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Inside this Book – When I pictured shinrin yoku, “forest bathing,” I conjured Sleeping Beauty in her corpse phase, surrounded by primordial trees, twittering birds and shafts of sunlight. You just knew she was somehow taking it all in, and she’d awake refreshed, enlightened and ready for her hot prince. But this was wrong on so many levels. First off, Japan doesn’t have a lot of primeval forest left, and second, you have to work at this, although corpselike moments are not discouraged. In Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, a ninety-minute train ride from Tokyo, I was supposed to be concentrating on the cicadas and the sound of a flowing creek when a loud Mitsubishi van rumbled by. It was disgorging more campers to a nearby tent village where kids were running around with their fishing poles and pink bed pillows. This was nature, Japan-style. The dozen others with me on our shinrin yoku hike didn’t seem to mind the distractions. The Japanese go crazy for this practice, which is standard preventive medicine here. It involves cultivating your senses to open them to the woods. It’s not about wilderness; it’s about the nature/civilization hybrid the Japanese have cultivated for thousands of years. You can stroll a little, write a haiku, crack open a spicebush twig and inhale its woodsy, sassy scent. The whole notion is predicated on an ancient bond that can be unearthed with a few sensory tricks.
Inside this book –The Nature Fix PDF Book by Florence Williams – Park Hyun-Soo didn’t look like a man on chemotherapy. Forty-one and with a full head of black hair, he can hike the socks off anyone, but he prefers to take his time. I met him after a basic country lunch of eight kinds of kimchi and a plate of neatly sliced homemade tofu. Eating the tofu was a little like biting into air and earth at the same time, a barely solid cloud of undemanding goodness. The kimchi, on the other hand, had a flavor as subtle as a firecracker. Each slice of cabbage, sesame leaf, radish and mystery veggie had been rubbed and soaked in hot chiles, garlic and anchovy paste. I went light on the kimchi but I’d eaten too much tofu. If Korean food is all about balancing flavors, I was clearly lopsided, as Americans tend to be. We like the easy pale food. I felt the need to walk briskly, but that wasn’t about to happen. First, there was tea. Not exactly a forest ranger, Park is more of a ranger- slash-shaman. Remarkably, that is pretty much his official job description. He is part of a new breed of Korean Forest Agency employee known as a forest healing instructor. He’d actually gone to graduate school for this, passing rigorous entrance qualifications. He did not always aspire to this profession. He began his career as many South Koreans do, in a competitive corporate job—in his case, general manager of a hospital clinic in a city a few hours south of Seoul. But then, at age thirty-four, he received a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia. He had a wife and three small children. He sought peace and recovery in the nearby woods, and it worked so well he decided to orient his entire life to the cypress trees. Here, in his mountain aerie, he stands at the forefront of South Korea’s project to medicalize nature, beginning with its immediate sensory effects.
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- Full Book Name – The Nature Fix
- Author of this Book – Florence Williams
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Environment, Health, Non-Fiction, Psychology
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