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In the dark days of winter, since ancient times, humans have felt the need to bring greenery into their homes. Today we have Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, Hanukah bushes, and scores of houseplants, but many religions have embraced this spiritual need as part of their winter and solstice traditions as well as venerating trees throughout the year as a divine symbol that connects Heaven and Earth.
Recently our travels took us to Slovenia and Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene), a breathtaking glacier lake that has an interesting history.
Did you know there’s an easy natural therapy that has been clinically shown to boost the immune system; lower high blood pressure, increase energy, and protect against inflammation as well as a long list of other benefits? It’s called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, a therapy gaining popularity in Japan and increasingly recommended by physicians to patients suffering from ailments caused or aggravated by the rhythm and stress of urban and modern life.
Getting kids to turn off the TV and go outside doesn’t have to be a struggle. It can be as simple as opening a book about chipmunks, bringing home the feather of a local bird, or looking at pictures of herbs and rocks. Every season offers different opportunities for children to experience firsthand the wonders nature has to offer, but what better time to start the quest of nature and self-discovery than spring!