“Feeling frazzled, depressed or less than healthy? Japanese researchers have discovered that ditching civilization for a few hours can be just what the doctor ordered. Known as shinrin yoku or, more commonly, forest bathing, the practice involves spending time in nature coupled with mindfulness. This simple method has been shown to dramatically reduce health complaints — and can even lower the risk of cancer.
[S]hinrin yoku is about immersing our senses in the beauty of nature for therapeutic value. The practice was first introduced by the Forest Agency of Japan in 1982 to help reduce stress and encourage relaxation. What wasn’t known at the time, however, was that forest bathing would lead to significant health benefits. Numerous studies have found that spending time mindfully in nature not only soothes the body and mind, but also offers a substantial boost in natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are responsible for keeping cancer cells in check and are a vital component of the immune system… [T]he increase in NK cell activity is attributed to breathing air infused with the essential oils of trees called phytonicides. These compounds protect trees from disease, insects and fungus — while also helping to boost immunity in people…
The principles behind shinrin yoku are quite straightforward. Basics include carrying adequate water and food, dressing appropriately for the weather and resting often. One of the main points to keep in mind is that this isn’t a hiking marathon, but rather a gentle stroll through the forest. Silence is also helpful in maintaining a sense of mindfulness. And Shinrin Yoku.org reminds us to breath, relax, wander, touch and listen so that we can fully embrace the practice.”
“This video explores Schwaller de Lubicz’s work, The Temple of Man. It demonstrated that the architects of the Luxor Temple used Sacred Geometry, which reflected the exact proportions of the human body. It also hints that the ancient Egyptians were using altered states of consciousness by using the pineal gland to explore the realm of the spirits…”
Also see: Magical Egypt: Luxor – Temple of Man (full episode)
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“The warrior, who is fully committed to walking the Path with a Heart, knows with every fibre of his being that life is the most poignantly beautiful mystery… An infinite mystery that is never going to be solved, and yet what is there that could possibly bring a greater sense of fulfillment, and therefore joy, than to embark on a never-ending journey of self discovery?
As a result, the warrior awakes each morning with the certainty that because there is more to learn, and so much more to discover about himself, he will not be going to bed that night the same person he is right now. Not knowing what battles he will be facing within the day’s activities, the warrior feels the need to be fully alert, fully objective in his approach to the day. With that feeling comes a natural fear of the unknown, and yet the warrior also feels assured that as long as he approaches the day with full respect, he will be able to handle his challenges impeccably.
But for the warrior, the most profound emotion that arises as he takes up shield anew each day, is the sense of melancholy that comes from knowing that he has no guarantees on life. This day is never going to come back, and neither is this hour, this particular interaction with life, this moment of opportunity. Therefore the warrior has no other wish than to embrace all of life as fully and as unconditionally as he possibly can, savouring every moment of every step taken, for he knows that no one experience is ever going to be repeated in the true sense of the word.
Tomorrow, even if there is a tomorrow, will not be the same as today, for by tomorrow the warrior will have leaned more, his knowledge will be greater, and therefore if the challenges of tomorrow appear to be a repeat of today’s, the experience gained will be different, simply because his knowledge will be different to what it is today.”
~Theun Mares (Shadows of Wolf Fire, pgs. 168-169)