There are many benefits to hugging a tree; decreased static electricity, increased cognitive functioning, decreased stress, increased endorphin release, anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancement, a chance to reconnect with nature and find some gratitude and loving kindness.
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How to hug a tree –
If you haven’t a mature tree in your garden go visit the local park or the botanic gardens or hike the closest woodlands or Forrest trail. Find a tree that speaks to you or is impressive in its stature. Go give it a hug. Get over your fear of embarrassment – break your rigidity. So what if passers-by sneer. The hug you give is not just to the tree but to yourself and your spirit.
As you hug, extend from you heart gratitude to the tree for being the lungs of the world, it gifts us oxygen and it absorbs carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gasses. Inhale the goodness it exhales – exhale that gratitude that it will feed upon. Feel its solidity – its stature and strength. It was once a seed. What an accomplishment. Inhale its inspiration, exhale your appreciation – cherish the moment a while. Then go enjoy the rest of your day.