Thank you for the article, I agree wholeheartedly with the many benefits of trees, which is one of the reasons I enjoy the outdoors and nature so much.
The Japanese have a word for this feeling � shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. In 2004, Japan�s National Land Afforestation Promotion Organisation conducted an experiment and discovered that a forest stroll had beneficial effects on blood pressure, heart rate and the immune system.
They also found that people who just looked at a forest view for 20 minutes had a 13 per cent lower concentration of the stress hormone cortisol.
As well as the physiological benefits of trees, attention is turning to the relatively new field of eco-psychology. This is based on the notion that our disconnection with nature is a central factor in many of our emotional woes.
�My Walks And Talks in the woods help clear the mind simply by breathing in the fresh oxygen being emitted from the leaves,� says Marcus. �The sounds, smells, sights, textures and even taste of the air enliven all five senses. I use trees as a metaphor for self-examination by acknowledging our roots, finding our heartwood, and focusing on how we can branch out to provide shade and fruits for others.�
__________________ "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanual Kant~
A great article.
I love trees as well, we have a lemon scented gum tree in our back yard, and just after a humid rain the perfume of lemon comes off the tree, and when you crush the leaves it gives off a lovely perfume as well.
Love the doggy pic as well
'The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy, is to go outside where they can be quiet, alone with heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wants to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature'
- Anne Frank