Physician, heal thyself

Back when we were kids my mom used to take us girls to the Ginko room for lunch at the Morton Arboretum. 9_9FPVKtThis outdoor museum is in Lisle, Illinois. Many of my childhood friends remember this place since it is just minutes from where we grew up.

Recently my sister Angela and I visited the arboretum. It was near Mother’s Day and I wanted to see things that reminded me of her. Our mom passed away more that seven years ago.  Angela and I  spent that perfect spring day attending a Forest Bathing class at the Arboretum.

What the heck is that?

If you want to find a way to destress and get a dose of fresh air and maybe some Vit D from that big bright ball in the sky that we in the Midwest really miss in the winter months – then consider trying it.  It was not tree hugging – although I guess you could do that if you want.

forest-bathingOur guide took the group of 12 of us on a three hour journey experiencing the forest with our senses. Forest Bathing – or shinrin-yoku- provides natural relaxation experiencing trees and nature.


According to a study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of his or her time indoors. Way way too much indoor time.

So why am I telling you about Forest Bathing?

As I have mentioned grief wears me out. Spending time outdoors resets my mind, recharges my body and enriches me.

This is why I love running outside !!  Do you love the smell in the air after a gentle rain? Do you like camping or hiking? Or maybe it is not the forest – maybe the beach is your connection.

If you can’t hang out in a forest for hours once a week (I know I can’t find that time) try and get small doses of the outdoors. Go for a walk. Or run. Ride a bike. Sit out on your back porch. Climb a dune or lay on the beach.

Please take this advice from me.


Lisa (AKA- sister, friend, kid’s doctor, Angel mom, Nolan’s mom )garden walk

If you are interested in more info in Forest Bathing here is a good article:

One thought on “Physician, heal thyself

  1. I’ve been following your posts, and I just recently took a trip to do this!! My, well, everything felt recharged! Grounded and connected to what’s around me, experiencing self love in something I enjoy doing. I just want you to know that I’ve always admired and looked up to your strong inner strength. I thank God he put women like you, around me!


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