.

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