I want to share my personal story with you. Many students on our Forest Bathing certification training program know that I work in hospitality. 2020 was the worst year for our industry and many people lost their jobs. That includes me. Along with many employees, I was made redundant by the beautiful wellness retreat I had worked at, due to plummeting number of international travelers normally visited our resorts. It started with an extended mandatory vacation leave to reduce the financial obligations for the company, and eventually we were all let go in December 2020.
The Mindful Business - Your Achievements, Habits, Goals and Ikigai. In week 14 of your TMT Shinrin Yoku training, we discuss your past achievements, the habits or system you have that contributed to those achievements, your life goal and what hinders you to reach your ikigai or life purpose.
We intuitively know that spending time in nature in good for us. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too. Critics often scoff that research about the Shinrin Yoku practice is lacking. However, there is growing scientific evidence that getting outside in a natural setting strengthens mind-body connection and, therefore, is good for health.
In Japan, Shinrin Yoku is built into the daily habits without much friction for many people, Japanese and foreign residents alike. This is easily accessible thanks to the clever city planning that beautifully weaves nature and well-paved walkways into the urban landscape. As a result, going for a Shinrin Yoku walk requires little planning, hence incorporating it into the daily life is convenient.
"Shinrin Yoku is the New Yoga," commented Pin Chinnapat, the founder of The Mindful Tourist. More and more medical researches and academic studies are highlighting the benefits of time spent in nature and the outdoors. As science continues to illustrate the many benefits of Shinrin Yoku, it wouldn’t be surprising if its popularity continues to rise in the coming years
Here's how to increase energy with TMT Breath®. Only 2 minutes of this breathwork in a virtual forest walk, you'll instantly feel energized. Breathwork has a ton of benefits on its own, but practicing it in the forest environment brings it to another level. If you have the privilege of living near to the forest or parks, go breathe mindfully and intentionally outdoors. Sit or lie under trees and simply focus on your breathing with your eyes opened and take it all in.
If you are a trained Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku guide, you probably have all the Forest Bathing basics covered. However, prior to the trip, there is the planning part and a well-planned itinerary ensures a safe and unforgettable experience for both you and your clients. In this blog, I am sharing the secrets, which I used when I planned our very first Forest Bathing trip in Kyoto, to a successful trip.
"I’m often asked how people should approach their physicians, who may be very adept at their craft but limited by the narrowness of the medical ideology. “It’s the same as going to a bakery,” I reply. “When you enter a bakery, don’t ask for salami, just as when you go to the butcher, it is no use to ask for cookies.” Receive, I suggest, what the physician can offer—and often that can be miraculous—but do not seek what the doctor cannot. Find alternative sources for what most physicians cannot provide: a holistic approach that considers not organs and systems but the entire human organism. Take responsibility for how you live, the food you ingest, your emotional balance, your spiritual development, the integrity of your relationships," mentioned Maté.
We believe that what our work is where we express our passion and purpose. It is our creative outlet and, therefore, is who we are. Living a life with meaning and value can make you happier, more content, more resilient through hard times, and more likely to influence the lives of others. By thinking creatively about how you can pursue your passion while still making a living, you'll get closer to finding your calling without losing financial stability. Through TMT Connected Community and 3 x 60-minute business consultations, you will be inspired and guided to ways to do what you love for a living.
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