In our daily lives, we often rush from meeting to meeting, appointment to appointment, class to class, with little opportunity to catch our breath! We want to encourage you to Take 5...

In 5 minutes, you can experience a northern Minnesota forest as spring arrives. The snow and ice have thawed and the stream begins to flow.

Take a closer look and you'll see that the forest floor has already come to life, carpeted with woodland flowers and even lady slippers—a sure sign that spring is here to stay.

As the forest awakens, let yourself relax and rejuvenate, following vocal prompts to let the stress go and focus on you. Five minutes may be all the time you have, and all the time you need, to bring the power of nature right to you!

Created by renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock in collaboration with the Center for Spirituality & Healing, this unique video uses guided imagery to lead you through a series of stress reduction exercises using the power of a northern Minnesota forest coming to life.

Select the version of the video that best suits you—vocal prompts that guide you through relaxation; music and nature sounds only; or solely nature sounds. Choose the one that best meets your needs, and then let us know what you think by completing this short survey.

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