Ron Meador I may be among the last nature-minded media consumers in the country to encounter “forest bathing,” a therapeutic practice that’s currently trending and has nothing whatever to do with backpacking, nudity or soap.Perhaps it's because I spend too much time in environmental journalism’s mainstream. The bathing buzz is louder in places like Lifehacker, whose headline last week was, "I Went Forest Bathing in Central Park and It Didn’t Feel Like Bullshit."How can you not click on that link? But it will stay live for you, I promise, if you hang with me awhile as we delve into this intriguing Japanese way of enhancing mental wellness while possibly fighting off a range of physical diseases such as diabetes.I may as well begin...
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Why Japanese 'forest bathing' — which has nothing to do with soap — is trending as a way to address mental and physical ills