More on "Forest Bathing."
Does that sense of cleansing we feel after an encounter with the woods come from an awareness of some kind of immanence above and beyond the fouled up tangle of our own thoughts and anxieties - an immanence that speaks to us without words or judgement?
Here is a quote from the Poet, Robert Creely, about his experiences as a child of walking in the woods.
I did however used to think, you know, in the woods walking, and as a kid playing the the woods, that there was a kind of immanence there - that woods, and places of that order, had a sense, a kind of presence, that you could feel; that there was something peculiarly, physically present, a feeling of place almost conscious... like God. It evoked that. - Robert Creely