While you are generating an appreciation for the outdoor world, try establishing a circle of love within your awareness. See how nature is constantly giving and receiving.
When we stop to hug a tree, we can practice mindfulness. Some thoughts to consider and feelings to experience while hugging a tree:
- Think about the weather and seasons that the tree has experienced in that very spot
- Feel the strength within the tree trunk, its power and stability Can you connect with that same strength within yourself in this moment?
- Think about how the tree is deeply connected to the earth
- Think about all that a tree gives: shade, home to insects and other animals, oxygen to the air, beauty to the environment
Hug a Tree Relay
Find a spot where there are many trees. Use a timer to see how many trees you can really hug in 10 seconds, 20 seconds, and 1 minute. Discuss the outcome. After the relay, pause to really connect with your “favorite tree of the moment.” Consider the points listed above and then discuss your experience with others.
Variation: Musical Hug a Tree
Sing or whistle a tune. When you stop everyone must be hugging a tree. Anyone not hugging a tree is “it” and must whistle and sing the next tune.