Great Websites, Books, & Resources for a Healthy Life
Here are some of our favorite and inspiring Websites and other resources which have assisted us in regaining our Vibrant Health and Wellbeing. We hope you enjoy them and welcome any comments and additional recommendations.
‘Nature Always Wears the Colours of the Spirit.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Forest Bathing is as old as the hills… so to speak, but it is suddenly gaining popularity in our society… and none too soon! No small wonder… what with all the stressed out and over worked humans walking the planet. Highly therapeutic, hiking in a natural environment will blanket you with a sense of calm and peacefulness. Through regularly connecting with the natural world we gain a stronger sense of our own magnificence. So… ‘Go Take A Hike!’
Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of seeking a deeper connection with nature by spending intentional time surrounded by trees. Commonly referred to as forest bathing, the meditative practice involves all of our senses and has extraordinary effects on health and happiness. In Shinrin Yoku, Yoshifumi Miyazaki explains the science behind forest bathing and explores the many health benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, improved mood, and increased focus and energy. This useful guide also teaches you how to bring the benefits of the forest into the home through the use of essential oils, cypress baths, flower therapy, and bonsai. Whether you are exploring a city park, a woodland area, or even the trees in your own backyard, Shinrin Yoku will help you detox from the stress of modern life by opening your eyes to the healing power of trees.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy LIfe
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.