In 1982, the Japanese government introduced the concept of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” urging citizens to make use of the country’s 3,000 wooded miles for therapy. Tomohide Akiyama, then chief of the forestry ministry, understood intuitively that the woods do people good, while distance from nature makes us sick.
While Japan was championing forest bathing, an American scientist was formulating a thesis that explains why nature moves all people, wherever they are from. According to Biophilia, the 1984 book by evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, people have a biological urge to commune with the primordial mother, Earth, which nurtures us. He believed that humans have evolved to love all forms of life and the processes that reflect our existence, which are everywhere visible in nature. Wilson called that attachment biophilia, from the Greek bios, meaning life, and philos, meaning loving.
Our urge to merge with nature is impossible to measure biologically, Wilson said. Yet he believed that “our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hopes rise on its currents.”
Thanks for the response, and sorry for my late reply. After our last correspondence, I got hospitalized and a whirlwind of events occurred so I haven’t logged on for a bit. Turns out that this was the right call as I would have to suffer very high healthcare costs if I had quit my job. Makes sense that I should have been able to look at my Bazi/ZWDS to figure this out, and good advice that I don’t need a career break to reflect, but it’s really hard to make such decisions in heat of the moment.
When you are feeling better, let me know. I’ll try my best to help you out. Give me a text if I missed the post. My apologies in advance.
When you are feeling better, delicate 30min each day. Take a scroll in the park. Nature and Trees absorb your negative energy or qi. You can go and read about this aspect of natural healing.