Nurture your connection with nature for your wellbeing and that of the planet
In fact, the trees are murmuring under your feet,
a buried empathy; you tread it.
High over your head,
the canopy sieves light; a conversation
you lip-read. The forest
keeps different time;
slow hours as long as your life,
so you feel human.
So you feel more human; persuaded what you are
by wordless breath of wood, reason in resin.
You might name them-
oak, ash, holly, beech, elm-
but the giants are silence alive, superior,
and now you are all instinct;
swinging the small lamp of your heart
as you venture their world:
the green, shadowy, garlic air your ancestors breathed.Ah, you thought love human till you lost yourself in the forest, but it is more strange. These grave and patient saints who pray and pray and suffer your little embrace.
Carol Ann Duffy
Copyright © Carol Ann Duffy, 2019
Open your senses
What to expect when you're forest bathing
A gentle wandering of no more than 3-5km, a series of invitations from a trained forest bathing guide, freedom to participate as much or as little as you like, the opportunity to create eco-art, a tea ceremony, a small parting gift