Philadelphi — If you accompany Tami Astorino and Rachel Rubin into the forest, you’re in for an invitation to explore — gently, slowly, one sense at a time.
Look around with fascination rather than focused attention, they will tell you. Listen for sounds nearby and far away — rustling of leaves, birdsong, insects. Breathe deeply and smell the scents of the woods. Open your mouth wide and taste the air. Feel the earth beneath your feet, the soil between your fingers.
“When you wake up your five senses, which are dulled by modern life, your sixth sense is awakened,” explained wellness leader Astorino. “To me, this is why forest bathing has an appeal now more than ever. Because we’re inundated with information, and it’s hard to hear our own voice.”