I feel restored after our short trip to the mountains. I attribute my improved mood to spending time in a place that fills my heart with joy — reawakening my curiosity and wonder.
I’ve given some thought as to why this might be so.
And found some answers in a new favorite book from the library, Forest Bathing, by Dr. Qing Li.
“One idea for why the natural landscape has such a powerful effect on us is the theory that we pay attention differently when we are in nature . . . In nature, our minds are captured effortlessly by clouds and sunsets, by the movement of leaves in the breeze, by waterfalls and streams, by the sound of the birds or the whisper of the wind. These soothing sights and sounds give our mental resources a break. They allow our minds to wander and to reflect, and so restore our capacity to think more clearly.” (p. 110)
“What is this secret power of trees that makes us so much healthier and happier? Why is it that we feel less stressed and have more energy just by walking in the forest?” (p.5)
“When was the last time you strolled in a forest or walked through a woodland so beautiful that it made you stop and marvel? When you did you last notice the spring buds unfurling or look closely at the frost patterns on a winter leaf? I wonder, instead, how many hours you spent looking at a screen today, and how many times you checked your phone . . . You could have missed the changing of the seasons altogether.” (p.8)
“This is more than just a walk. This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simple being in nature, connecting with it through our senses. This is forest-bathing.” (p.12)
“There is no medicine you can take that has such a direct influence on your health as a walk in a beautiful forest.” (p.109)
“More trees, more happiness.”