The Resting Tree

Forest Bathing

The Resting Tree

Ocala, Florida 34481, United States

Created By: On Top of the World, LLC


Commune with an Ancient Tree

Find a quiet corner within the forest, and take a moment to ground yourself. Close your eyes gently, allowing the natural sounds of the forest to envelop you. Breathe deeply, inhaling the earthy aroma that surrounds you, connecting with the very essence of the forest.

Now, slowly open your eyes and direct your attention to the magnificent, ancient tree before you. This tree, a sentinel of time, stands tall and wise, its roots firmly embedded in the earth, its branches reaching out to touch the sky.

Engage Your Senses

Direct your focus toward the age-old tree standing in front of you. Gaze upon its gnarled bark, silently seeking permission to touch it. Move closer, allowing your hands to explore its surface. Feel the rugged texture beneath your fingertips, tracing the cracks and crevices, gently touching the leaves, and running your hands along its branches.

· What visual characteristics and textures do you observe? How do these textures feel to the touch?

Sense Its Presence

As your hands move across the bark, pay attention to the sensations rippling through your fingers, arms, and body.

· How does touching the tree make its presence known throughout your being?

Inhale the Tree's Gift

Inhale deeply, imagining the tree offering you its life-giving oxygen and healing compounds. Picture the oxygen flowing from the leaves above, traveling down into your lungs, and circulating through your body.

· How does the oxygen feel as it enters your lungs?

Acknowledge the Sacred Exchange

Reflect on the sacred exchange occurring between you and the tree. As you breathe out, visualize your words of gratitude and reverence carried on the molecules of your breath, reaching the tree and becoming a part of its essence.

· How does it feel to know you're sharing this intimate connection with the tree?

Offer your heartfelt thanks to the tree for its presence, its oxygen, and its wisdom. Imagine your words being absorbed by the tree, becoming a part of its story. Know that you have shared a sacred moment with a living being that has witnessed centuries of life. Carry this connection with you, letting it nourish your soul and inspire your journey.

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This point of interest is part of the tour: Forest Bathing


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