When I want to slow my mind, let go of a long day or seek more joy in my life, I step into the forest. Getting my feet on the dirt and letting the green of the trees and warmth of the sunlight wash over me, works every time. I always come out of the forest more relaxed than when I stepped in.
1. Go for a walk in the park.
Surround yourself with the forest you have. Look for nearby parks, community gardens or anywhere with greens or trees.
2. Take care of a plant.
In being amongst trees and nature increases immune response, decreases markers for inflammation, and can be a mood booster, as well. He also says there is research that shows that simply having a plant in view can affect your mood. If you have a plant in view, it can decrease anger dramatically.
3. Walk mindfully wherever you are.
There are always opportunities to be more mindful when you are walking. Give your attention to your surroundings. One walking meditation I really enjoy is noticing something beautiful and saying, “this is love.” Interestingly, the more love I notice, the more love I notice.
4. Write about forest bathing.
We can feel the good vibes of forest bathing. Just by turning my attention to remembering how the dirt and leaves crunched under my hiking shoes, and how the sun streamed through the trees, I am transported. Write about how you feel when you are in nature.
5. Visit The Goddess Garden!
The buildings are distributed over an area of 14 acres using the natural clearings in the forest to build the resort. The water in the rooms is heated by solar panels to cut down the use of electricity. Our restaurant serves mainly vegetarian dishes with organic vegetables and fruits locally grown. We compost our organic leftovers. This compost is put back as fertilizer in our garden.
Every action to conserve energy helps to minimize the damage that we cause to Mother Earth and we go the old fashion way of drying the clothes in the sun when possible. In our vision for the future is the creation of the Peace Garden. At the Goddess Garden, we would like to have a museum in the forest with sculptures and paintings representing the feminine energy of the Universe. It will be dedicated to honor Mother Earth.
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