This👆🏼is NOT the highly sought mycorrhizal mushroom Matsukate.
I don’t actually know what this is but it’s probably highly toxic.
We spent a good portion of three days deep in the neck of the woods in interior BC foraging for Matsutake mushrooms. We found more than I had expected but it wasn’t as easy as I’d expected either. My favourite part of our trip though, were the time spent in thick moss; discovering these extraterrestrial-like organisms that I have never seen before; grounding my energy; breathing in those sweet sweet negative ions; and reconnecting with Mother Nature.
I live on the 12th floor, I travel quite a bit and spend most of my time 35,000 ft in the air; we live downtown and although we’re not far from the Rockies, it’s rare that we get a chance to spend time outdoors. So spending time unplugged + grounded for a couple days brought me back down to earth, with a little more introspective, thinking about the incredible power of Mother Nature - how to implement more of her in my life.
Some images from our family day out to Westonbirt Arboretum. This is truly a beautiful place to visit. I believe it is good to try and get some connection with nature when you can. I particularly loved the Japanese area with some stunning hues.
In fact Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing" It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
In the province of Ulster we call this "taking the dog for a walk!" 👍😄👊 #forestbathing#shinrinyoku#nature#forest#outdoorfitness
The origins of forest bathing.
The contemporary concept of “forest medicine” originated in Japan, a place where nature has long been celebrated. The Japanese party when flowers bloom, the moon is bright, and when fireflies multiply. The country’s two major religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, consider forests mystical. “For Zen Buddhists, scripture is written in the landscape,” writes Li. “In Shinto, the spirits are not separate from nature, they are in it. They are in the trees, in the rocks, in the breeze, the stream, the waterfall.”
Japanese “forest medicine” is the science of using nature to heal yourself-wherever you are.
The fountain of youth is a forest. Trees cast off years and grant health and cheer, or so transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed in his 1836 essay “Nature.” ”In the woods,” he wrote, “I feel that nothing can befall me which nature cannot repair.”
Indeed, research shows that trees really do have healing powers.
Forest Bathing on this cloudy fall day 🙌
In case you’ve missed my previous post on one of my favourite activities, forest therapy or Shinrin-Yoku is spending time in forested areas, usually with physical activity like walking. While the research is small, it’s often associated with better stress responses and improvements in mood. Visit www.natureandforesttherapy.org for more information or for summaries on some of the available research.
One study looked at the relationship between emerald ash borer disease and mortality rates in fifteen countries between 1990 and 2007. It equated the deaths of trees from the trees with deaths from heart disease and diseases of the lower respiratory system. [source: Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li] All the more reason to ensure that we invest in our forest canopy. #shinrinyoku#urbanforest
| Forest Bathing - Bain de forêt |
Shinrin-Yoku signifie littéralement "bain de forêt". Développée au Japon au début des années 80, cette pratique consiste à s'immerger en forêt au travers de la marche ou de la contemplation afin de bénéficier des bienfaits de l'exposition à la nature. La seule règle est celle d'être, en laissant les distractions du quotidien telles que montres et smartphones à l'orée du bois.
Selon les études menées sur le sujet, passer du temps sous la canopée aurait des bénéfices tant sur le plan physique que psychique : amélioration du système immunitaire, diminution de la pression artérielle et de la fréquence cardiaque mais également diminution du stress et de l'anxiété, amélioration des facultés de concentration et de la qualité du sommeil.
La liste est en effet longue et pour la conclure j'ajouterai cette citation de John Muir : "Et dans la forêt je vais, perdre mon esprit et trouver mon âme".
Shinrin-yoku means literaly "forest bathing". Developed in Japan in the early 80's, this practice consists of forest immersions through walks or contemplations. In order to benefit from nature, the only rule is to "be", leaving daily distractions like watches or smartphones at the edge of the woods.
According to studies on the subject, spending time under the canopy can have physical and psychological benefits: boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus, increased energy level and improved sleep.
The list is quite long and in order to conclude i would like to add this quote of John Muir: " And into the forest i go, to lose my mind and find my soul". 🍃
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Tu en a peut être entendu parlé mais rien que le nom te donne l'impression qu'il s'agit encore d'une pratique trop complexe pour toi.
Taratata taratatere !
Tout est simplifiable ou minimalisable, oui j'ose... Je t'explique comment te reconnecter à nos amis les arbres nous permet de mieux vivre.🌳💚 Go sur le blog camarade !!! 😁😉 #shinrinyoku#slowlife#foret#arbres#lanaturenousveutdubien
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan and has been studied thoroughly. Research has shown that forest bathing has many health benefits. Most of us already know that spending time in the forest is good for us. The benefits include: boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus, accelerated recovery from surgery or illness, increased energy levels, and improved sleep.
How it works: simply spend a relaxing time in the forest, a leisurely stroll through the woods, or even just sit on a log in the sun.
Finding infinity in the water. "A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself." -Maya Angelou
A man/person in harmony with his/their spirit is like a river flowing. He/they goes/go where he/they will without pretense and arrives at his/their destination prepared to be himself/their self and only hisself/their self.