The Circular Economy of Nature

A cedar, mother-tree in old-growth forest in Haida Gwaii“Forest Bathing” – a term that seems to be appearing more often these days, is one that does not require much explanation. Anyone who ventures into a forest to walk the dog, hike a trail, or escape urbanity, is familiar with that sense of calm that washes over oneself. That ability to focus on nothing, to breathe more deeply and to be absolutely present.

A concept that emerged from Japan in the 1980’s, “Shinrin-yoku” is a practice that focuses on mindful walking in nature while taking it in with all of the senses. We all know how great we feel after hugging a tree or two, but there is also scientific proof that time spent in nature provides actual health benefits.

Not only is a stroll in the forest beneficial to our physical wellbeing, it is also being studied to understand how spending time in nature can assist with addiction recovery, in diminishing cancer and auto-immune diseases, and in improving mental health. It is certainly present on Bluewater expeditions, where we witness how living on a small ship for a week immersed in nature, can positively transform everyone aboard.

It is projected that, by 2050, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities where we may face even greater threat of nature-deficit disorder than we do today. The good news is it does not take much time in nature to have a positive impact on our health.

Immersing oneself in nature in a meaningful way creates a special connection. That connection encourages us to take greater care of our wild spaces, bringing this positive impact full circle in a wonderful symbiotic relationship that keeps inviting us back.

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