Sunday, May 09, 2021

Tip#1246: The Recipe For Resilience, Part 52 – Avatar 2009 – Forest Bathing

This is Day 417 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada. 

I have discovered a new passion and ritual for what’s called Forest Bathing! It’s also known as Forest Therapy and Shinrin-yoku since this practice was founded in Japan. It’s a form of self-care for removing stress and depression and an effective way to disconnect from too much technology. It has become a very welcome addition to my methods of dealing with the long isolation of the current pandemic lock down. 

I am also so grateful I discovered nearby woods for Forest Bathing. Once I arrive I always immediately feel the calming affects of the trees. The sound of birds singing is so soothing and the sound of wind through the trees transports my whole body and mood into another world. 

Here are links I highly recommend you check out for some quick overviews of the health benefits of Forest Bathing:

• What is Japanese forest bathing and how can it improve your health – 1 min.
• Use Forest Bathing for Immune Boosting – 4 min.
About Phytoncides (wood essential oils) that boost immune system & stress relief

While in the woods I’ve intuitively put my hands on the trees as if I was plugging myself into our planet knowing that it’s roots are connected to other trees creating a vast underground network. This was a concept I was inspired by when I saw the film Avatar. That film definitely planted a seed (pun intended) of the magical power of trees and forests and how vital it is to create a loving relationship with them. 

Avatar (2009) 

The science fiction film, Avatar, is about a battle for the natural resources on the planet Pandora between visiting humans and the native tribe known as the Na’vi led by the human/avatar Jake Sully, a disabled former Marine (Sam Worthington). This epic and visually stunning movie also stars Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver.
See: movie trailer
Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video 

I believe this is one of the most visually immersive CGI world ever created on film. The detail in the alien forests, creatures and alien race is truly breathtaking! I am so happy I got to see this more than once in 3D on the big screen making it one of the most amazing cinematic experiences ever!

The messages for maintaining the natural forests and trees is delivered loud and clear in this film. It also mirrors how vital it is to understand and accept that our well-being is dependent on embracing and caring for the beauty, balance and energy of nature, animals and especially our forests. Through Jake’s eyes we see this beauty and then witness his attitude transform from a non-believer into a true leader who fights to keep this new world alive at all costs. Highly recommended you see this film! 

If you are feeling stressed, depressed, isolated or overwhelmed by technology then your prescription is to spend around 15 minutes or more in the tranquil energy of a forest. Find a balance of time with work and time being out in nature with your cell phone turned off. Get rejuvenated and re-energized in nature today! 


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Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
Part 19 – Mulan 2020
Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael

Part 21 – Enola Holmes
Part 22 – Kiss the Ground
Part 23 – Top 5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Movie Scenes
Part 24 – Hubie Halloween 
Part 25 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Part 26 – The Queen’s Gambit   
Part 27 – Trading Places 
Part 28 – Greenland 
Part 29 – Logan’s Run 
Part 30 – Moonstruck 

Part 31 – Remember the Night
Part 32 – Tenet
Part 33 – Noel 
Part 34 – Soul
Part 35 – Feel Good Energy of Movies & TV Shows 
Part 36 – Last Holiday 1950 & 2006 
Part 37 – Synchronic 
Part 38 – Appetite for Love 
Part 39 – Tomorrowland
Part 40 – Cinderella 2015

Part 41 – Top Secret! – Real Genius 
Part 42 – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind 
Part 43 – Coming 2 America
Part 44 – In & Of Itself 
Part 45 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League 
Part 46 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Part 47 – Bill & Ted Face the Music 
Part 48 – Housesitter 
Part 49 – Tampopo
Part 50 – You’ll Never Get Rich

Part 51 – The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 

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