“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir ‘Father of National Parks.
The weather was sunny with only the faintest hint of chill in the breeze, a perfect spring’s day in other words, and we decided to make the most of it. When we had come to the region 3 or so years ago, we found a little leisurely walk in the Warby Ranges that was close to home yet felt like we were far removed from civilization and the wildflowers and running water made it truly enchanting.
So off we went to see how things had changed. It was green, the flowers were out as were the bright yellow wattles. However, the signs of a dry winter were also very evident with the stream and falls containing barely a trickle. Everyone’s fear of a drought this summer was looking very likely.
Yet we pushed that thought aside for the moment, what would come would come, and we enjoyed the peacefulness of the spot and the fact we were the only ones there. We also eyed off a rather steep ‘path’ up the falls and then decided we would play it safe and settle for a drink in a little green meadow area instead.
Listening to the kookaburra who serenaded us while we drank and took in our beautiful surroundings was restorative and we left feeling recharged after a week in the office. I also know this was not just my imagination, as studies have been conducted in Japan on ‘forest bathing’ where it has been proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone product and boost the immune system. Furthermore it helps remind us that we are all part of an interconnected system, it’s grounding and helps inspire creativity.
I remember when we lived in the city and we would travel out to places that had no people or buildings around it felt like my soul and body were recharging. Now that we live in the country I never feel that my batteries are depleted quite in that way, yet forest bathing always helps ease worries away and helps connect to the wild aspect of nature.
We hope to visit again soon.