Trees and Meditation

“According to researchers, people who spend time in a forest walking or “bathing” had elevated white blood counts, almost by as much as 50%. Other benefits were also noted: lowered blood pressure, heart rate and alleviation of depression.”

We can simply take a short, well-marked, quiet trail in good condition, with a large percentage under forest canopy. To breathe in the benefits of the forest, walk at your own pace and enjoy the forest.

Each sense is encouraged in the forest. What do you see in various areas? Stand quietly and listen to the sounds first in one direction then in another. If you come upon a stream, place your hands in the water. What sensations do you feel? Touch a tree, running your hands over it and even the ground under it. 

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