Thank you for your reply - this video offers a relatively quick look into Forest Bathing.firebirdflys wrote: You've mentioned forest bathing a couple times now, I've not heard this term but I'm getting a visual of running around in the forest skyclad.
Or is it more like the quote by Muir?, "The Mountains are calling and I must go" where one would indeed encounter forest.
Charity begins at home. How can one claim to be practicing any form of Earth spirituality and not be pissed off just watching the news or even looking at what is on the shelves of any retailer? Show love to yourself by living a healthy lifestyle that benefits the planet. Support local eco-minded agriculture and food producers. Say 'NO!' to Wal Mart and their ilk. Go outside barefoot. Greet the plants and insects in your own backyard, make a bird feeder or birdbath for the local creatures, walk on the dirt and grass, touch the water, breathe the air while we have it. How about pick up a piece of trash, walk a block instead of driving or get on a bike. The Earth does not suffer so that some can claim a fashionable religion.Tylluan wrote:I feel such grief at the harm we've caused the planet. I do get especially annoyed with Witches and Pagans who don't try and do anything to help. We need to be Plastic Free Witches. We need to stop ordering 'stuff' online because our polyester cape makes us feel like a Witch. We need to worship our local stones instead of importing and mining pretty stones and crystals. We need to learn our local plants and what they do before we ship over something from another country.
We need to be the eco warriors and push for change. Otherwise isn't our Nature loving path a sham?
Thank you for sharing! Humanity has such a love affair with Nature, it is so beautiful and gives me hope that we can pull through. May I make my own contribution and sharing in the form of Bjork's Earth Intruders.firebirdflys wrote:Oh yeah! I love John Muir, my hero
We have some quotes here of his, the one you posted is in there too! http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... 36056.html
Also I wrote a little story about a trip to the mountains, guess forest bathing has be present most of my life! http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... 28360.html
Here's the band Omnia, they have great pagan music, and one that speaks in this vein a bit (warning...some disturbing imagry)
We have to do what we can locally, encourage the young one to be guardians, enjoy what we have while we are here, be excellent to each other.
I agree with you completely!Juniper wrote:I think one of the biggest ways to reconnect is to simply be out in nature. Spend less time inside, no air conditioning, maybe spend as much time backpacking and camping as you can. Stop listening and reading about statistics, get out and feel them. The heartbeat of all nature,in all things. It's hard to care for something if you're disconnected from it, so simply reconnect. I know the earth is waiting with arms wide open!
That cracked me up. You know I forget sometimes how hard it must be for those who live surrounded by cement to get out and experience nature, though I may be with that person in the sense that your forest is tropical I presume, the bugs must be giant, and what else? Do you guys have monkeys? I hear they can be mean, that would freak me out a bit. We only have to concern ourselves with rattlesnakes and a possible mountain lion in California. Bears I'm less concerned with, in Mammoth we had one come thruogh camp every morning, but I believe we placed our tent next to his trail to town where he hoped to get in a dumpster. Once in Yosemite a bear went around the kids tent then went to ravage the neighbors ice chest of watermelon and steak. Most places provide a bear box these days, we never had that growing up, but mom and dad always had the pots and pans ready to bang together, and used them quite occasionally to scare them off.birublackzoey wrote: I also worry what is going to drop down from these trees.
Yes. We can connect best right where we are with what's under our noses and do better with less costuming & play acting. Take the time to really know what attaches our souls to this one planet.Tylluan wrote:?.. ... We need to worship our local stones instead of importing and mining pretty stones and crystals. We need to learn our local plants and what they do before we ship over something from another country... ... ?