How to for­est bathe

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

Shake it off: set the scene and cre­ate in­ten­tion by shak­ing off your ‘stuff’. When an­i­mals that have been held in cap­tiv­ity are re­leased back into the wild you will of­ten see them ‘shak­ing off’, as though they are shak­ing off the mod­ern world. We can do this too – ac­tively shake your arms, legs and body and set the in­ten­tion of leav­ing your in­ner chat­ter be­hind, be­fore you head on in to bathe.

Lis­ten: try lis­ten­ing to the sounds of na­ture with your hands cupped be­hind your ears, or clos­ing your eyes and lis­ten­ing. Ob­serve the sound of your feet crunch­ing through the au­tumn leaves, or the crack­ing of twigs un­der­foot. The more you lis­ten, the more you’ll nd you hear!

Look: pick a tree and take time to re­ally ex­am­ine it and get to know it. Sit un­der it, touch its bark, feel its leaves and no­tice its scent. If you like, you could cre­ate artis­tic pat­terns us­ing the nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als around you.

Tune into the weather: use each kind of weather to con­nect with the en­vi­ron­ment around you. Ground your­self in the present mo­ment by lis­ten­ing to the sound of the wind blow­ing through the trees, feel­ing the rain against your skin or watch­ing how the sun­light plays through leaves and branches.

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