21st October 2021 Dr Beena
Hello guys! I am going to muse about something that I discovered recently. I found this paper called khadi paper made from recycled tee shirts. The world got to know about khadi through Gandhi. In 1918, Gandhi began this movement of hand-spun cloth as a way of self-reliance from foreign rule. He hoped for a bond of unity between the classes and masses by bridging the gap with a common occupation, as he saw great social value in hand-spinning.
I painted the forest on khadi paper using watercolour. I noticed that this paper could hold plenty of water, and I could apply salt and do many other techniques. I am so delighted. This paper is inexpensive compared to some of the well-known brands of watercolour paper. Besides, for beginners, it is cost-saving as we can paint on both sides. I thought it a brilliant way to save our trees. I would love to see more gnarled trees on Earth, and maybe with technology, we can listen to stories the trees may share with us😊. Besides, for beginners like me, it is cost-effective.
I nearly forgot about Forest bathing or Shrin-yoku. Now Shirin -yoku is Japanese for a walk in the forest. It began in the 1980s, with the purpose to offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country’s nature. Though Japan takes the credit for the term, it is not new. It is a marvellous way to reflect and get back to oneself. I know many of us do not have the luxury of a walk in the forest. However, you can find a park or an open space with some plants or trees to go for a walk. Feel if it does help you. I had brought many of my friends to walk in the forest when they visited me. Allan was fortunate to trek in the woods when he came to Kuching. I did not know about Shirin-yoku, but I always loved trekking in the forest. There is this calming energy after the trek😊.
There are other parts of the world where forest bathing is a great eco-tourism. New York, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Hawaii and Kenya are places where you can do forest bathing. There are numerous health benefits to forest bathing.
I hope today’s musing on Forest bathing and khadi paper will ensure our belief in saving our trees. Let us try in our little way to save them. Till the next musing, remember every tree will store a story. Hence, send pleasant thoughts each time you pass by one😊.