I know many of you out there are laughing right now, but if you really knew my family you would understand completely. My sister (with whom I share a birthday only 16 years apart) has on more than one occasion killed a tree hugging it. Okay stop laughing, it's true. If you are in poor health or your body it's self needs repairing do not, I repeat NO NOT hug a tree. It just might feel sorry for you and give you it's last fighting chance to survive. I have seen it happen twice, both times with my sister.
How To Hug a Tree
- 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.