dailyconnectionwithnature Mental Health nature Wales

shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and tears with these trees and wondered what sort of a reception I’d get after recent absences. What I felt was a deep resonance, of understanding, of peace, of confidence that this new direction is the right thing to be doing, no matter how scary it is at times to be hacking out into the unknown. Sometimes you have to just follow your feet and have confidence that wherever they take you is where you’re meant to be, and that you’ll find a way to make it work as you go. #dailyconnectionwithnature day101

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