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It Means 'Forest Bathing'
February 8, 2014
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴). It means 'forest bathing'.
For a lot of years I've immersed myself in the study of the Japanese spiritual practices - the arts, the traditions, and especially the celebration of nature. I find it fascinating that the Japanese term Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) means 'forest bathing'. Not the kind of bathing that has you relaxed in a hot tub in the middle of trees (although as I write this that sounds pretty nice!) But, rather, investing time in the beauty and elegance of nature, breathing in the air, finding new inspiration.
This reminds me of the profound words of Anne Frank, "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles." Amen and thank you, Anne Frank.
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