“In every walk of nature, one receives more than he seeks.” John Muir
A guest post by Judy Brown:
Not green with envy. Nor the yucky sick green. But relish in the color green, all around you.
As I drove to my mother’s house the other day, I took note of how lush and green the surroundings were and how subtle it’s effects are.
Did you know there is a new type of therapy? It is called Green Therapy or Eco Therapy. The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing.
Even the name “forest bathing” sounds soothing.
Green Therapy has been shown to help children with ADHD, reduce stress and pain, increase immunity, and even help nursing home patients who suffer from dementia type anxiety. I suspect it might help with the pause too.
I find this concept ironic but affirming. It is so basic. Our ancestral hunter gatherer relatives are probably shaking their heads in disbelief. Fresh air and absorbing nature is now a therapy?!
Green is my favorite color. My house is green, my upstairs is painted green, my bedspread is a green floral print, and my dining room lamp has a green patina. When we built our house many years ago our lighting salesman told me I was “greening out”.
Feng shui wise, the color green is said to have a calming and restful effect. It creates balance and harmony. Some say it is the color of intimacy.
The crisp air of fall is arriving soon and the colors will change from green to oranges and reds and browns.
Whatever your source may be, whether it is sitting under a wispy willow or on blades of bluegrass, in your flower garden or the deep woods, watching a caterpillar or listening to the sounds of crickets and frogs, even eating spinach or sipping green tea …. take in some green!
When menopause creeps in to your day and the simple things seem to make your head spin, pause and redirect. Take a bath in the forest!
P.S. Anyone else a lover of green?
Photos: Every spring I await the blooms on the snowball bush in my yard. The blooms grace my front porch and make the wrens happy. Sunflowers everywhere make me smile, especially these in the quaint French town of Thouars, where I snapped this picture.