It has been recently scientifically validating that not only hugging trees is good for you, but you don’t even have to to touch a tree to feel better. All you need to do is be in the vicinity of a tree to receive a beneficial effect.
Blinded by Science is a recently published book, by author Matthew Silverstone, that proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues that we have. Trees help with issues such as concentration levels, depression, reaction times, different forms of mental illness, and stress. Silverstone even points to research that has strong indications that a tree has the ability to alleviate headaches in human beings.
Matthew Silverstone also points to many studies that have proven that children show significant physiological improvements and psychological improvements in terms of well being and health when they interact with nature, trees and plants. Children also seem to function better cognitively and emotionally in greener environments and have even more creative play. Silverstone quotes a major public health report that has investigated the connection between mental health and green spaces and said that “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and well being.”
The correlation about nature and these types of significant effects, up until now has been associated with open green spaces that was believe to cause this effect. Mathew Silverstone’s book and research shows that it has nothing at all to do with open space at all, he proves scientifically that the vibrational properties of plants and trees are what provides us the health benefits.
How plants and trees affect us on a physiological level turn out to be a simple answer. It completely has to do with the fact that everything tends to vibrate in a subtle manner, and different vibrations affect the biological behaviors.
There was a research experiment showing that if you were to drink a glass of water that has received a “10Hz vibration” treatment that your bloods coagulation rates will start changing immediately upon drinking the water. When touching a tree it’s a slightly different vibrational pattern that will affect various biological behaviors inside your body.
The vibrational idea is also backed up throughout the entirety of the book by a lot of scientific studies to provide proof that helps convince the theory that tree hugging has incredible benefits to not only our body, but our mental health as well.
One report even concluded the following: “safe, green spaces may be effective in treating some forms of mental illnesses”. Isn’t that wonderful? To think just by giving a tree a hug we may be healing ourselves!
There is yet another school of thought that is in alignment with this remarkably revolutionary theory: Taoism. The Taoist master Mantak Chia helps show their students to mediate with the trees of the earth, as a way to release “negative energies.” Master Chia’s teachings in his Cosmic Tree Healing Qigong method, helps show how to align one’s body with the living “aura” (or energetic field) of a tree.
There is one other school of thought is in alignment with this remarkable theory: Taoism. For example, the Taoist master Mantak Chia teaches students to meditate with trees, as a way of release “negative energies.” In his Cosmic Tree Healing Qigong method, Master Chia teaches how to align one’s body with the “aura” (or energetic field) of a tree.
He also helps explain that the trees provide a natural ground that can help you to transform your bodies sick or negative energy into positive and vital life force energy. As you take the time to connect your energy with the tree you are able to facilitate your own physical and emotional healing.
The Taoist theory is that this works because the trees stands very still, and because of the roots they are better at absorbing the Energies of the Earth and Universal forces of the Heavens. All trees and plants have the ability to absorb the sun’s light frequencies and transform them into food for them, and also give energy back to you and me in the form of breathable oxygen. The Taoist view of trees is to see them and focus on them constantly in meditation practices, with subtle energies as their natural language.
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Author: Kirsten Cowart