You've heard the phrase before, but have you ever taken a moment out of your day to do this? Although some trees, like people, are more huggable than others, they all need a hug now and again.
Time Required: 10 to 30 minutes
- Find yourself a quiet park, forest, or woodland area.
- Walk among the trees until you feel comfortable in their presence.
- Feel the different bark textures with the palms of your hands.
- Smell the scent of the various woods.
- Absorb their life's energies as you look upwards to the sprawling branches overhead.
- Find the perfect tree that fits your mood. You will know which one is right for you.
- Vertical Tree Hug: Encircle it with your arms while gently pressing your cheek to the trunk being careful not to scratch your face. Squeeze tightly. Sigh deeply. Be one with your tree.
- Full Body Tree Hug: Sit upon the ground wrapping your legs around the base of the tree and at the same time embracing it with your arms.
- Up in the Air Tree Hug: Climb a tree. Sit upon a strong limb and straddle it with your legs. Bend forward and place your belly against it while wrapping your arms about it.
- Feel free to hug more than one tree if the mood strikes. Besides, other trees might get jealous.
- You may like to take home a fallen leaf or nut as a keepsake from your new friend.
- Be sure to return each season to visit your tree. And don't be afraid to talk to it as trees are good listeners.
- Are You a True Tree Hugger? Take this quiz and find out.
- Also see: How to Embrace Mother Nature