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!


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.

Read more here.

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

Tree Love

I’ve had a close spiritual relationship with trees ever since I was a little girl. My mom, sister and I would always stop at a particular tree along the path to our neighborhood playground, because I “needed” to say hi to it. On one such excursion –around age five– I lost a favorite cap somewhere between the tree and the playground. I didn’t notice until we reached the tree on our way home, but when I did, I was most upset! I can’t remember if the cap had been a present from my grandfather (who left the body when I was three), or if the cap just reminded me of him. In any case, I was devastated to lose this cap! We looked everywhere, but it was nowhere in sight.

I asked the tree and my grandfather to help me find my cap, even as my mom tried to console me that it was probably gone for good. She did suggest I pray, which I did in my own way back then, as now. Lo and behold, on our next trip to the playground, perhaps a week later, when I stopped to say hi to my tree, the cap was there! I don’t know how it got there, but somehow I always figured the tree had something to do with it. At the very least, the tree had protected it from the rainy weather that had kept us away for a week. Ever since then, I’ve turned to trees for solace in times of struggle.

But I also celebrate trees! Yes, I hug them. I also thank them for their solid wisdom, for bearing with the humans, for offering beauty and strength, and I send them Reiki.

Laura Bruno Reiki-ing a Tree Friend

I have several good tree friends in Madison, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s a very stately one along a bike path that forks off towards our co-op or Lake Mendotta, so I pass it often enough. This summer I noticed that the tree seemed sad, so I walked over to find out why. Someone had splattered it with orange graffiti, and the tree felt abused and ugly:

When I saw the graffiti, I looked up and admired the tree’s wide branches, then looked down and imagined all the roots stretching forth underground. “You’re beautiful,” I said –with both my mind and out loud. That Summer day I spent around twenty minutes sending Reiki to this stately presence, and yesterday, David and I admired its Winter elegance:

Madison Tree

We touched its bark, both the graffiti parts and the pristine, wise skin:

And then I sat on its inviting little stoop and sent more love:

One of my goals for 2012 is to learn how to identify more trees. I can tell the obvious ones like birch, hawthorn, willow or elder, but leaves and fruits sure help the ID process! Last year, David and I attended a foraging walk led by a local arborist, who could identify all the trees, as well as the mushrooms that grew on them. He knew which fruits to eat and which to leave alone, and he knew all the mini-eco-systems that grew beneath them. I want that knowledge! As much as I’ve loved trees my entire life, I’ve always had a weird mental block about learning their names and family heritage. Since I began studying Runes in 2009, I’ve felt an increased sense of trees as beings who long to be known. An iPhone app can supposedly identify leaves and thus the trees they come from, if you photograph the leaf on a white background. It may wind up being my very first app. (No, I haven’t loaded any other apps yet. Somehow the leaf ID seems like a great start.)

I may not know the Latin or common names of all the trees I encounter, but I still say hi. Just like friendly neighbors, certain trees have always caught my attention wherever I’ve lived. Some I have visited regularly as destination points. Some neighbors you get to know; others are like smiling fixtures of your experience, even if you never learn their name. In 2012, I’d like to learn more names. I’d like to know offhand the corresponding Ogham and Runes associated with my friendly neighborhood trees. Just cuz.

Have you hugged a tree today? If not, why not? They’re full of love, wisdom, grounding energy, and they can touch the sky! Namaste.