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When is the last time you took a bath in the forest?
I know what you’re thinking
because you know how I think …
Yet, as much as I love them, I wasn’t talking about outdoor tubs.
The sort of “bathing” I have in mind is rooted in the Japanese concept of
which means “forest bathing” or, more literally, “taking in the forest atmosphere.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that one could practice Shinrin-yoku
while bathing …
in a tub …
In fact, that sounds like a brilliant match, and this Japanese outdoor tub looks divine:
But, according to Japanese researchers, a tub isn’t necessary to reap the benefits of “bathing.”
“[Shinrin-yoku] was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine,” explains Shinrin-yoku.org, an organization dedicated to promotion of the practice of Shinrin-yoku and other forms of nature-immersion therapy. “Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish Shinrin-yoku throughout the world.”
It’s simple: Visit a natural area and relax for a while to gain calming, rejuvenating, and restorative benefits for body and spirit.
“We have always known this intuitively,” says Amos Clifford, founder of Shinrin-yoku.org. “But in the past several decades, there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our ‘NK’ (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system’s way of fighting cancer.”
Other scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
The forest is waiting …
My newest Heritage Jersey calf, Rose Etta, is coolly unconcerned, calm, and ALL ABOUT nonchalant when approaching my chickens, but …
… as soon as she’s within striking distance, she switches into high gear, breakneck speed. “AaaaRCK, run for your life!!!!” And then, three minutes later, all is calm again. The chickens seem to love the action and entertainment of it all because they have to travel quite a distance to be in my cows’ pasture this time of year. Waddle, waddle, cluck, cluck, cluck, there’s never anything exciting to do around here. Just a lot of laying ’round. All lay and little excitement.
Momma Maizy watches patiently, “Kids these days.”
Wowzer! The news from Atlanta regarding traffic jams is horrendous. Did I say amazing, wow, and did I shake my head in disbelief? But you know what? I am NEVER without the following in my vehicle. And I always leave home with two quarts to a gallon of water, even if I’m only driving 10 miles to town.
It doesn’t look like it, but the contents of my emergency preparedness kit really do fit into one cute vintage suitcase. The smaller suitcase in the pic below is a mechanics tool kit with, hammer, wrenchs, etc.
Can you think of anything I’m forgetting? (Other than the kitchen sink.)