Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 10 - Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is the practice of immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere.

This challenge requires you get outside 15 minutes per day for 5 days.

What was your experience?

That in the early hours of the morning Estes Park is not a mad-house and the it's quiet and you can see the beauty.

Where did you go?

Thursday, June 14 - sitting along the river walk by the post office very early in the morning.
Friday, June 15 - sitting by a pond watching the ducks and listening to the river flow past.
Saturday, June 16 - sitting by the river in the national park, early in the morning
Sunday, June 17 - sitting on a rock under the trees up the hill from where I am living early in the morning
Monday, June 18 - sitting at the top of Trail Ridge road at 12,009 feet watching the sun rise.

Did you feel more relaxed after having been outside?

Yes - but that went away quickly as I had to be around others who were driving to and from and busy, busy, busy.

While this is a great concept - the effects didn't last long for me. Within 5 minutes of leaving my little area each day there were people that were loud, being rude or foolish and the sounds of traffic and the like. It's sad to say that the calming mood this exercise gave me was quickly destroyed by others doing things that, in the early hours I was doing this exercise, 5 AM-7 AM, should really not be a part of Estes Park. It's like the human race can't be quiet and people don't respect a new place, they treat it like where they are from and just keep doing what they always do no matter what.

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