Shinrin-yoku | Sanlimyok

Shinrin-yoku is a japanese (Sanlimyok in korean) concept that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It involves taking a visit to a forested area for the purposes of recreation by way of leisurely walks and simply “being” in the forest.

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It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.

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Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world. It is considered a way of overcoming stress, mending having spent too much time spent with electronic devices or just to helping you to unwind.

Forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin-yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”

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Visit a park, forest, woods or area with plenty of trees and nature and take it the sights around you, smell the aroma of the trees and bushes, hear the bird songs and listen to the sounds of the animals moving and scurrying as they go about their daily business of living. Hear the sounds of water trickling, the trees rustling and the birds crying overhead as they fly between the trees.

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After even 15 minutes of wandering through a forest in the “Shinrin-yoku” way results in feeling calmer, your stress levels fall and even your blood pressure may drop.It may decrease anxiety, depression and anger.

The idea is to experience the forest as fully as possible with all of your senses, dipping yourself into it as you’d slip into a bath. Allow everything to wash over you as you sit, stand or walk through the forest.

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Shinrin-yoku es un concepto japonés  (Sanlimyok en coreano) que significa “tomar en la atmósfera del bosque” o “bañarse en el bosque”. Se trata de hacer una visita a una zona boscosa con fines de recreación a través de paseos y simplemente “estar” en el bosque.

Se trata de dar paseos por un entorno natural poniendo atención al olor que desprenden las plantas, el ruido del viento en las hojas de los árboles y toda la gama de colores y texturas que el entorno nos ofrece.

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Es una práctica que consiste en pasar tiempo en el bosque, con el objetivo de mejorar la salud, el bienestar y la felicidad. El término viene de su principio más importante: es beneficioso bañarse y sumergirse en la atmósfera del bosque.

Se trata de una actividad procedente de Japón con gran tradición en diferentes culturas del mundo que invita a curar espiritualmente a las personas que lo practican. Precisamente, su componente espiritual es básico.

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En realidad, el bosque no es el único espacio donde se puede realizar, sino que cualquier espacio natural y abierto puede servir. Hay muchas actividades que se pueden realizar en estos lugares mientras se pasea por ellos que pueden beneficiar a la persona. Es importante en todas ellas escuchar, estar tranquilo, aceptar y reconocer la presencia propia y dejar que los sentidos sientan y disfruten de lo que hay a su alrededor.

 

 

 

 

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