As humans, most of us are social beings and need to feel a part of humanity. Lockdown is not conducive to this need, especially if we live alone. Hugging has become risky and we are being encouraged to discourage it. I won’t get into a conversation about what I think about that, but rather, I’d like to offer a suggestion to help get through this time of non-contact with other humans.
Back in the 1960’s hippies were teased and even ridiculed for being peace-loving, tree-hugging, grounded, pot-smoking barefooted souls. Today more people in the world are interested in their way of living because they had a concern for the environment, a healthy lifestyle, and a more natural food source, and a natural way to get high. I first started barefooting on a daily basis because of the earthing benefits. When I shared that idea there a lot of people discounted my way of living by saying it was cute, and I seemingly missed my calling to be a hippy but the science on earthing wasn’t at all valid. They didn’t take me seriously. It’s different now and I feel like I’m being heard and respected as a barefooter. Truly, we have so much to learn from those beautiful hippy souls.
The hippies knew and now it’s scientifically proven trees communicate with one and another, they experience love, they have families, and they know which trees are a part of their family. It was in the book, The Hidden Life of Trees trees where I learned about Canadian scientist Suzanne Simard, who is one of the contributors and has been studying how trees communicate for over 30 years. Wouldn't it be fun to connect to the trees that live all around you?
If you need a hug, go outside in nature. Find a tree and wrap your arms around it. Hug it tightly. Squeeze it. Love it. Kiss it. Be one with it. Smile.
Then tell a friend or take your kids outside and do some basic TREEHUGGING with them too. If you know a senior who can do outside, encourage them or better yet, take them outside too.
If you feel the energy coming back to you, accept it. Trees have an electrical charge that moves through the trunk at a rate of 1 inch per second. Maybe you are feeling the charge. Maybe the tree is communicating with you? Write down your thoughts and experience.
I encourage you to include the whole family and have fun doing it!
Soul to sole,
*Photo of oldest Yew tree in Spain with Judy Coanerii hugging it with her back.