What is forest immersion, and why should you go to the forest.
Forest immersion or shinrin-yoku is a Shinto practice from the Japanese folk religion that refers to a peaceful walk in the woods to improve general well-being, health, and satisfaction, use all five senses. It is a form of natural therapy.
Everybody may be considered part of Japan’s original culture, but I still think it exists in every culture because we all originated in the African Savannah.
“Approximately 99% of one’s existence has been inhabited by hunters and gatherers in a forest-rich environment. Therefore, going to the forest is returning to one’s home, a bow to distant ancestors. Perhaps somewhere in that time comes our subconscious urge to keep large trees close.
Ecosystems that have developed naturally and over a long period (mostly old and powerful trees in the forest zone) also seem to heal people – they have a visible therapeutic effect on the body and mind. How else to explain the strange connection that patients who see large trees in the window heal faster than others. Our bodies remember something we may have already forgotten.
” The surrounding air is similar to water in some ways. It moves in streams and can come in waves; we see it in cloud patterns floating in the sky. Here, too, their ecosystems live: the wind carries glowing spider meadows, insects and birds, pollen and flying seeds, soil particles, and fungal particles. Sound travels and spreads as layers of information. In this and other ways, the atmosphere is quite ocean-like. The surrounding air is an ocean in which we have always fought.
Our senses become saturated with the unique features of a flowing, spa-like atmosphere in a forested landscape during deforestation. It is advisable to move slowly in the forest so that our senses can focus on all how the living forest surrounds and touches us. Paying attention to your feelings, silencing your inner thoughts will bring you to the present moment, where you can better receive everything that the forest has to offer you, allowing it to settle. You provide space for the forest itself; it will support the health and well-being of your body.
Immersion is not the same as hiking. The goal of immersion is not to go anywhere but to be here. The pace is slow. You focus on your connection and relationship with the forest.
Immersion may not be a frequent undertaking, but we will realize its full benefits if made regularly. It is often impossible to go to the forest every week, but we learn to maintain the excellent forest immersion feeling for a little longer over time. Over time, we will discover simple ways to renew and deepen our connection with the superhuman natural world.
What exactly is this immersion, and how does it affect our health?
Our species developed between trees and in savannas, where the forest meets grassland. From time immemorial, our bodies have learned to benefit from the inhalation of fresh oxygen and other compounds exhaled from trees, which is good for our mood, heart, mental capacity, immune system, and more.
“The age of a modern person today is estimated at 300,000 years. Homo sapiens appeared in the world at that time – with roughly the same appearance and spiritual capacity as we know it today. Africa’s forest edges, Savannah-like landscapes, and sparse stands shaped modern man. Thus, it can do said that wooded meadows played a crucial role in shaping the human psyche and spirit – they had a stimulating effect on the nervous system of our distant ancestors in evolution. Hunters and gatherers have inhabited approximately 99% of its existence in forested areas. Therefore, going to the forest is a return to one’s home.
Perhaps somewhere in that time comes our subconscious urge to keep large trees close. The proximity of plant life forms is soothing and therapeutic. 1980 s, Japan sought ideas for reintroducing urban and distant people to the forest. To this end, the occasional dozen immersion centers (shinrin-yoku in Japanese) were established in Japan to combine Shinto practice from the Japanese people with modern research-based health behavior.
Combine ancient culture
The attempt to combine ancient culture with the worldview of modern man fell into fertile ground, and today dozens of books on Japanese immersion have been published, in addition to hundreds of scientific articles. One specific added value of such an undertaking was the strong international interest in forest and health research.
Studies show that walking in the woods has an excellent effect on people’s mental health, and depression and anxiety can be relieved in the woods. Forest walking strengthens the human immune system and has a good impact on the cardiovascular system.
These changes occur on a physiological level and generally do not depend on the benefits that one believes in walking in the forest. Also, for some reason, people prefer old forests and mature communities. That has also emerged in the survey of forest views. People appreciate old and mighty trees, and the pristine natural forests seem to be therapeutic, for reasons unknown to us. ”
“1980s case of forest immersion, the forest is our cooperation partner. One of the cornerstones of the philosophy of immersion, to which immersions are returning again and again, lies in the saying, “The forest protects in your back.” There are many benefits to this.
So what can you do in the woods?
Besides, when you arrive, close your eyes and listen to your surroundings for a while, become one with nature, practice it for about 10 -15 minutes. Don’t rush on right away, and please forget about headphones when you go to the forest.
Forest bathing can be done both alone and in a croup. I prefer to go to the forest alone. Woods, you can sit and listen to the sounds of nature or lie down or walk.
Forest, you can shout with a full throat so that you become deaf yourself./ Sometimes it is necessary to do it /
In the forest, you can hear birdsong and also the crowing of a crow.
You can hunt bloodlessly in the forest/Photography/
You want to go with a group in the woods, then one of the acceptable forms of spending time in the modern game invented / disk golf / I have seen among the younger contingent is popular.
My personal favorite is that we still have a forest in Eastern Europe, and you can deal with harvesting.
All kinds of edible berry picking blueberries and blackberries. I’m pretty sure if you’ve either tried forest blueberries once in a lifetime, then you no longer buy culture blueberries in the store.
Lastly, I left my favorite activity of mushroom picking. There are a lot of edible mushrooms growing in Estonia. I’m not going to single out because the flavors are different, but I would instead share my favorite mushroom marinade recipe. What I have been using for years and which is my favorite and has received much praise.
Initially, this recipe is in Russian,
1 liter of water
Three bay leaves
Six garlic cloves
Two tablespoons salt
Two tablespoons sugar
1Scramble with fresh thyme
One teaspoon coriander seeds
Three tablespoons vinegar
Preparation Add all the spices to the pot and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes and finally add the vinegar and marinade is ready. If you are making this marinade with the mushrooms, it would be good to know if these mushrooms need to do boiled before cooking. If these mushrooms are, for example, champions, then they do not need to be boiled separately, quarrel as required, but do not make them too small. Remove all spices from the marinade. And add the mushrooms to the marinade, cook for another 10-15 minutes, and immediately put on the jar and lid more turn upside here. In a week, it is possible to try, but at best a month.
Best regards Lea