In Japan, the trend of spending weekends walking through a forest has been catching on since the 1980s. Shinrin-yoku or being in the forest helps soak in the energy of the ecosystem. Some people would just consider it oxygenation but it is a lot more.
John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”
Research supports the Trees give out organic compounds that restore the balance needed by our bodies. Immunity is enhanced when we walk through a natural area, really connecting with our larger selves. Technology and fast paced lives create a disturbance in our energetic selves and this is not measurable by modern science yet a walk through the woods has healed many people from stress, cancer and modern illnesses. The recognition of our connection with Nature is the best recourse to feeling out of sorts. Forest have a natural order and spending time in that space breathes in a quiet sustenance perhaps our soul needs.
You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here.
– Alan Watts