A few days ago we had some beautiful sunlit days, and I felt drawn to go into the woods and hug some trees. Namai is born out of my love of nature, art, and travel, so of course the jackets are perfect for some tree bathing activity!
There isn't always access to forests, but in urban areas there are trees too. They keep the neighbourhoods shaded in Summer, ornately colored in Autumn, hopeful in Spring, and deeply rooted in the Winter. Even touching their trunks and gazing up into their branches can spark a feeling of connectedness to nature. I know, because I do it all the time!
Burnout can be really challenging at this time of year for all of us, and nature is such a real way to recharge and centre oneself. It has something I have found really useful so I thought I'd share some notes on Tree Bathing...
"Tree bathing fosters a deep connection to the natural world, promoting a sense of awe and reverence for the environment. This connection is essential for our overall well-being, providing a perspective that transcends the daily stresses of life and instilling a greater sense of harmony with the Earth."
Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants"
"The natural compounds emitted by trees, known as phytoncides, have been found to enhance the activity of our immune system. Breathing in these substances during forest walks can lead to a significant increase in the number and activity of natural killer cells, contributing to a stronger immune response."
"Nature has a profound impact on our well-being. The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, emphasizes the therapeutic effects of immersing oneself in nature. Studies show that spending time in a natural setting can reduce stress hormones and improve overall mental health."
"The clearest way in the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
- John Muir, "John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir"
So go ahead and hug a tree! Preferably wearing your Namai Jacket!