Inspiration: A Walk In The Woods

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I’ve always loved walking in the woods, especially on a crisp wintery day. Recently, I came upon the Japanese concept of Shinrinyoku, or “forest bathing”, which means to go deep into the woods where everything is silent and peaceful. Just being in the forest, seeking relaxation. It’s supposed to have calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits.

Who knew… it’s a thing.

To me, it’s a lifeline, an escape from an annoying and stressful world. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful walking partner, my great dane Jasmine – we get out into nature every chance we get. She loves to sniff around, and I love to just look closely at all the textures and colours, tucking inspiration away in my soul for future reference.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. – Hermann Hesse

Here are a few snaps taken on one of our recent walks…

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You’re never really alone out in the woods. Birds, animals and plants are all around. They’re the best company.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Betty-Ann Poirier says:

    The forest is a wonderful place to meditate and to let its wonders and beauties take over your soul for a while. It is my favourite place to be by myself. Though, as you rightfully say, “You are never alone in the woods.” Thanks Kim for the beautiful photos. I believe in shinrinyoku.

  2. Lynn says:

    beautiful photography – how lucky you are to be able to be one with nature.

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