Interesting article on the Japanese practice of forest bathing.
The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
To discover the answer, masters do nothing, and gain illumination. Forest bathing works similarly: Just be with trees. No hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.
City dwellers can benefit from the effects of trees with just a visit to the park. Brief exposure to greenery in urban environments can relieve stress levels, and experts have recommended “doses of nature” as part of treatment of attention disorders in children. What all of this evidence suggests is we don’t seem to need a lot of exposure to gain from nature — but regular contact appears to improve our immune system function and our wellbeing.
The first thing that came to my mind after reading this post was my weekly golf game. Feel so relaxed after every round. I leave my phone in the golf bag and switch off from the outside world for those 4.5 hours.
It is almost as good as meditation.