Posts Tagged ‘Tree Hugging’

Four Eccentric Ways Trees Can Heal You

More tree love, and, um, yeah … guess I am pretty eccentric. 😉 I have regularly engaged in all of these ways since childhood, and I can honestly say, they work!

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Via RMN:

Fauns, elves, pixies, ghouls, trolls – the image of forests and woodlands arouse many feelings of mystery and intrigue.  Not only do forests bring to mind mythical creatures, but they’re also the home of countless folklore tales and superstitions.  Did you know that the Druids and the Germanic Pagans used to worship trees?  No wonder the forest, in all its ethereal splendor, is the perfect place for us to take solitary strolls.

Interestingly, forests also provide the perfect place to holistically heal ourselves.  All our daily tensions, struggles and woes can perish through some simple forest therapy.  We all have forests, bush-lands, and woodlands near us.  But how can we make the best out of these erudite ecosystems?  You’ll find some suggestions below.

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The Unbounded Spirit ~ Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated

Thanks to RMN for pointing to this timely piece, which goes so well with yesterday’s post, “3 Tree Interventions and a 10/10 1-Day Special.”

The Unbounded Spirit ~ Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated

It has been recently scientifically validated that hugging trees is good for you. Research has shown that you don’t even have to touch a tree to get better, you just need to be within its vicinity has a beneficial effect.

In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees do in fact improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and other various forms of mental illness. He even points to research indicating a tree’s ability to alleviate headaches in humans seeking relief by communing with trees.

The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. Specifically, the research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Also, he quotes a major public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing.”

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Singing Plants at Damanhur

More indications of intelligent, communicating and creative plant life!

For an excellent article regarding the science behind this video, as well as scientific proof that tree hugging is now scientifically validated, please click here. The video accompanied the article, but the article itself is great!

If you’re not familiar with Damanhur, please delight your senses and imagination and click here.

FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 82,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees

I had just sat down to read about the Elementals when they drew my attention to the following monstrosity of a plan. Heads up, tree lovers, organic foodies, and Nature lovers, when FEMA wants to chop down 82,000 perfectly healthy trees, cover the ground with two feet of wood mulch and then pour Roundup all over that land … it’s not about improving the soil! It’s about a Monsanto payout — yes, for those who don’t already know, the GMO company brought us Roundup and Agent Orange — and a major attack on Mother Earth and the high proportion of tree-hugging humans inhabiting the Bay Area. While everyone’s out Marching Against Monsanto and demanding GMO labels, Monsanto’s workin’ another angle.

UPDATE: I’m bumping up a comment from Million Trees: “People are concerned about the use of Roundup by this project because they know more about it. In fact, a much more toxic herbicide will be sprayed on the stumps of tens of thousands of trees that will be destroyed. Garlon with the active ingredient triclopyr is less well known than Roundup, but more toxic. If people knew as much about Garlon as they know about Roundup they would be more concerned about this destructive project. Roundup will also be foliar sprayed on non-native shrubs.

Thanks for covering this issue.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Do read the comments below, as some local people are speaking up regarding the pro’s of this plan as well, in terms of returning native trees and vegetation. My main concern is the large amounts of toxic chemicals being released into the environment. The original information was found on RMN.

Info and action tips below (originally seen on RMN):

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving to chop down 22,000 trees in Berkeley’s historic Strawberry and Claremont Canyons and over 60,000 more in Oakland. This destructive plan is rapidly moving forward with little publicity, and FEMA cleverly scheduled its three public meetings for mid and late May while UC Berkeley students were in finals or gone for the summer.

“UC Berkeley has applied for the grant to destroy the bucolic Strawberry and Claremont Canyon areas, claiming that the trees pose a fire hazard. The school has no plans to replant, and instead will cover 20% of the area in wood chips two feet deep. And it will pour between 700 and 1400 gallons of herbicide to prevent re-sprouting, including the highly toxic herbicide, Roundup. People are mobilizing against this outrageous proposal, which UC Berkeley has done its best to keep secret.

“Strawberry Canyon. Photo credit: Corin Royal DrummondWhen I heard this week that the federal government would be funding the clear-cutting of 85,000 beautiful Berkeley and Oakland trees, including 22,000 in historic Strawberry and Claremont Canyon, my initial reaction was disbelief. I then wondered how the feds have money for this destructive project while Head Start and public housing programs are being cut due to the sequester.

“The trees in Strawberry and Claremont Canyon have been there for decades and hardly constitute a “hazard.” But pouring 1400 gallons of herbicide on the currently pristine hills will create a real hazard, and UC Berkeley even plans to use the highly toxic herbicide “Roundup” to squelch the return of non-native vegetation.

“This is a true horror story that will happen absent public opposition. I know that many will find it hard to believe that this could occur in the pro-environment San Francisco Bay Area, but UC Berkeley may be counting on this attitude to get all the approvals they need before people find out the truth.

“Please read “Death of a Million Trees,” which provides all of the facts, figures and background about the Strawberry and Claremont Canyon proposed clear cutting as well as the tree destruction plans for the East Bay. The last public hearing will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10 AM – 12 PM, at Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Avenue in Oakland.

“The public has until June 17 to submit written comments on the project. You can do so through the East Bay Hills hazardous fire risk reduction project website, or via email.

“There are countless destructive attacks on the environment that Bay Area activists cannot impact. But this is occurring in our own backyard, and activists must make sure that this cannot happen here.”

Laura Daligan ~ Magical Trees: An Introduction

The Hugging Tree

David took me to one of our very favorite raw food restaurants on my birthday — Borrowed Earth Cafe, in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our friends Danny and Kathy Living own and manage this wonderful home of raw, vegan, wholesome decadence, and it made a perfect stopover on our way to visit David’s parents in Indiana. I love their food, so I was super excited to eat there, but then I saw this tree:

Borrowed Earth Hugging Tree

Something about that tree made me so happy that I just had to hug it, even before I read the sign. David was photographing the tree’s lovely “outfit,” while I was like, “Hurry! I need to hug the tree!” When I saw the photo he took of me, I actually felt a little embarrassed by my exuberance. What the heck?! I guess I really do love trees. Like, a whole, whole lot.

Laura Bruno really loves trees!

We hadn’t told Danny and Kathy we planned to road trip there from Madison, but as we entered, Kathy said, “I was just thinking about you this morning! Too weird. Or not. I guess that’s just how things work, huh?” Sure enough, that’s how they work in my life, anyway. 😉 We enjoyed our meals and dessert as much as we always do and decided to buy Danny’s new book, Borrowed Earth Café: Climbing the Ladder of a Dream. It’s quite a non-linear endeavor, full of humor, skits, recipes, personal stories, and little nuggets of inspiration and wisdom. I’ve enjoyed my time with the book, which puts together some puzzle pieces I had intuitively surmised but of which I’d never had any overt confirmation. Of course, I particularly enjoyed this passage — written by Danny writing as Kathy — about my new tree friend:

“On International Yarn Bombing Day, which is a day when people knit things and put them in unusual public places, like fun, non-property damaging graffiti, I posted this:

“‘Nothing adds to the fun like a tree wearing a sweater, worn here by our tree, The Hugging Tree. Stop by and pet the tree for good luck and happiness … Happy International Yarn Bombing Day from Borrowed Earth Café, in Downers Grove, IL, USA.’

“So, me and two friends, Kathleen and Mary Beth (our friend with the beautiful therapy dogs, Maggie and Timmy), knitted little rectangles and fastened them to the trunk of the tree in front of the restaurant.

“I love it!

“I put a sign on the tree proclaiming it, ‘The Hugging Tree’ and all day long, I watch young and old (mostly young) hug the tree.

“That tree’s gotta feel mighty good.”

In addition to well-loved trees, they’ve got some Fancy Pants in front of the patio. Lots of fun all around. Here’s to trees, stories, whimsy and love! Little things can make a huge difference. Next time you feel a little blue, think “green.” Whip up a salad, down a green juice and/or go hug a tree. Nature loves you back!

For more about my friends at Borrowed Earth Café, here’s their site. A feast for body, mind and soul. Namaste!

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Mama Earth,

Thanks for putting up with the humans a little longer. May we listen to you, your creatures and your trees, and may we all live in harmony with each other. Many of us love you so very deeply, and the ones who don’t would if they were even a tiny bit in touch with you. Please help them to know you, so the forgetful humans will remember who they are. Then we can all live in peace, abundance, love, playfulness and joy.

Lots of tree hugs, faery kisses, pixie dust and mama love,

Laura Bruno

PS: I knew I was saving this photo for some special occasion. I call it “Tree Pose with Tree,” and it’s for you. I love you, Gaia. You can do it: your rebirth is gonna be fabulous!

Tree Pose with Tree