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MINDFUL

THE SENSUAL WORLD

In The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing, Julia Plevin urges readers to spend time outdoors, activate their senses and get in touch with nature—and themselves. To reinvigorate your senses, practice focusing on them one by one. Focusing on each sense will help you open up to greater perception and awareness. As you meander, invite the forest in with all your senses. Take a moment to isolate each sense; then see how many senses you can engage at once. It’s a bit like rubbing your belly in a circle with one hand while trying to pat your head with the other, and it takes practice. Senses are like muscles that we can strengthen by being in the forest. As the calming forest enables your eyes to relax and you focus on what you hear, smell, taste and touch, you invite nature to seep in through all of your senses to provide healing. Nature is a healer; you just have to open up to her power and her healing. When all your senses are engaged at once, you are, by definition, fully present. It’s a feeling of being alive, and it is absolutely sensational.

SEE Nature cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg says, “If you compare light energy to musical scales, it would only be one octave that the naked eye can see, which is right in the middle.” In modern life, we rely a lot on our vision, but the benefits of nature are far more than what meets the eye. We take in 80 percent of our information through our eyes, and yet there’s so much that we can’t see with the naked eye.

You can smell your way to bliss. Place your nose next to a tree, plant, or the soil, and inhale deeply. Don’t try to recognize the aroma; let it dance through your nostrils as you share this connection with nature. Close your mouth and breathe in the nutrient-rich scents of the Earth.

LISTEN Close your eyes and focus on what you hear. Cup your hands over your ears and listen to the sounds of the birds 32

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SMELL

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