Forest Immersion: Shinrin-Yoku as Novasutras Practice
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Forest Immersion: Shinrin-Yoku as Novasutras Practice

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

~ Rachel Carson

Basics and History of ‘Forest Bathing’: Shinrin-Yoku

The Japanese term for what English-speakers usually call ‘Forest Bathing’ is shinrin-yoku. The emphasis is on being ‘bathed’ or immersed in the sensory experiences …

Awareness and response: Styrofoam litter on a creekside trail
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Awareness and response: Styrofoam litter on a creekside trail

Perhaps you are well aware of the problems of polystyrene foam (frequently called ‘Styrofoam’): it is made from micro-plastic pellets (which were usually made from petroleum or another fossil-fuel feedstock like coal); it is rarely accepted in recycling programs because of its low density; it takes up a substantial volume in landfills; and the