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SINGING IN THE GARDEN

Originating in Japan, where it's called
Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is gaining
popularity in the United States.
My woods-walking, as I've begun to call it, is peaceful.
As I try to determine where the path should go next, I
slow down and consider all the features carefully. Here's a
gnarly trunk. There's an arched tunnel. Oh look, that log
over the stream makes a perfect bridge.
I've been reading a lot, recently, about forest-bathing.
It seems that the world is beginning to re-discover the
pleasures of a shady path. Originating in Japan, where it's
called Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is gaining popularity
in the United States. Studies show it's therapeutic for a
stressed- out world, lowering blood pressure and raising
endorphins.
Basically, forest bathing is the act of wandering mindlessly in the woods, stopping to marvel, breathing deeply
in the tree-transpired air, and letting natural light and
texture have their way with you. If you wish, you can pay

a certified Forest Therapy Guide to go along.
I was unaware of this new trend, until my sister called
one day. She and my father had been to visit a woodlot
my family owns, and the biologist took them forest-bathing. Meg was breathless with excitement as she described
this new practice and how peaceful she felt as she stood
quietly beneath solemn pines bedazzled with sunlight.
When I hung up, I laughed. It turns out I'm ahead of
my time.
As I tramp my new trails, I am grateful for the gifts
of the trees. Not only for the joy they give me, but also
because I have learned that they are good for my health.
Scientists conjecture that forest-bathing might help
boost immunity. If only I can convince my doctor to
write me a prescription to leave work early. Walking in
the woods is a cure I'd be happy to take every day.

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