January 10, 2022

What If You Were to Go Forest Bathing?

Emma Harrison

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CeramicsForest Faces, 2021

Have you ever walked into a forest blissfully alone with a breeze in the leaves and a ray of sunshine breaking through twigs a-twitter with chiming song, like a tiny beacon of hope? And at that moment you just felt the weight and burden of your life melt off your back and your shoulders drop, taking your first free and deep inhale of the day? That feeling can be summed up as Forest Bathing, a mindfulness and relaxation practice sometimes medically prescribed in Japan. Forests with rows of sentinels, soft mossy groves and fungi galore dampen stresses and sounds, settling nerves. And these mugs show the Forest Faces, serene and welcoming. A reminder that the woods are there, to take a break and re-charge mind, body and soul. Now resting at home with a steaming-hot cuppa in a soft squishy chair, you feel the weight and burden of your life roll off your back and your shoulders drop. Exhale. And looking down, your mug is a Forest Face, serene and welcoming. A reminder of the quiet woods and the mud and peace you just trailed in. A sun-beam, a chirp, a falling leaf: serenity re-kindled in steam. Bathe and breathe.