It’s been about two months and three weeks now since I’ve taken the Yasei Shinrin Yoku distance learning course. The first lesson was quite overwhelming for me as this is my first time at attempting a course in getting to know nature.
I like the philosophy and the beliefs that Yasei Wildcraft Forest School has. It’s so inline with my beliefs and how I really feel about the natural world around us.
This course came to me at the right time, just when I needed it. I swear I’ve seen this website before last year and I just couldn’t understand why is it only now that I’m seeing the course enrollment button. I guess there is always a time for everything.
But I digress.
During the first lesson, I found out about myself when it comes to the natural world. One of the assignments was about getting to know the plants and trees around me. I didn’t realise that there were so many types of shrubs, trees, fruit trees, flower and more around me. And I’m not talking about the jungle. But more of around the area I live in. Every day, I take the same road to work, play, to have coffee with my friends, to my family’s home, and yet, I’m not really aware of the shapes and sizes of the plants.
It’s interesting to know that I’ve been more aware of what I see when I see plants and the greens around me. I realised I’m paying more attention than ever before. Now I see trees differently. It’s about discerning the shape of the leaves, the size of the trunk, the way the crown of the tree forms, the height of the shrub, the buds of flowering plants and so much more.
Suddenly, I feel like I’m getting to know the natural world better. And it comes so automatically. I love how I’m noticing so much more even when I’m in the city. I guess this is what it means to be a Shinrin Yoku guide. It’s about noticing life around me – the spirit and energy that flows through every plant, tree, flower and shrub.
I’m happy that I took this course. And I’m so blessed that I’m living in a country where the natural world is still widely visible around me. This makes it so much easier for me to practice presence in nature.