“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”
– William Shakespeare
We couldn’t pass through northern California and miss the Redwoods! Almost immediately after crossing into California from southern Oregon, we entered Redwood National Park. Lucky for us, this park is both state and national so it was open for business.
Driving through some of the world’s tallest trees was truly amazing! We had never seen trees as vast, and laughed at our pictures at our small and insignificant we looked beside them.
We are both avid tree huggers (usually when nobody is looking), so we made sure to get a good squeeze in. In his book, Blinded by Science, author Matthew Silverstone states that trees are scientifically proven to improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and other various forms of mental illnesses. He points to the fact that everything vibrates, and different vibrations can affect biological behaviors. This applies to trees as well. Similarly, and according to the practice of Qigong, trees help transform the body’s sick or negative energy into positive, vital life force energy (kind of like Star Wars?).
To us, whether it is the vibration, the fact that you are out in nature, or probably engaging in some sort of exercise in an oxygen-rich area – who cares! If it feels good, do it. We say go and hug a tree for some good vibrations!