In our busy modern lives, many of us who live in cities may not get the chance to visit the forest very often, but we can experience the forest within, through the tool of guided imagery. Anytime you feel like you need to reset your nervous system, close your eyes, even if it is just for a few minutes. Then, while breathing naturally, visualize yourself in the forest. Really imagine that you are there, with all of your senses. Notice what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. Then return to your day, feeling the forest within.
And, whenever possible, go to visit an actual forest! Surrounded by the healing color green, we feel Peace inside our beings. So much healing happens in nature. To tap into the healing powers, some people are now taking small groups into the forest for guided therapy. Have you heard of Forest Bathing? Sari Telpner, a Forest Therapy Guide, hosts a beautiful website where you can read all about Forest Therapy, also called Forest Bathing. (Visit her site here: Wild Wellness Guide.)
Do you ever hike barefoot in the woods? In recent years, hiking barefoot has become one of my favorite pastimes. I have hiked barefoot in many beautiful places including California, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Soon I will post a blog article about the benefits of walking barefoot in nature.
In the Ramayana, the ancient magical story from India, when Rama and his wife Sita are exiled to the forest for fourteen years, they connect deeply with the healing energies of nature. They love the forest and all its creatures, and when we read this story we feel that love along with them. A long, long time ago, before television and internet, in many villages in India it was customary for everyone to gather around the fire each evening and tell the story of the Ramayana. Now this story is available for you to read in a brand new version, which is a fusion of sacred ancient scripture with futuristic elevated vision. You will love reading this story! Please read more about it here: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.
Whether you bring the forest to you through a mid-day visualization, or you visit an actual forest (and perhaps journey with a Forest Therapy Guide), or you enjoy the forest through the eyes of Rama and Sita while reading The Tejaswini Ramayana, in any case I pray it brings you Peace. May that peace linger in you and benefit those you meet. May you feel the forest within.