Livingness (def.) - the condition or quality of having life and being alive; active or thriving, vigorous, strong; flowing freely, as water
The Healing Power of Nature
I firmly believe that we need to spend time in nature for our own well-being - our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical selves need a respite from the busyness of life. When we take a "time out" (out in nature, that is) we allow ourselves to replenish our personal energy that allows us to rejoin our partners, families, friends and co-workers from a place of calm. In addition to the fee-based services provided by TLC, here are some other ways to step out on your own:
- From time-to-time I run mindful and meditative walks out in nature - either through an existing Meetup group, through a local municipality (i.e., town/city/county) or through a nature-based organization. In the past, I ran the MIMEwalk Meetup group (April 2012 - March 2018) that took monthly walks on local trails, greenways and labyrinths. This group was mentioned in Raleigh Magazine.
- If you want to head out on your own, check out my "how to" flyer that can help you get started.
- If you want to know more about the health benefits, see The New Nature Walk article from the June 2014 issue of O (The Oprah Magazine) where the group I ran was mentioned. This improved "forest bathing" sense of wellness is known as shinrin-yoku.
The Livingness Center (TLC)
The Livingness Center (TLC) is focused on shinrin-yoku sensory experiences that ground us in the here-now. TLC is based on the belief that the “all of us” needs to be involved in wellness/healing. This is often talked about as bio-psycho-social; or, body-mind-spirit; or, physical-mental-emotional-spiritual. What is important is that many of our experiences aren’t holistic – it’s more about body OR mind/spirit – we need to get back to the totality of it all, the gestalt of it all – to the AND of it all!
The Livingness Center leads Shinrin-Yoku groups in the Wake Co., NC area (Cary, Raleigh).
For participants enrolled in in any of the 3-week Shinrin-Yoku groups, coaching services are available during or immediately after the group series.
The Livingness Center runs nature-based Shinrin-Yoku walks for organizations including event planning/running; or, DIY materials.