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#1 Old 08-29-2017, 08:26 AM
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"A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-Pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress activity in Japan." -- excerpt from Wikipedia

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I recently saw a really good documentary film entitled CALL OF THE FOREST: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees

Learned people, who are featured in this film, stress just how very vital trees are to our health.

Check out: www.calloftheforest.ca

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Also known as going for a 'walk in the woods' .
We do this frequently, often every weekend (if we're not going for a walk on the beach).

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I'm lucky. There's a bit of forest just beyond my back yard. I live literally on the edge of town. I was born, raised and lived most of my life in big cities, 'concrete jungles;' then, about 1996, I decided to get the heck out. I had come to the conclusion that any town with over 2000 people was subject to insanity. It was at the same time I was transitioning to veganism. I love trees and have planted 3 of them in my yard.
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#5 Old 08-31-2017, 12:27 PM
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We're fortunate enough to live on land that used to be a x-mas tree farm. It's especially magical to venture back into the spot that was first planted back in the early 80s. It's like entering a whole other world.

We share the land with bears, coyotes, foxes, deer, wild turkeys, etc., etc. They've all been especially visible and active this year. Lots of animal energies present. Lots of babies.

Learning to forage for wild plant sustenance has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever learned, and gives me even more of a purpose as I venture out into the tree-filled surroundings. Autumn olives are ripe and abundant currently. Mmmmm.... Kind of bitter freshly picked, but sweeten up some if frozen.
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#6 Old 08-31-2017, 01:57 PM
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I truly believe this has therapeutic benefits. I'm lucky to live in a place where I'm very close to some magnificent forests and no matter how stressed out I am I always instantly start to feel better after spending some time in the woods.

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