“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” – Ann Hood
You may have heard the term, “Tree Hugger,” in passing, but it turns out there some valid science and healing behind hugging a tree.
In the book Blinded by Science, Matthew Silverstone writes that there is evidence that trees provide health benefits for ADHD & depression.
It is written that, “Hugging a tree increases levels of hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. When hugging a tree, the hormones serotonin and dopamine make you feel happier. We can use this “free” space in the forest to holistically heal ourselves.
As you seek to connect, here is some advice from the tree whisperer & author; Holly Worton,
“Seek out places that have a “special” sort of energy or go to a place in Nature where you feel drawn to. Sit still, and bathe in the energy of the place. Meditate if you like. Focus on how you feel in this place, so you can recognize this feeling in other places.”
Next is a poem on centering ourselves as the world rolls in and out below our feet:
Much of spirituality
tips its cap at
of a human life
Reading the tides;
our internal compass
So the outer world
Aligning with the cycles
While howling at the moon
Witnessing the earth
trying to be
Letting our own leaves
So Spring can bloom again
The mantra to play with this week is a powerful one. Breathing in; GROW and out ROOT.
This time of year you may feel a natural shift toward growth, and adding a grounding root to the mantra will encourage success where ever you choose to plant seeds.
Photo Prompt for the week: You might want to try shooting the close-up portions of trees, or the canopy above. The blooms from trees this time of year are another fantastic option.
For the Journalers and Writers, here is a writing prompt for the week: If you were a tree, what advice might you offer to humans on earth right now? What blooming trees are in your city and which are your favorites?
If you love trees, and want to further connect, learn and read more about their living perspective; check out the book, “If Trees could talk: Life Lessons from the Wisdom of the Woods,” by Holly Worton.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
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Hood, A. (n.d.). Hug a Tree Ann Hood. Www.Brainyquote.Com. Retrieved February 13, 2021
Silverstone, M. (2021). Blinded by Science. Lloyd’s World Publishing.
Worton, H. (2019), Pg 260. If Trees Could Talk: Life Lessons from the Wisdom of the Woods. Tribal Publishing.
Spring Forest Bird Sounds: License: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). You are allowed to use sound effects free of charge and royalty free in your multimedia projects for commercial or non-commercial purposes.