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The Daily Dharma – June 16, 2021

A row of trees casting shodows on a bright green lawn with blue sky and mountains of Wyoming in the distance.

What is Forest Bathing?

The word bathing, when used with the word forest, conjures images of swimming in rivers or lakes that are surrounded by trees. That’s rarely a part of forest bathing, but it’s not entirely off the mark. The air through which we walk is in many ways similar to water. It moves in currents, it flows in waves, you can see this in the myriad patterns of clouds floating in the ocean of sky. It is inhabited by living ecosystems from the glittering strands of breeze-borne seed along with the soil and fungal spores. Sound travels and spreads in layered patterns of information. In these ways and more, the atmosphere is much like the ocean. The air around us is an ocean in which we have always bathed.

M. Amos Clifford
from Forest Bathing

Wyoming Painting Seamus Berkeley