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.
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!