10 Words From Different Languages that Perfectly Describe Nature

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1.  Shinrin-Yoku

(n) Japanese word directly translated as “forest bathing”. A visit to the forest for relaxation.

2.  Friluftsliv

(n.) Translated as “open-air living”, this Swedish word describes the ancient Nordic philosophy of outdoor life.

3.  Waldeinsamkeit

(n.) German for a feeling of forest solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature.

4.  Komorebi

(n.) Japanese for describing the phenomena when sunlight filters through the trees and the interplay between the light and the leaves.

5.  Mångata

(n.) This Swedish word is used to describe the light the moon casts on the water that looks like a road.

6.  Biophilia

(n.) A love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms.  This English word was made popular by American biologist, E. O. Wilson describing the connections that humans subconsciously seek with the rest of life.

7.  Dadirri

(n.) An Aboriginal Australian word describing contemplation, deep inner listening and quiet awareness of creation that allows you to be at peace with yourself and come to a deeper understanding of the beauty of nature.

8.  Meriggiare

(n.) A perfect word from the Italians.  Best translated as a means “to escape the heat of the midday sun by resting in the shade.”

9.  Madrugada

(n.) Spanish for the moment at dawn when night greets day.

10.  Aloha aina

(n.) A lovely Hawaiian word to express one’s love of the land.

 

Duncan Murdoch

NATURE & FOREST THERAPY GUIDE Duncan is a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide living and working in Vermont. As an interdisciplinary thinker, Duncan has accrued his experience and knowledge from improvisational and film Meisner based acting, teaching, producing original theater, painting & sculpting, horticulture, land management and music. Duncan grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain in rural Vermont where his deep connection to Nature was formed. After receiving his Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification from ANFT in 2015, he began his official practice in New York City guiding the first Forest Bathing groups in Central Park. He worked as a Horticulturalist for the NYC parks Department and co-created the first shinrin-yoku forested walking trail on Randall’s Island. He moved back to Vermont in 2015 and began his work with the Intervale Center growing and planting native trees and stewarding the land. He now serves on the South Burlington Natural Resource Committee and is a board member of the South Burlington Land Trust. He is part of the UVM Integrative Health Practitioner Network and frequently conducts Forest Therapy walks throughout the beautiful state with his organization, Nature Connection Guide.

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