By Gayil Nalls
Follow these four steps for your first forest bathing experience, and discover how simply being among the trees can transform your sense of well-being.
1. Pick a Spot – Choose a forested spot close to home. The more trees, the better. The quieter, the better. You want to be able to focus on nature without too many distractions.
2. Leave Your Phone – Forest bathing is no time for technology. Leave your phone, camera, laptop – any form of distracting technology – so you can fully engage with your green surroundings.
3. Immerse Yourself – Whether you take a seat on a park bench or wander aimlessly amidst the trees, clear your mind of goals or expectations and focus on the nature around you. What do you hear, see, and smell? Remember to breathe deep and take in phytoncides in the forest air.
4. Become an Observer – As your mind begins to settle, take note of the finer details. Watch a squirrel jump from branch to branch. Count how many different birds you can hear singing. Breathe deeply and try to identify the scents carried by the wind. There is so much happening around us in nature, yet we rarely take time to truly see and appreciate it. Take this opportunity to slow down and enjoy it.
Gayil Nalls, Ph.D. is the creator of World Sensorium and founder of the World Sensorium/Conservancy.
Plantings Print Annual 2023
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