Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Forest walkies –I knew it was good for me!

Walk in the Forest to Heal Oneself – Fractal Enlightenment
"A popular practice in Japan called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ which means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ also known as ‘forest bathing‘."

This works for me, even on a dreary, damp day.

Song for the forest

The four sisters
The four sisters are holding court
As they gaze around  their forest
High atop their promontory
Integrity of connections amongst their kind
Though time will thwart their place
The forest stays strong, renews and regenerates

These queens of the forest
I wonder what they talk about
Do they comment on the changing seasons?
On birds and wings, mammals and claws?
Tree limbs exposed to the elements
Standing like gaunt skeletons
Do they gaze down at
Fallen leaves buried under fallen snow?

Amazing how they fall and lean for many years
Asperous rock-bound trunks stand
White pines untouched by humans
For a hundred years
They've faced their time on this earth
Rain and snow have not defeated them
Lightning has failed to topple them

Roots reach deep into the ground
Unlike their scabrous cedar sisters
Who succumbed to age and drought
Shallow roots failed to find sustaining life blood
Hopeless, they fall
Leaning in melancholy, mourning their lost lives
Failing to see the new saplings sprouting beyond their sight
This white pine amazes me

The forest keeps the frog pond tucked in
Arms wrapped around its length and breadth
There is protection under their loving arms
For they are all in this together
Somewhere, under the ice
Mammals, reptiles, insects
Amphibians, and larvae alike,
Both predator and prey
Do they know that they are all connected?

Deer and turkeys walk across frozen pond
Beneath, critters are undisturbed
Frogs sleep, dreaming of spring
Do they hum to keep their voices in tune?
Waiting to sing the love songs of sweet spring
Muskrats swim below
Seeking food in the frigid water
Do they take time for play?

  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
  • Increased flow of prana/life force
  • Deepening of friendships
  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

In frozen wetland, on frozen pond...


Crafty Green Poet said...

beautiful photos and words (specially the line about the forest keeping the frog pond tucked in). I love the woods in winter too

Out To Pasture said...

So true Jennifer. Better by far than any commercial health spa! Hurray for nature theraphy!

Hilary said...

It does have a way of healing... soothing.. reassuring. Thanks for this.

TexWisGirl said...

no doubt, therapeutic.

eileeninmd said...

Now I feel like taking a walk in the woods.. Lovely song and images..

William Kendall said...

The forest looks beautiful in all that snow!

The Furry Gnome said...

You can feel the difference as soon as you enter the woods!

Red said...

There is a theory that trees are families and communicate. Trees communicate to each other about diseases. It's an interesting idea to think about.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, Jenn...poem and photos. I don't know which I like best.
Love, K

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

All right ... I like this a lot and totally believe it is true; I always feel better after I've walked in the 'woods' or sort of 'jungle' that we have here in Florida, but I think that would count.

And as soon as I get over this darn cold I have right now, I will go on a long one.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love this post. Those Japanese and "forest bathing" what a concept.