Written by Albert Green, my father
This is an excerpt from a meditation my father wrote maybe 40 years ago! He goes on to talk about laying down Anger and Guilt and Worries and Fears. It is a powerful guided meditation. And as I was thinking about Angie Stegall’s talk about Forest Bathing, I realized my father intuitively understood Forest Bathing so long ago. He loved to go out in the woods. He loved being in the mountains. Lucky for me that I have so many of his writings and I was able to find this and share it with you.
A passage from a piece in Time Magazine, written in 2018 by Qing Li, says: “The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.”
When was the last time you were out in nature and just got quiet and listened and experienced, with no where to get to? Angie suggested even 5 minutes of quiet in your backyard would bring benefits. Are you willing to try that?
My Dad’s meditation ends like this…
And right now, take a moment and make a promise to yourself that you are going to FIND happiness and fulfillment.
You ARE going to do something you have been wanting to do … but have been putting off.
You ARE going to call someone, write to someone, visit someone. Forgive someone … Especially Yourself!
You ARE going to be your own best friend.
Today, tonight… fulfill your promise to yourself,
To make yourself happy again and to realize … you CAN make yourself feel alive.
The decision is yours and yours alone. So, make the decision and follow it through.
Wouldn’t it be a shame if you were to die today and realize … you had never really lived?
Don’t let that happen to you. You CAN live today and LIVE every minute you are alive.