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Forest bathing as a path to mindful consumption

éclipse is starting a program of mindful fashion consumption; hosting monthly events to educate and promote thoughtful decision making when it comes to stuff (including clothing.)

At éclipse we believe that if you have a body, you are a hero! We are here to make your hero's journey as successful, comfortable and stylish as possible.

Our Shinrin-Yoku Forest Therapy event was more than we could have imagined ~ having the opportunity to slow down and engage all of our senses gave the gifts of peace, clarity and appreciation for all things (big and small!) in nature. Thank you to Darlene Rooney for graciously guiding us on our journey🌲

Our next monthly event is ‘Trash Talk’ on 12/7 @ 11am at the éclipse Studio in Longmont, Colorado. Sustainability Specialist Matt Hannon will answer all your recycling questions ~ you can even bring items to find out how to repurpose or recycle them. The event is FREE and space is limited. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/32UXD6f

☀️~ take a few quiet moments in nature today and recharge ~ 

 

The 10 Reasons to experience #shinrinyoku!

#1: Two beautiful, nourishing Japanese Traditions - both with ancient origins - in the same afternoon.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony dates back to the 9th Century, and represents purity, respect, tranquility and harmony, and a lot of preparation goes into the event.

The idea of Shinrin Yoku dates back to a crowded urban capital of Persia 2500 years ago, when Cyrus the Great recognized the need to increase human health and create a feeling of "calm", and planted a garden in the middle of the city.

In the 1950s researchers decided to look into the reasoning behind why so many people chose to spend time in nature, especially notorious locations like national parks.

Shinrin-yoku (森林浴), which literally means forest bathing, originated in Japan in the early 1980s and regarded as a form of eco or nature therapy.

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Reason #2: say goodbye to your Monkey Mind

Monkey mind? As humans, we have 50,000 thoughts a day, with our conscious mind swinging from thought to thought. The Buddha defined it best when he said: “just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night.” You can’t fight the Monkey Mind but you can learn to live in harmony with it, and it in turn quiets enough to understand the worries and fear we cycle through daily aren’t really as bad as they may seem in our head.

The #3 reason you’ll ❤️the Forest Bathing experience: the aromatic substances produced by plants and trees have been linked with lower inflammation and having brain protection benefits. No pills, just nature!

Here’s your Reason #4 to give it a go!
#4: Engage and connect with all five senses. Take time to see, hear, smell, feel and even taste - during the Japanese area Ceremony, allowing a full body integration into the experience of Shinrin-Yoku/Forest Bathing. Doesn’t that sound luscious?!

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Reason #5:
Doctors all over the country are becoming Forest Bathing guides. They understand the mind-body benefit of taking a walk in nature, even writing prescriptions for their patients to take a walk in the park or on a local trail.

Treat yourself to an experience in nature alongside a trained Shinrin-Yoku guide! 

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Reason #6 

Forest therapy (a.k.a. forest bathing) with a guide is like the difference between practicing yoga with a teacher, and watching a yoga video.

The principles of forest bathing may be easy to understand, but having a trained guide during the experience gives you the opportunity to shut down the “doing” part of you and instead allow yourself be gently guided, while also receiving suggestions and answers to your questions. Your nervous system and mind will thank you!

#7: lower your cortisol levels and help your adrenals.

According to a University of Michigan study, just 20 minutes of contact with nature lowers stress hormone levels. Spend a little more time in nature, like 30 to 40 minutes sitting or walking, and cortisol levels drop to their greatest rate.

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Reason #8: according to a study by the EPA, the average American spends 93% of his/her time indoors.


Why wait for the new year to start your resolution for a healthier lifestyle, slowing down, and spending more time in nature? Join us November 16 here in Longmont, Colorado for our November event: Forest Bathing, and gain inspiration on how you can make time in nature part of your everyday life. 

#9: a slow and intentional way to begin this holiday season, and the coming New Year.


Forest Bathing with a trained guide is an opportunity to give your mind and nervous system some pause for space and nurturing. There’s a reason Forest Bathing is also called ‘Forest Therapy’. 
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#10: You won’t actually be in a bath 😉

So why is it called Forest BATHING?
During the guided experience, you’ll be immersed in the energy of nature, helping you slow down and clear your mind, while benefitting from the full senses experience spending time in nature offers.

Our next monthly event is ‘Trash Talk’ on 12/7 @ 11am at the éclipse Studio in Longmont, Colorado. Sustainability Specialist Matt Hannon will answer all your recycling questions ~ you can even bring items to find out how to repurpose or recycle them. The event is FREE and space is limited. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/32UXD6f 


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