Editors-Pick Meditation

Tree Hugging Meditation

Humans have an innate connection with the Earth. We are born with an invisible umbilical cord that bonds us with the ground beneath our feet. As we grow and get caught up within ourselves we lose that connection. For most the connection is not actually lost, but has been ignored or forcibly severed in our ego. None of this changes the link we have with the Earth and the other beings that live on the surface in one way or another. One of the most powerful sibling occupants are the trees that rise above the surface and have roots that dig deep into the ground beneath. This connection of above and below allows the tree to experience then environment in which we live as well as the comfort and security of the earth that we cannot fully experience.

Have you ever hugged a tree? Hug a tree. And one day you will come to know that it is not only that you have hugged the tree but that the tree also responds, the tree also hugs you. Then for the first time you will be able to know that the tree is not just the form, it is not just a certain species the botanists talk about, it is an unknown God — so green in your courtyard, so full of flowers in your courtyard, so close to you, beckoning you, calling you again and again.

Trees shower their unconditional love upon us, protect us, provide us with beautiful fruits and flower, and the means to warm ourselves. It is therefore unsurprising that trees can also assist you with the calm of meditation and mediators can feel spiritual energy while meditating besides trees. When you approach a tree in a friendly manner with no intent to harm or take, you can build a relationship with the tree. It may take time and repeated visits, but once you have gotten to know the tree you will find a willing partner in meditation.

Tree Hug Meditation

These are two ways to be with a tree in meditation.

First is you can stand before the tree and wrap your arms around its trunk so that your throat, heart, solar plexus, naval, and root chakra’s are aligned and open to communication with the tree. This will allow you to feel the transfer of energy between you and the tree.

Another way is to sit at the base of the tree, preferably with your back against the trunk of the tree, and imagine your body growing roots that are then entwined with those of the tree. This enables the practitioner to emphatically exchange with the tree.

Breath is important when you are meditating with your tree friend. Keep your airway open so that you can take slow and calm cleansing breaths. Through the connection you make with the tree you will learn the language of silence and be able to share your experiences with the tree as well as receive the same information from the tree. Trees have a much longer life, usually, than humans so the information you can gather in understanding through your communication with the tree may surprise you. Knowledge of your place in this world and in the scheme of existence may come to you through this connection and provide the enlightenment of understanding that was once lacking in your meditation.


  • @James Smith…Siddhartha Gotama’s family was well taken care of in the palace…he would have been doing them a disservice if he stuck around.

  • Trees are awesome, no doubt about it. They are also plants, not eternal, and have a lifespan like every other living thing. When they are old, they need to come down! If you have ever heard of a tree falling when it gets old, it can be quite dangerous, and certainly ruin your walk in the forest, if you are lucky not to be killed or hurt by it. Some trees look absolutely normal, but are hollow inside, whether by age, insects, or other animals. These trees are very dangerous, since they can fall and sometimes take other trees with them! The other side of the coin!

  • I would like to learn to meditate. The Hopi and other native Americans (North, South and Central) all seem to have mastered this. I lean to the Hopi in their penchant towards non-violence. I have a tough time dealing with the human sacrifices practiced by the Mayans and Aztecs. The pre-Columbus native cultures apparently LIVED their religions as part of their daily lives.
    I have problems with “Sunday Christianity” as professed by most modern day churches, execpt of course the Amish and Mennonites, who like the Indians, seem to walk the walk not just talk the talk.

    I also think of how the Buddha left his wife and kids to go out to find the meaning of life. I have a tough time linking that to a strong sense of self responsibility. I can see the part of how he declined to be a political ruler, even being a prince. There are always those eager to jump in to lead people, for better or worse, but ducking out on ones family is a matter of morality.

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