As I explained last week, my usual Sunday posts only contain photographs with or without captions. But, since this month I am writing as part of a writing challenge, I have been prefacing my photos with some text.
Last year from late January until early October, I served as the Outreach and Education Program Manager for a local Land Trust. During that period of time, there were many, many events for which I had to organize, lead and network for regarding event speakers and volunteers. One such event was our Nature Bathing Hike. This was held at one of the Conservancy properties on a wet spring day, similar to today. The leader, after doing some research and placing calls, was found at our local university through a suggestion by another leader who conducted an event on nature writing for us. Apparently, they knew each other through their love of writing about nature.
It was the first time I had participated in such an event, so I was curious as to how it would go. Both the leader and the event were awesome! Nature Bathing or Forest Bathing allows one to slow down and notice the nature that surrounds us. Trees, twigs, buds, streams, become visually important for the details one notices by just stopping and paying attention to them. Sounds, such as bird song, babbling creeks, distant traffic or trains are as prevalent or diminished as you wish them to be. Tune in to the water rushing over the pebbles in the creek or the rustle of a creature scampering away in the undergrowth. It allows one to slow and center by being one with nature. It is meditative and relaxing. You could feel your worries and stress melt away!
It was one of the best experiences I had during my short tenure with the Conservancy. And, the dozen or so participants enjoyed it as well! If you have a chance to take a Forest Bathing or Nature Bathing Hike/Walk, I would highly recommend it. In celebration of Nature, today’s Somewhat Silent Sunday will offer some photography featuring forest trails.