Tag: Urban Forest Therapy

A collection of articles and writing about Urban Forest Therapy

  • 🍂Embrace the Autumn Equinox – 5 Nature Infused Ways to Celebrate the Shift of the Season🌼

    | 12 min Read |

    🌿 Happy Equinox, dear friends!

    The autumn equinox, also known as the fall equinox, holds significance due to its role in marking the transition from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

    It occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator, resulting in roughly equal lengths of day and night.

    This moment of balance between light and darkness symbolizes several meaningful concepts:

    Harvest and Abundance: The autumn equinox traditionally aligns with the harvest season, a time when crops are gathered and stored for the coming months. It’s a celebration of abundance, gratitude, and the fruits of hard work.

    Balance and Harmony: The equinox is a fleeting moment when day and night are approximately equal in length. This symbolizes a sense of balance and harmony, both in nature and within ourselves. It encourages us to find equilibrium amid life’s transitions.

    Transition and Reflection: As summer transitions to fall, the equinox marks a shift in the natural world. This change invites us to reflect on the passing of time and embrace the beauty of impermanence.

    Renewal and Transformation: The equinox serves as a reminder that nature operates in cycles. Just as trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter, we too can let go of what no longer serves us, making space for growth and renewal.

    Cultural Celebrations: Across cultures, the autumn equinox has been observed with various rituals and celebrations. From festivals like Mabon to cultural traditions associated with harvest, it’s a time of connection to heritage and community.

    In essence, the autumn equinox invites us to align with the rhythms of nature, to embrace change with grace, and to find both unity and renewal in the cycles of life. It’s a moment to appreciate the interconnectedness of all things and to cultivate a sense of mindfulness and presence.

    As the autumn equinox graces us with its presence, let’s revel in the beauty of this transitional moment and connect deeply with nature’s rhythms.

    Here are five wonderful ways to celebrate the equinox while immersing yourself in the wonders of the natural world:

    🌞 Sunrise or Sunset Meditation: 

    Begin or end your equinox day with a meditation session while watching the sunrise or sunset. Find a peaceful spot outdoors, feel the earth beneath you, and let the golden hues of the sun fill you with tranquility. Let the shifting light remind you of life’s constant changes and the beauty they bring.

    🌳 Forest Bathing Adventure: 

    Venture into a nearby forest or park for a serene forest bathing experience. As you walk among the trees, take in the sights, sounds, and scents of the environment. Tune in to the rustling leaves and the gentle breeze, and embrace the equinox as a reminder of balance and harmony in nature.

    🍁 Equinox Ritual of Gratitude:

    Create a personal equinox ritual outdoors. Find a quiet spot, perhaps near a tree or by a body of water. Reflect on the abundance in your life and offer gratitude for the blessings of the past season. As you release fallen leaves or petals into the wind, let go of what no longer serves you, making space for new beginnings.

    🌼 Nature Art Expression:

    Celebrate the equinox by expressing your creativity through nature-inspired art. Collect fallen leaves, acorns, and twigs to craft a seasonal collage or arrangement. Use these gifts from nature to symbolize your connection to the earth’s cycles and your own journey of growth.

    🍂 Equinox Picnic Gathering:

    Gather with friends or family for an equinox picnic in a park or garden. Share seasonal foods, bask in each other’s company, and engage in conversations about the changing seasons. This shared experience honors the transition while fostering a sense of community and connection.

    By embracing these nature-infused celebrations, we create moments of mindfulness and connection that resonate long after the equinox sun sets. 🌄🌿

  • What does Urban Forest Therapy look like?

    2 min read

    I let my eyes look at the fallen petals
    on the sidewalk as though I was in a museum,
    taking in an abstract piece of art.

    You can practice forest therapy anywhere.

    Despite feeling like I had a lot to get done today (and “didn’t have time”), I took a short walk around my city neighborhood.

    I couldn’t help but slow down as I started to see tiny pink petals appear beneath my feet and realized I was approaching a beautiful blooming tree.

    I let my eyes look at the fallen petals on the sidewalk as though I was in a museum, taking in an abstract piece of art.

    I paused to tune into the sensations under my feet. I felt the soft, squishy, slippery petals and noticed the contrast between how the petals felt compared to the grittiness of the sidewalk.

    I stepped around in it, noticing how the airy petals responded to my movement. I made my own masterpiece by gliding the toe of my shoe around in the petals.

    Then I looked up at the tree. For a few minutes, I let my eyes soften and study how the petals were arranged on the tree, little bunches all the way up the branches. I let my mind look for any shapes that appeared like you do when you look at clouds in the sky. Just noticed what came to mind.

    I looked through the petals and let the blue sky take focus while the petals went soft.

    I took a deep breath to see if I could catch the scent of the blooms in the wind. A soft, sweet floral scent filled my nose.

    I took another deep breath and allowed myself to pause for one extra moment. To really be present and find peace in that moment.

    I let myself enjoy the peace of presense🕊

    I felt my body relax and started on my way.

    My walk didn’t last more than 20 minutes but I vividly remember those few moments I paused with the pink petals on the sidewalk more than any of it.

    I came back to my desk refreshed and ready to dive back into work.

    How do you connect with nature in your neighborhood?