Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li. In this book Dr. Qing Li shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.
Forests are an amazing resource. They give us everything we rely on in order to exist. They produce oxygen, cleanse the air we breathe and purify our water. They stop flooding rivers and streams and the erosion of mountains and hills. They provide us with food, clothing and shelter, and with the materials we need for furniture and tools. In addition to this, forests have always helped us to heal our wounds and to cure our diseases. And, from time immemorial, they have relieved us of our worries, eased our troubled minds, restored and refreshed us.
There is no medicine you can take that has such a direct influence on your health as a walk in a beautiful forest.
The forest is like our mother, a sacred place, a gift to us humans from the divine. It is a paradise of healing. Mother Nature fills us with wonder and curiosity and invites us in. [...] All we have to do is accept the invitation. Mother Nature does the rest.
The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet.
The sounds of the forest soothe our frazzled heads, lift us out of mental fatigue and give us the silence in which to think. [...] In the forest, we can let our ears be captured by the sounds of the natural world and have our senses refreshed and rejuvenated.
Nature creates beautiful patterns everywhere we look: in the petals of a flower, in the branches of a snowflake, in the spirals of a shell. There are patterns in everything, from the bracts of a pine cone to the arrangement of leaves and the way a fern unfolds.
It is when we are filled with awe at the sight of nature that we begin to think about things outside ourselves. A sense of awe helps us to slow down and stop worrying. It transforms negative emotions into positive feelings. It gives us pause and brings us joy.
It is when we connect to nature with all our senses that the magic happens and our lives can be transformed. Immersed in the natural world, we can experience the miracle of life and connect to something larger than ourselves. Nature takes our breath away and breathes new life into us.
There is something in nature that can make us happy that is separate from the happiness we get from other things, like friends, or family, or music. Our relationship with nature is unique, and it can make us uniquely happy.
Forests reduce our stress, boost our immune system and help us to live longer, better and happier lives. Our health and the health of the forest go hand in hand. When trees die, we die. If our forests are unhealthy, then so are we. You can’t have a healthy population without healthy forests.
Preserving our urban forests is just as important as looking after our tropical and wild forests and woodlands. Trees are a vital and integral part of our urban lives, as important a part of a city’s infrastructure as roads and broadband – and much more beautiful than either. They remove tonnes of pollution, store tonnes of carbon and help mitigate extreme temperatures. Their root systems absorb water and help with excess rainfall. They provide respite and relief from noise and dirt, boost our immune systems and relieve our stress.
Being in nature when we are young creates a sense of connection with the natural world that lasts as we grow up. Children who have fun in nature will become adults who care for and protect it and understand its importance. If we let our children play outside now, they will become the green architects of the future, the green city-planners and tree-mappers, the gardeners, nature therapists and forest-medicine doctors!