Forest Bathing is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku which means taking in the forest atmosphere.
It is not a new idea the naturalist John Muir quotes' are full,
" climb the mountains and get their good tidings"
But now there is a lot of research saying it can make a positive impact
on your health, from your blood pressure to your mental health.
I walk everyday on a shady dirt road and today we headed out for our first paddle of the summer. As soon as we got on the water the loons greeted us and were showing off their new tiny little baby.
It was so good for the soul!
There are lots of books on this subject and while it sounds new age there is nothing new about it. If at all possible take a nice slow walk in the woods (or a paddle)
I hope your fourth was a nice one. We have a little town celebration and this year was an apple pie contest. I got out of work at three and had to drop the pie off by 6:30 and it was HOT! I made an effort and my crust cracked but husband talked me into putting them in anyway (you had to bake 2) and I won second place!!!
Thanks to my husband for being my biggest cheerleader!!!
We have had some warm night so we sit on the porch and play cards. One of our favorite things to do. We keep the lights as dim as we can so we can watch the fireflies in the yard at night while we are out there.
Sat we headed to Maine for a family cookout. It was the day of the support rally for the 7 motorcycle riders that were killed. As you can see what a turn out! They felt 3000 plus made the trip to that tiny little town and the memorial. A wonderful fund raiser also for the families left behind.
I won a book a couple of weeks ago from Karen, at Crow's foot farm. This is the sweetest book and great ideas. So happy to have won it.
And speaking of books I have been cleaning out closets and drawers and taking things to the thrift store. The lady who runs the thrift store has the same taste in books as I do. So she passed this on. It is a fictional account of Christina in the painting by Andrew Wyeth.
He was a Maine painter and I have known that painting most of my life. It was a great book and a good summer read.
Well back to work tomorrow we have a couple of things we want to do this week and the weather looks good.
Have a great week!