Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Shinrinyoku, anyone?

Unless you are fluent in the Japanese language you most likely do not know what this word means. I heard it for the first time yesterday, and when I read up on it here I found the information sound and inspiring.

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Shinrinyoku means forest bathing. Spending time among trees holds benefits that positively impact ones health – who knew? While I didn’t necessarily have scientific proof that walking and snow shoeing immersed in nature and surrounded by trees can have such a positive impact on my mental, emotional and physical health, I have been acutely aware that I feel energized and rejuvenated after my excursions.

Actually, I feel that way after I spend even a short time outside. Sun shine intensifies the experience! What does this have to do with creativity? Feeling energized will get the proverbial “juices” flowing… I can’t help it, I come up with the best ideas when I walk. I have blogged about this many times and supported the words with countless images. A walk, whether it takes place in a forest or along the lake shore, pushes away the dark mental clouds and creativity barriers. Try it – it’s the best remedy to combat the winter blues!

This entry was published on January 8, 2013 at 7:07 am. It’s filed under Creativity Update, In the News, Journaling, Landscape photography, Nature photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

10 thoughts on “Shinrinyoku, anyone?

  1. Katina on said:

    I thought of you recently on a drive to Peggy’s Cove. The tide was out and had left the rocks exposed but covered in broken ice. Such a picture, but there is no where to pull over along that road and it would have been difficult and dangerous to get close enough to the rocks. You probably would have figured something out.


    • Oh, a drive to Peggy’s Cove – that conjures up fond memories. I would have LOVED to have seen it with ice shards along the shore during low tide! Too bad there wasn’t a place to pull over and capture it for inspiration. Maybe next time!


  2. I know I too am more creative on the days when I walk! Who knew there was fact to back that “feeling” up? Hurray for movement!
    Carol k


  3. Cathy Willoughby on said:

    I agree, Anna. I’ve gotten back to walking everyday along the nearby creek pathway. I take my camera and have gotten some great shots for the “Branching Out” class I’m taking with Rosalie this summer. Winter trees are so graphic. As well, I’ve had more energy for everyday chores and am sleeping better.


  4. Linda Dirkson on said:

    I totally agree with you Anna and I also experience renewed energy when I am in a place I have never been. When I have been away for a period of time from my day to day surroundings. My case for a holiday!!


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