14 Jul '11, 5pm

The Healing Benefits of Hugging a Tree:

The Healing Benefits of Hugging a Tree:

I am remembering my experience of childhood, climbing my favorite tree in our front yard. It was a huge pine tree and had wonderful branches close to each other like a perfect ladder to heaven. I would climb to the very top and swing blowing in the wind for hours. Often I would sing the only song I knew about a tree, “I talk to the trees but they don’t listen to me….” It seems ironic now because indeed the tree was listening to me and I knew it, but this was one of the few songs in my limited repertoire. I sang it with great melancholy and the tree, like a faithful dog was just there, present, holding me and my sadness. My last article The Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoo t got me thinking about how formative these experiences of nature are to us as children, if we were fortunate enough to be around it. I realize how blessed I was to have an actual forest to explore, an...

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