It’s long been recognized that humans have a biological need to connect with nature and are instinctively drawn to it. Just by being in nature, we become stronger, there are profound positive effects on your spiritual, mental, and physical health.
Spending time in a forest can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger; strengthen the immune system and improve cardiovascular, metabolic health, and overall well-being.
Qing Li Japanese medical doctor and researcher who coined the phrase “Forest Bathing”states, “The health secrets of trees seem to lie in two things; the higher concentration of oxygen that exists in a forest, as compared to an urban setting, and the presence of plant chemicals called phytoncides. Phytoncides are natural oils that are part of a plant’s defense system against bacteria, insects, and fungi. Exposure to these substances can have measurable health benefits for humans. Physiological stress is reduced, and both blood pressure and heart rate are lowered. Evergreens; pine, cedar, spruce, and conifers, are the largest producers of phytoncides, so walking in an evergreen forest seems to have the greatest health benefits.”
In his research, Qing Li has found that forest bathing has many benefits to human health:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Now lets add “Forest Breathing” to this equation with specific Breath Control techniques.
Additionally, there is more than oils and bacteria that benefit us.. How about frequency and vibrations.
There is something to be said about the connection and vibration of the forest with humans when they come together. All things in our universe are constantly in motion and vibrating. Even objects that appear to be still are actually vibrating and oscillating at various frequencies. In general, all matter is vibrations of various underlying fields. Ultimately all of nature vibrates.
Something amazing happens when different vibrating things come together: They will often start, after a little while, to vibrate together at the same frequency. They “sync up,” sometimes in ways that can seem mysterious. This is described as the phenomenon of spontaneous self-organization. From the book: Sync How Order Emerges from Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life by Steven H. Strogatz
The benefits of the human body entering the forest and practicing Breath Control Techniques will harmonize the vibrations and connect and ground your body, mind, and spirit with the land around you.
Interestingly, biological organisms can quickly exchange information through various biophysical pathways, both electrical and electrochemical.
For example, many species in the forest interact with their environment through the use of sound waves such as vibrations. Whether it be the strike of a wood pecker, the song of an eagle or the ultrasonic call of a bat, many organisms use sound to interact. Sound waves respond and interact with the surfaces in which they contact. While some surfaces may enhance the sounds, such as range and tonality, others may totally absorb or interrupt the movement of those sound waves. The different species that produce calls at all sorts of frequencies and the way these vibrations reflect and absorb on the bark of the trees and the moss on the ground determines the range of vibration given to the forest. With Breath Control trainining we can mimic and interact with these vibrations.
Incorporating Breath Control’s “Forest Breathing” in your life you will be able to get outdoors, ground and reconnect through nature while enjoying all the health benefits.