Reconnecting with Nature: A Guided Journey with Taimi Post


In Aspira’s recent webinar, attendees were treated to an enlightening and enriching exploration of mindfulness and nature therapy with a familiar speaker and seasoned expert in the field, Taimi Post. The webinar delved into the practice of forest bathing and the science of mindfulness in nature.

Her 35 Years in Senior Living and Care
With a career spanning over 35 years in senior living and care, Taimi Post has been a driving force in the sector. Recognizing the need for self-care and well-being, Taimi has turned to nature, eventually becoming certified as a guide in the science of mindfulness in nature. Taimi's work - which includes hosting day retreats at her stunning 400-acre property in Ontario - has helped participants feel connected, refreshed, creative, less anxious, and even sleep better. 

Nathan's Role in Vibrant Community Building
Joining Post was Nathan Casteneda, the National Director of Resident Engagement at Aspira. His dedicated team create vibrant and fun-filled programs that offer incredible activities and excursions. They ensure residents have an abundance of choices to stay active and engaged at all stages of their lives.

The Practice of Forest Bathing
Taimi took the attendees on a virtual journey through the woods and meadows of the Canadian Shield region. Again, the focus was on a practice known as forest bathing, or Shinrin Yoku, derived from a Japanese program designed to support well-being. The process revolves around time spent in nature and slowing down, noticing surroundings, and soothing and healing oneself. According to Taimi, the benefits of forest therapy include reduced stress and anxiety, improved concentration, creativity, a sense of well-being, and better sleep. Her guidance offers a clearly defined sequence of invitations designed to provide structure while embracing creativity.

10 Steps to Forest Bathing
Taimi broke down the process of forest bathing into 10 simple steps:

  • Find Your Nature Space: Nature is everywhere; you just need to find your special place, she said, even if it's your backyard.
  • Be You: Relax and be in the moment. Don't worry about doing it right, just witness your surroundings.
  • Hold Space: Make a commitment to set aside undistracted time for yourself in nature.
  • Explore Your Senses: Practice breathing exercises to enliven your senses and become attuned to your surroundings she advises.
  • Take it Slow: Whether sitting or walking, take it slow to notice more of what nature has in store.
  • Seek Connection: Focus on one thing at a time and find how it is connected to others, and to you.
  • Be Curious: Allow yourself to be curious again. Explore the world with enthusiasm and wonder.
  • Spend Time with You: Contemplate the thoughts that come to you as you witness nature.
  • Gratitude: Recognize the moments that were meaningful during your experience. Taimi even shares her gratitude poem.
  • Make a Promise to Do It Again: Practice forest bathing often. Remember, “We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we've lost our connection to nature, we've lost our connection to ourselves,” Taimi says.

To enjoy this virtual journey through nature with Taimi please click here.

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