Slow Living doesn't mean sitting STILL
The Hines Drive Ramble
Embracing a slow-living lifestyle doesn't mean not moving. In fact the rules of engagement for 'self-care' almost demands it.
Slow-living is a wellness concept that encourages you to connect with friends, with the environment, your community and your SELF. It discourages multi-tasking and asks you to unplug and attend... where better to do that than by getting into the trees?*
Metro Times recently published 30 stellar Michigan hiking trails, some right here in Metro Detroit, like the photo from the Hines Drive Ramble.
Maybe getting on the water for canoe or kayaking is more your style... maybe you could find out if it's your style by exploring the Canals of Detroit. Awesome Mitten has shared the six best paddle tours around the state from Detroit to Municing.
And lastly, maybe a retreat is in order? Boost your current yoga practice and get into the trees and on water at the Barefoot & Free Yoga Retreat July 28-30 at Proud Lake Recreation Area.
Whichever outdoor adventure you choose, getting moving is a form of self-care too. Michigan has THE best summer weather; but it's fleeting.
*I'll advocate for getting into the trees and exploring some of the hiking trails partly because I am so enchanted by the idea of 'Shinrin yoku'. Literally 'forest bathing', the Japanese phrase 'shinrin yoku' means achieving physical and mental well-being by bathing in the smells, sights, and sounds of the forest.
Wishing you well!
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician