My unsolicited advice: take a hike!
I was talking with a good buddy of mine this past week about his daughter, more appropriately known in my household as “my God-daughter”, Megan. She is graduating high school this month and will be attending The Ohio State University in the Fall. After our conversation, I couldn’t help to think of how I’ve watched a little baby girl grow up into a young woman: a very strong willed- independent young woman to be truthful. Thus, my God-fatherly unsolicited advice came to me: shinrin-yoku!
To be fully honest: no, I did not know that phrase off the top of my head. But – I do know the term “forest (or tree) bathing”. Have you heard of it? This concept came out of some research in Japan in the early ‘80s. I’ve included a link below that will explain it fully. Here is my abridged definition: being in a natural outdoor space is good for us.
Why do I want to share this concept with Megan? Glad you asked. Here is a girl who, although quite worldly and loves visiting NYC with her mother, is from a rural part of western New York. She will be attending a very urban university in a semi-big city. Whether she realizes it or not, her surroundings for the first 18 years of her life have been open spaces: green lawns; vibrant woods; and farm fields. I understand Columbus, Ohio, isn’t as compact as NYC or Chicago, but it isn’t her little town in western New York either. She may need a little nature-nurturing when she begins her studies and not even realize it.
Tree bathing doesn’t necessarily require taking an actual hike either. It can be simply sitting outside under a tree, spending time in your garden (or your neighbor’s garden), reading near a pond or lake, or finding your own nook in any natural outdoor space.
Here is the link I promised:
(And if you click on the short video within the article, please know that it starts midway through for some reason and should be started from the beginning.)
If you’ve found yourself maybe a little less “settled” lately, stressed over the news the past few weeks, or just stir crazy from quarantine… take a hike. You may find it is just what you need.
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