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Through walks in the woods, UW-La Crosse professor taps into nature’s healing powers | Education | lacrossetribune.com

The children stood shoulder to shoulder under the towering trees, their eyes closed, their mouths open, their senses tuned to the forest around them.
— Read on lacrossetribune.com/content/tncms/live/

The ANFT Way of Forest Therapy

Important information about why forest therapy with a guide has far reaching potential for everyone.

Contents include an overview of Forest Therapy, a description of some of the emerging issues in the forest therapy field, a transparent discussion of the business aims of ANFT, and the Scope of Practice and Professional Standards upon which the ANFT Guide Training and Certification Program is built.
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Forest bathing: What it is and why you should try it – Thrive

The Japanese practice of forest bathing — or shinrin-yoku — may result in some impressive health benefits. Here’s what you need to know.

These days, we stay indoors for hours scrolling through social media, binge-watching TV shows, or playing video games. We shop online and have purchases delivered straight to our homes. We live in or commute to cities surrounded by concrete, steel, and smog. Our days are mostly spent away from sunshine, trees, water, and fresh air.

While our modern way of life can be convenient, it’s taking us away from the health benefits of nature. To the point where getting outside should now be a priority. This is where the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku — or forest bathing — can help.

What is forest bathing?

In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries created the term shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. It’s also very low impact, which means you don’t have to go for trail runs or do an intense hike. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting.

— Read on thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/thrive-together/live-well//forest-bathing-try

Oscars Last Call: Sean Penn Says Bradley Cooper Has A Problem

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Bradley Cooper has a problem. Sure, it all looks good on the outside. Family, fame, fortune, and with his first film as director, he’s made the most successful contemporary love story of all time. That’s exactly the problem Bradley Cooper has.

It has been so long since we have been able to equate a success or a love story with high art or artists that we may well have forgotten how. And now, with A Star is Born’s eight nominations for Academy Awards, the problem is likely to be exposed. “Bradley is a star.” “He’s young… he’ll have plenty of opportunities.” If this, as I suspect, explains outcomes in other awards voting, voters will have certainly missed the point. This isn’t Bradley Cooper’s opportunity, it’s theirs to appreciate the depth and value of this film before its legacy outlasts their chance to participate in it.

Forest Bathing

 

Forest Therapy, also known as
Shinrin-Yoku,”

refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing.”

How do might you do it?

Enter the forest with an intent to have a direct, uninterrupted, immersive engagement.

arboretum lawn

Cross the threshold into the forest and acknowledge the ceremonial honor of entering the home of gracious beings.

baldwin lake shoreline

Take time to become aware of yourself, your body, and what your senses are perceiving

Begin to take notice of each impression you have as it occurs

baldwin lake side cottage

Move slowly through the forest as you observe everything else that is moving around you

lakeside palm

Explore aspects of the forest that enable you to have an intimate appreciation for what you find by connecting with your senses

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Sit and discover what has been revealed to you

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close your visit with a ceremony before crossing the threshold as you depart

 

“The problem with our busy city lives, however, is that the stressful events keep piling up.  There will be emails to answer, co-workers demanding attention, a deadline looming, the shopping to get done, the bills to be paid.  And our cortisol levels remain always slightly raised.

When cortisol is released constantly, it can disrupt all our body’s processes. And people who produce chronically high levels of cortisol are at increased risk of numerous health problems.”

Dr. Qing Li

Forest Bathing, pgs. 66-67

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Thought Life

My journey of personal observations which I have made over the years to apply Bible reading in my life.

He knows our thoughts
Matthew 9:4

But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”

Observation

Jesus read their thoughts. Jesus asked why they had evil in their hearts.

Application in my life

God knows our thoughts, Jesus demonstrated that. God sees the evil in men’s hearts based on their thought life. Jesus asked them about the evil inside them. There would therefore be a reason for it, one they should know the answer to. So it stands to reason that every person should be able to see the reason for what is in their hearts.

I want to replace any evil with the goodness of God. By not choosing God I am not allowing Him to fill my heart. I will be empty inside without God. That emptiness makes room for evil to find a home there. Choose God and reject evil. Because I fill my heart with God, my thoughts will reflect God’s goodness. And a God will know because he knows my thoughts.

My prayer

Lord, I ask you to fill my heart, your words your thoughts, your desires, your love, with all of it there is no room and no emptiness to be filled, by evil Amen

Harmony

My journey of personal observations which I have made over the years to apply Bible reading in my life.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:16-21 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[ says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Observation

Being hopeful is a virtue.  Patience is rewarded.  Prayer is being obedient to God and it is where our safety lies.  Harmony is how we should live, so when given a reasonable choice, choose this option.

Application in my life

Prayer will allow me to hear from God and after I hear from God I can benefit from what He reveals me.  This is knowledge that I can use to keep me from stumbling when I otherwise might.  What God imparts to me will help me have patience when I need it and furthermore, it will gift me with the amount of hope I need to maintain my joy.

Prayer is what I will commit to do more of and make more a part of who I am and what I do each day.  Prayer is a very important part of my role in my relationship with God.  I model myself as a person who prays to God, then acts accordingly.  I behave in a manner that reflects what has been communicated in my prayer.

As a purpose, harmony is an option that I can identify with.  That means I treat everyone the same, the poor, wealthy, educated, uneducated, people with status and those without.  I leave my pride at the door and respect others as equals.  Being humble is often the appropriate goal in a given situation.  Overcoming evil with good for me can meam not allowing what someone else does control what I do.  I can be generous towards someone who is selfish.  I can be kind to people who are not kind to me.  I can be considerate of people who aren’t.  I can forgive an unforgiving person.  Each of these examples I can be reminded of if I pray about relationships I have with people who wrong me.

My prayer

Lord thank you for allowing me to be as close to you as I am committed to being, and thank you for accepting me, flawed as I am. I purpose to listen to You more, and act on the guidance You give. Amen

inluence

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