BK 42: (Dec 7, 2021) Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature


Hi Everyone...

Our Dec 7th discussion will be on the book The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature by Clemens G. Arvay (Feb 1, 2018). 

With 172 reading pages it will be approximately 5 pages a day. 

Check out the Bio, Videos and Website below: 

Did you know that spending time in a forest activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for inducing calm and regeneration? Or that spending just one single day in a wooded area increases the number of natural killer cells in the blood by almost 40 percent on average?

We’ve all had an intuitive sense of the healing power of nature. Clemens G. Arvay’s new book brings us the science to verify this power, sharing fascinating research along with teachings and tools for accessing the therapeutic properties of the forest and natural world. Already a bestseller in Germany, The Biophilia Effect is a book that transforms our understanding of our interconnection with nature―and shows us how to engage the natural world wherever we live for greater health, inspiration, rejuvenation, and spiritual sustenance.

His Website

Eco-Psychosomatics: Medicine of the Future (2016)

Song: Biophilic Tree 

This is what we discussed at our meeting...

* Overall feeling/value of the book

* Gardens

* Varieties of Tomatoes 

* Information on Children

* Sex in Woods

* Mindfulness Meditation & other forms

* Progressive Relaxation

* Autogenic psychotherapy

* Ecopsychneuroimmunology/Ecopsychsomatic

* "Meadows"

* "Indole"

* Terpenes vs Phytoncides

* Fascination/Awe/Dr. Paul Piff

* Woods helping Immune System/NK Cells

* Woods helping blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety, depression, PTSD, pain, stress, sleep problems, gastrointestinal,

* Value of Research

* Beneficial Tree List

* Beneficial Garden plants

* Shinrin Yoku

* Erich Fromm

* Plant communication

* Lavender 

* Visualization techniques to kill tumors cells

* Neutrophils

* Adaptation

* Imaginative psychotherapy/guided imagery

* Nature does not care who we are etc.

* Nature triggers unconscious positive and negative emotions

* Fresh Cut Grass Smell

* The Kaplans' Research Attention Restoration Theory

* Flow

* 60% of chronic disease due to stress

* "Being Away"

* Wilderness Retreats

* Green Couch

* Sleeping in woods

* Example of Anxiety/Panic/Derealization

* First half vs Second half of book

* 3 Sisters/planting

* Quotes in leaf image

* Vitamin C

* Lycopene/Tomatoes

* Cancer

** If there is anything I have forgotten please email me & let me now!