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    I love being outside and my backyard is beautiful. When I move into my condo I will spend time in one of our beautiful parks walking the trails like I did last time I lived in one.

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    Back in 2013 razz started a discussion on this same topic, which came up for me when I searched this site for "shinrin". There were contributions from
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    In Your Guide to Forest Bathing Clifford asserts that each of us carries a forest inside us... which is capable of a connection with the living trees we might walk among in the forest today. My inner forest would consist of trees I was aware of earlier in my life.

    Upon reflection, I believe I do carry an inner forest.

    I distinctly recall the sensations I felt as "a boy out on a limb" of an immense cottonwood tree in my childhood hometown.
    ... and gazing up a towering ponderosa pine that grew beside Rapid Creek in the Black Hills.
    ... and 2 summers ago visiting South Manitou Island and walking to see the ancient white cedars in the "valley of the giants".
    ... etc.

    The nugget of insight is "the forest has your back". That is, the forest I behold today embraces (or hugs) the forest I carry when I relax and allow the connection to happen.

    http://www.manitoutransit.com/islands/cedar.html

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    This is awesome, dado.

    First of all, you made me nostalgic mentioning members that have left since 2013.

    But regarding forests, I truly do feel different when I'm among the trees. My heart rate goes down, I feel detached from the world, and I feel safe and protected, so I think connecting with my inner forest makes sense. Derrick Jensen has said that when he doesn't know an answer to a question or a solution to a problem he asks a tree.

    Do you recommend Clifford's book?

    If you do love trees and books, I would highly recommend books by Gene Logsdon, particularly A Sanctuary of Trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post

    Do you recommend Clifford's book?

    If you do love trees and books, I would highly recommend books by Gene Logsdon, particularly A Sanctuary of Trees.
    Thank you for the heads up on Logsdon's book. I will put it on my reading list. I have barely cracked Clifford's book. I would say the idea of the inner forest appealed to me immensely. I can bolt it on to concepts from C G Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Aldo Leopold.

    A couple days ago, as I was walking in a forest that has grown back after the cutover, for a long time I was into the rhythm of my snowshoes. I saw the blistered bark of balsams, and at unexpected moments I heard calls of a nuthatch and a pileated woodpecker. I thought perhaps the meaning was, "we'll get through this."

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/trees/balsam-fir.html

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    That is the comfort found in nature - undisturbed by human emotions, serene, restorative and at peace.
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Today I broke a new trail in the forest... tramping on snowshoes. I am investigating a new sit spot, with conifers standing to the north, at my back, and a small pond to the south. I am thinking it will be a highly pleasurable spot at which to sit during spring thaw

    I want to take off my fur-trimmed hat to Orwell Village School in Orwell VT and Walter G. Byers Elementary School in Charlotte NC. http://www.edutopia.org/video/how-pr...sts-well-being

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    I see in the news that the states of Washington and Mississippi are taking new initiatives to form alliances with landowners in the interest of forest health. (I am sure things are afoot in other states that I have seen nothing about.)

    Where wildfires are a threat, conditions are more vulnerable with dense forests, ladder fuels, and an absence of defensible space around structures.

    Wherever you live, I suppose there is a state Department of Natural Resources webpage about forest health. Kudos to the foresters who have put up actionable information. I, living in the Northern Highlands of WI, look to MN and WI for my information.

    http://dnr.wisconsin.gov/sites/defau...Report2020.pdf

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    Dado, you might enjoy music in the forest
    https://www.classicfm.com/composers/...est-xylophone/
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Alternatives to cutting down trees acknowledged with $3,000,000 award to a Vancouver environmentalist valuing the forests we need to breathe.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...ward-1.5900101
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    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Alternatives to cutting down trees acknowledged with $3,000,000 award to a Vancouver environmentalist valuing the forests we need to breathe.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...ward-1.5900101
    Awesome!!!
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