Forest Bathing

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The forest has long been my temple. I grew up near a redwood forest in northern California, a magical place of rich loamy smells and mossy mysteries. No wonder I now write about fairies and sacred wyldwoods in my Two Realms series.

In Japan, the healing properties of forests are embodied in Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. With Shinrin-yoku, you open your senses and soul to the forest. What sounds do you hear? The gurgle of a stream or the rhythmic clacking of bamboo swaying in the wind? Are blue jays squawking? Or do you hear the high-pitch buzz of cicadas?

Stand in silence.

Hear your own thoughts.

Listen to the messages of the gods, goddesses, and fairy folk.

Watch for tree spirits.

Photo by Ariella Moon

Take the path less traveled.
Photo by Ariella Moon

Or simply just be. 

Forest Bathing Meditation by Gillian White.

The Two Realms Series by Ariella Moon:

AMAZON                                                                                             AMAZON
                                                                                                                 BARNES AND NOBLE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                               RAKUTEN KOBO

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