A quick quiz before reading:
- What are the 5 senses? Can you name them all in English?
- What’s the 6th sense? (not the movie)
This article from Quartz describes the concepts of biophilia (the affinity humans have for the natural world) and 森林浴 (shinrinyoku・literally, “forest bathing”).
When I was reading this, I read “bibliophilia” (the love of books/reading) instead of biophilia. I think reading has just as much power to heal as forest bathing, and you can certainly read wherever you are.
Here’s some forest bathing I did in Kyoto a while ago. Definitely sublime.
Today’s post title is from this section of the article:
“To experience soft fascination, it’s necessary to meander through the woods. Forest bathing isn’t the same thing as hiking or brisk walking.Aimlessness is advisable. The tree tonic works best with minimal effort. Let your gaze be drawn wherever it wants to land.”
And on that note, I’ll be taking the rest of our spring break off from posting, to recharge my batteries.
The academic year begins again in April. I’ll be back then with more topics.
In the meantime, there’s plenty in the archives, if you’re looking for something to read, watch, talk or write or think about, in English.