Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing
Lapped by a sweet wind
Which caresses my skin
I bathe in the dappled light
The forest sprinkles me in.
Relaxing my senses are awakened
And stirred to be present. The experience
Is pure pleasure as oxygen-rich air
Floods my nostrils and lungs.
This forest bathing should not
Be a luxury but birthright
Of every human. Not therapy
But everyday reality.
Watching birds and insects, butterflies
And caterpillars, fallen leaves and buds opening
On trees, green shoots pushing through coarse bark
Relieve the pain of city life
The spark of life is here and everywhere
In the green forest, our original home,
My heart sings.
When next you plug in your mobile phone
To recharge, leave the house you’re in
And find a forest or park to practice Shinrin-Yoku.
Unplug your mind and recharge you soul.
© Moona Perrotin