The Joy of Forest Bathing by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Joy of Forest Bathing

The Joy of Forest Bathing is a comprehensive introduction to the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which involves connecting with nature and disconnecting from daily distractions.

The book emphasizes the importance of immersing oneself in the beauty and wonder of nature and trees, which can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. Research has shown that forest bathing can lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels, improve mood, and even boost immunity to cancer and other diseases.

The book is divided into three major parts, each of which guides readers through a forest bathing walk. The author provides gentle guidance and inspiration, making the act of forest bathing accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The book also includes charming illustrations by Lieke van der Vorst.

What I Liked

I appreciate the book’s push to deeply observe the place you are in and appreciate the place for what it is. There are layers upon layers in a forest to observe.

What I Did Not Like

The book is a little strange. I think she tries to take “walking in the woods” and tries to add a bit too much to it.

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