How To Hug a Tree

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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 its last fighting chance to survive. I have seen it happen twice, both times with my sister.

How To Hug a Tree

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.

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 to 30 minutes
here’s how:

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.

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