Since then, it was something I did occasionally. In private. It always felt ace.
In 2020 I started a morning routine that included setting a 5 min timer and hugging a tree every single day, soaking up that tree energy. Yum!
I was called a hippy at school but now I think, So what if I'm a tree hugger?? It feels gooood!
If I'm out in public or working away I'll often just lean on a tree. To be subtle. My belly misses out but my back gets the love.
Lately I realised that the harder I squeeze the tree, the bigger hug I get myself. It's just hit me that hugging a tree is sort of me giving myself a hug, but from something massive and rooted into the earth. What a gift!
Sometimes when I'm out and about, if things feel a bit intense or I'm having a difficult discussion, I'll just lean on a tree for a moment or too. It supercharges me.
I guess it's that thing I keep realising again and again that I was saying to my friend last night after we had a bit of conflict - it could have been avoided if I'd stopped when things started feeling 'off' and just PAUSED.
The morning tree hug is my pause. 5 minutes every day. My work is to remember to pause in the rest of the day...
Tree hugs aren't for everyone, I remember encouraging a friend to give it a go on a walk years ago and she was visibly disgusted.
So then what do you do instead to pause and recharge? Is it art or meditating or exercise? I'd love to hear different ideas.
Sending love to you all wherever and however you are. I hope you find some pause today.
Ruth Nadia x