Time for a Forest Bath

Today, we went to Rutgers Gardens and enjoyed bathing in the forest, a concept called "Shinrinyoku," literally meaning "forest bath." In place of going to the park, etc, for a jog, forest bathing is more like a slow walk, wandering around and taking everything in around you. This practice, which we used to do often in Japan, involves using most of your senses to fully enjoy the nature of the forest. Its healing properties are well-known in Japan, and many of us who live in suburban or rural areas may find that we can do it in our own backyards. It's all a great way to find blooming flowers or decorative branches for flower arrangements or table decorations. To learn more about Shinrinyoku and its benefits, check out this link: http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html