Forest Guardians

Giant Guardians, Findhorn Gorge

Guardian Giants, on the Findhorn Gorge

From a sparkling day in early summer when all the leaves are fresh and brand new.  These two giant-sized (for the UK) fir (possibly Silver Fir) stand guard near the banks of the Findhorn Gorge.  As soon as I’m in the area I feel their uplifting energy,  they have a strong presence and just feel amazing, they really do bring the heavens down into the Earth.

Findhorn Gorge
The Findhorn carving through the gorge

I’m interested in recent research, from various institutes around the world, into the positive effects that being around trees has on us.  ‘Of course’, we say, as though we’d always known and felt this to be true – and individually, we do.  This research is very timely though, to engage decision makers and the wider public in actively promoting the benefits – both for us, and for trees and the wider ecosystem as our society relearns to love them.

“Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.”

Here’s a wee summary of the Japanese ‘medicine’ of forest-bathing  and the many scientifically-proven benefits.

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”

– Khalil Gibran

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