Natural Bathing & Fractal VisioningAug 19, 2021
Natural Bathing & Fractal Visioning
When we swim, bathe or just hang out in natural bodies of water we experience a deep release of tensions in mind, body and energy. This experience is one of the great reasons for living close to nature.
The bathing itself has a healing effect and so does being immersed in a rich visual matrix of fractals created by the natural patterning of the rocks and plants.
I've copied and pasted an email from Paul Saladino M.D. (the Carnivore Diet guy) talking a bit about this and the recent research on it. He recently moved to Costa Rica and is loving the intensity of Nature.
I also included a photo of one of our favorite jungle waterfalls (Poz Azul) that we regularly visit for healing, rejuvenation, and to just "be" part of a living organism larger than ourselves...deeply recalibrating.
As you know our Path of Trika Mahāsiddha Yoga emphasizes getting close to nature often, and living in Nature if at all possible. One of the main characteristics of the original (pre-monastic) Mahāsiddhas was that they lived a deeply connected relationship with Nature.
When you come for retreat to the Costa Rica TMY Center we take you to the local waterfalls and secret beaches, because for as long as you have a body this experience is a great practice helping you come home to your True Nature.
My friend gave me a super book about Japanese forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) and it’s amazing…
Forest bathing is basically spending uninterrupted time in a forest and allowing your five senses (vision, smell, hearing, touch and taste) to fully connect with nature.
No phones allowed.
Researchers have been studying it for years…
And say it’s super beneficial for our immune system, stress levels, and can help with anxiety and depression.
One study found three-days of forest bathing had positive impacts on the participants’ natural killer immune cells, with the benefits lasting for an entire month...
And this systematic review concluded forest bathing may significantly improve people’s physical and psychological health.
I haven’t tried forest bathing but I do spend alot of time by myself in the jungle… that probably counts?
And I believe with all my heart that we need nature in order to be truly happy and healthy.
This is something I’ve explored in recent podcasts with Michael Easter and Donnie Vincent...
Michael Easter said nature is made up of fractals, which are repeated patterns occurring in different sizes and scales…
You see them in plants, rocks, rivers and mountains…
Do a google image search for ‘fractals in nature’ and check them out!
He says these patterns have a relaxing effect on our brains, creating alpha waves and mimicking the effects of meditation.
And Donnie Vincent says being in nature is the most rewarding aspect of his life…
He says extended periods in the wilderness is engraved in our DNA…
And that it will unlock parts of you that you never knew existed.
So few of us get to experience true wilderness, but I think deep immersion in nature is truly necessary for us!
Because if returning to our ancestral foods brings us radical health won’t a return to our ancestral environment do the same?
Three days in the wilderness might just be the answer to all your problems…
This is the Remembering.