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When was the last time you enjoyed time in a forest and near some big trees? Being in Mother Nature and surrounded by trees is an easy, effective, and efficient way to recharge your batteries (body), rejuvenate your mind, and revitalize your spirit. Your connection with a forest of trees can help reboot, reset, and restore your sense of being happy, healthy, and in harmony. Many people have lost their connection to the forests, trees, and wildlife that share planet Earth with us. Unfortunately, too many people have lost their connection with the beauty of Mother Nature and the natural world of flowers, plants, and trees. The energy psychology benefits from forest bathing and tree-hugging are off the chart and over the top for reconnecting and restoring your body, mind, and spirit. Enjoying nature and being surrounded by trees is a guaranteed way to recharge your conscious and subconscious mind to help boost your energy psychology and reconnect to your sense of happiness, health, and hope.

Feeling sad, sick, stressed, or struggling with problems may be clear signs that you could benefit from focusing on your energy psychology and investing some quality time in Mother Nature surrounded by trees. Being in nature with trees is a form of free emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual therapy. Instead of prescriptions for antianxiety, antidepressants, or anti-insomnia drugs, maybe the doctor should prescribe a camping trip, meditation session, picnic lunch, or trail hike in the woods.

Today’s blog on energy psychology is focused on the benefits of forest bathing and tree-hugging. Plants and trees provide us with clothing, food, furniture, medicine, oxygen, shelter, and warmth. You could even call them the trees of life because without trees humans would not be able to exist on Earth. When you invest in thinking time you realize that trees provide a direct link between the earth and human health. When we find ourselves sad, sick, stressed, or struggling with madness, mindsets, and moods that do not serve our best interests and higher purpose maybe it is time to invest some time in nature in the company of trees. Our energy psychology is prewired to tap into the benefits of forest bathing and tree-hugging to help us restore our happiness and health.

Energy psychology is the art and science of tapping into the energy, information, and inspiration of the universe to be happier, healthier, and in harmony. Remember the words of wisdom from  John Muir who said “In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Maybe John Muir was referring to the benefits of our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual states. Remember our energy psychology has a direct bearing on our happiness, harmony, and health because it controls the choices and decisions we make.

The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to help people with education, information, inspiration, and motivation to discover the best that energy psychology has to offer. Since so many people are feeling sad, sick, stressed, and struggling, maybe it is due in part to the lack of enough quality time in nature surrounded by trees. The simple act of spending time surrounded by a beautiful and diverse array of flowers, plants, and trees has many health benefits. During the July Fourth weekend, we visited the San Antonio botanical gardens with our son and granddaughter and enjoyed several hours of magic moments as we strolled through the beautiful gardens. I believe our environment can either empower or disempower a person’s emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual state. IMO Forest bathing and tree-hugging can turn a person’s sadness, sickness, stress, and suffering into feeling happy, healthy, in harmony, and hopeful.

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Forest Bathing

In Japan, they call forest bathing Shinrin yoku. In 1982 Japan introduced Shinrin Yoku (which translates to being around trees for health) as part of a national health program. In Japan, they believe spending time in nature with trees can offer emotional, mental, and physical benefits. Many studies have shown that forest bathing can support our parasympathetic nervous system which supports our ability to detoxify, heal, and rejuvenate. It has been found that the trees in a forest produce and emit essential oils that protect the trees from bacteria, bugs, diseases, pathogens, and viruses. These essential oils are called phytoncides and researchers and scientists have determined that these essential oils can help our happiness, health, and immune system as well. When you are unable to get away to some trees for forest bathing consider using essential oils to help restore your mojo. Some of my favorite tree essential oils are cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and tea tree. You can learn more about the benefits of forest bathing by watching a short documentary on Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing and healing in nature).

Tree Hugging

Even before I attended college and received my degree in biology and environmental studies at Trinity University I was a tree hugger. It started when I was a kid climbing trees to collect crabapples, mustang grapes, or peaches. Some of my best magic moments hugging trees include cacao trees in Belize, ficus trees in Hawaii, giant oaks in Texas, and redwoods in Muir Woods National Park. Being in a peaceful forest of trees and practicing tree hugging is a simple prescription to reduce your anxiety, negativity, stress, and worries.

When you Google tree-hugging you will find references to camping trips, eco-tourism tours, shaman therapies, vision quests, and walking tours where people engage in tree-hugging and even tree-hugging meditations to expand their caring, communications, connection, and consciousness to Mother Nature. Sandi Schwartz is an environmental author and freelance journalist specializing in green living, nature, and sustainability, and created the Eco Happiness Project. She wrote a wonderful article on Why Tree Hugging is Good for Our Mental Health.

Boy hugging a big tree in the park

Call to Action

Most people can benefit from investing the time to practice forest bathing and tree-hugging to enhance their happiness, health, and longevity. Plan a camping trip, picnic, or walk in the woods instead of an alcoholic beverage, movie, or video game to improve the quality of your health and moods. Camping trips in nature help children create new magic moments, memories, and moods that will enhance their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Consider donating to Trees for the Future.

Helpful Hint

Remember, the benefits of forest bathing, planting a tree, and tree-hugging are free and powerful health therapies. Remember trees directly influence our emotional, financial, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, so begin forest breathing and tree-hugging.

Passion for People & Planet

The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to condense hundreds of hours of reading and research down to two minutes of education, information, and inspiration. This blog serves as a reminder to engage in forest bathing and tree-hugging to help your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

“In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks.”-John Muir

“May the force be with you and may the forest be with you are profound words with wisdom”. —Michael Morningstar

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