Forest bathing - taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the woods - is good for your mind and body
On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group of people came together for a "bath" out in a wooded area at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum. And, while it's called bathing, no water was involved. Or bathtubs. And everyone kept their clothes on. Shoes, however, were optional. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku (shinrin means forest, yoku means bath) as it is called in Japan, is immersing or "bathing" yourself in the forest to absorb the sights, sounds, aromas and textures. It is not hiking. It is slowing down...
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