Healing Forest is a journey to learn the art of healing through nature, and know the science behind nature healing. We share ideas that bring you and forests closer to each other. Join us in this exploration of fascinating forests and their remarkable healing powers.
Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping Forests heal.
Forests are known to have great healing properties. As humans, we have evolved in nature. It’s where we feel most comfortable. New research on healing powers of nature show multiple benefits for our mental health, relieving stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and depression. It boosts our body’s immunity, energy levels and healing ability and improves our mood, sleep, and concentration. Being in nature has a direct influence on our social relationships and emotional well-being.
Countries like South Korea and Japan have designated healing forests. Forests that one can go to find calm, balance and good health. Forests that help people recover, relax and revive.
Just like the forest, this site has many beautiful secrets. The more you explore, the more you will find. If this idea interests you, please subscribe to this blog with your email.
Here are some of the things we hope to do:
Organize healing nature walks. Help people learn how to find peace, purpose and healing in nature. Share forest wisdom of the elders. Bring out new films and articles on various nature based meditations and mindfulness activities. Publish stories from amazing places. Discover fascinating forests that can serve as healing forests. Do action projects that give back to nature. Create conscious communities.
Feel free to add your thoughts and suggestions in the comment box below.
Check out our Healing Forest learning program with over 100+ mindful nature activities from around the world or click on these links to read our latest blog posts. Please share our site with people who might find this helpful.
How is nature healing?
Connecting with nature allows the stressed portions of your brain to relax. Positive hormones are released in the body. You feel less sad, angry and anxious It helps to avoid stress and burnout, and aids in fighting depression and anxiety. Being in nature is known to boost immunity and leads to lesser days of illness as well as faster recovery from injury or surgery. Nature has a positive effect on our mind as well as body. It improves heart and lung health, and is known to increases focus, concentration and memory.
Certain trees like conifers also emit oils and compounds to safeguard themselves from microbes and pathogens. These molecules known as Phytoncides are good for our immunity too. Breathing in the forest air boosts the level of natural killer (NK) cells in our blood. NK cells are used in our body to fight infections, cancers and tumors.
An intangible outcome of nature connection is enhancement of emotional intelligence and self confidence which leads to improved relationships and better social health. Something that we know intuitively is now getting scientific proof and validation through research.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in the forest in a mindful way. Use your senses to connect with nature and derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional and social health. It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means forest and Yoku stands for Bathing. The idea took birth in Japan in the 1980’s and proved to be a very effective tool to overcome the ill effects of a hectic life and stressful work environment.
How do I practise Shinrin-yoku / forest bathing?
You can practise forest bathing in any safe nature space. The main principles are to go in silence and go slow. Use your senses to find things in nature that bring you peace and happiness. Through nature connection activities and sense exercises, you can alter your mood and energy levels resulting in a host of benefits. Recommended time for forest bathing is at-least 2 hours a week.
What are the benefits of mindfulness in nature?
Learn to switch off unwanted thoughts.
Feel less angry, anxious and sad.
Increase self worth and confidence.
Overcome fear, self doubt and a wavering mind.
Avoid stress and burnout.
Get better sleep and rest.
Strengthen the ability to control cravings, give up addictions.
Find peace and happiness in the present moment.
Find answers for important questions and decisions.
Why does nature make us happy?
A large portion of the human evolution has taken place in nature. Nature connection is intrinsic to our behaviour, and is inscribed into our genetic code. It’s only during the last 200 years or so that we have reduced our interaction with the outdoors. Going back to nature can bring us to a heightened state of sensory awareness and a feeling of alert calm. It is akin to a feeling of returning home and allows a subconscious trigger of positive emotions. Being in nature can fill us with awe, wonder and gratitude. It allows us to be mindful of the present moment and gives spontaneous rise to the feelings of peace and happiness.