This week I did a little forest bathing – ‘Shinrin-yoku’ to the Japanese. It’s the practice of immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere, and is said to reduce stress, and maybe even prevent cancer. I took my forest bath by walking to Coomera Falls, through subtropical rainforest, in the lovely Lamington National Park. The winter forest was sunlit and still, refreshed after several days’ rain. Many birds that frequent the forest in spring and summer are elsewhere at this time, and the ones that remain seem quiet and subdued. In summer this place buzzes and hums with insects, day and night, but they are all silent now. This leaves the stage open for that most marvelous of songsters, the lyrebird.
Here is a short recording I took along the walking path, during my forest bath, of Mr Albert Lyrebird singing. Perhaps it will allow you a brief dip into the forest, from wherever you are reading.