Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another week has gone and so it's time for a new Ghost Writer episode ... this week I have a Ghost-Writer post for you by Managua Gunn of Managua Gunn's Cabin Fever and I hope you all like this new GW-post very much.
!! I have published our new CDHK-prompt-list for August ... you can find it HERE !!
I am happy in the forest. The feeling of serenity that comes from walking in a forest does not stem from imagination. The natural setting, changing scenery with seasons and aromas, breezes all have wonderful benefits, and studies show that time spent among trees boosts immune system, lowers blood pressure, accordingly reduces stress and improves mood, increases ability to focus, accelerates recovery from surgery or illness, increases energy level and improves sleep,: the whole package in fact. The Japanese found a term for it: shinrin-yoku. 'forest bathing,' and Japanese health officials
encourage people to visit forests to relieve stress and improve health. The secret is in the science: while we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, their bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumorand virus-infected cells in our bodies. In one study, increased NK activity from a 3-day, two. night forest bathing trip lasted for more than thirty days. Japanese researchers are currently exploring whether exposure to forests can help prevent certain kinds of cancer. And spending time in nature, looking at plants, water, birds and other aspects of nature gives the cognitive portion of our brain a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be patient.
|© Managua 'Hamish' Gunn|
All these are just thoughts of course, for the writer must seek isolation, whether he or she likes it or not. So I walk through the forests and hills back to my train, marvelling that yet again I found my way.
My task today, as your ghostwriter at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, is to ask you to take a pen and pad of paper to the forest nearest to where you live. It is important you stand among the trees to compose your haiku – please feel free to add some notes about the forest you have chosen, or the collection of trees or plantation.
|© Managua 'Hamish' Gunn|
won't you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree
Cedar umbrellas, off
to Mount Yoshimo for
the cherry blossoms
I look forward to reading your haiku from your forest! Thanks again to Kristjaan.