A beautiful morning for a tree-hug walk, not too hot, not too cold. This tree got my attention as we explored off-trail again. Because the undergrowth is so much less, I was able to stop by for a visit.
She seems like a tree-princess following the light through the woods.
If we could sit on her sturdy (made-for-a-ride) tree-arm as she strolled we'd have a perfect view of the blue-green leaf-continent in the distance.
And this happy guy at the top just scratches his head and wonders, what is going on here?
Message: Everyday is different. There aren't always ready answers. As needed, keep it light, keep it fun. Peace and Love, everyone.
This birch and fir tree had an amazing overlap of trunk and roots.
I witnessed an incredible transformation of this tree-being's hollowed tree-mouth into ...
A sensitive cradling tree-hand, and then into ...
A mythical tree-god in flight.
Message: We are living in a diverse web of interconnected energies. Seek the highest and the best. Though we may not see it right away, it is ever present.
This picture is another example of seeing beauty in an unexpected way. The background very pleasantly transported me to Monet's Water Lily Pond. Peace.
A lovely 'almost raining out' tree-hug. I'm so glad I got over needing it to be dry to walk in the woods.
I never would have experienced this awesome slick wetsuit tree-bark.
One day I'm sure I will get to see a raindrop-tear from a beautiful tree-eye, like this one.
Such a happy group, everyone in this tight knit tree-family wanted to be in this group photo, which made me laugh outloud.
Tree -mom teaching her tree-youngster the path to light.
Happy tree-youngster smiling in thanks to mom.
What seems like a mushroom-birthed salamander heading out into life.
This hypnotic dancing leaf was suspended in air by a necklace-like strand of spider web! Such gifts from nature! Message: Be present and open to receive ... they are there for us.
Today's tree-hug captivated me. The serious right-angled trunk-bend ...
... the beaver tailed root-creature ...
... the Jurassic mossy-tree-dinosaur ...
... with it's nestled rock-calf brought magic to the woods.
I was even approached by a hummingbird (sorry, no picture) attracted by my hot pink shirt! Message: Keep the magic of life alive, it is all around us!
Backyard tree-hug before the big storm. We were inspired to do a tour of the trees on our property, with fresh eyes.
This robed beauty patiently watching over us.
It's face part animal, part woman.
Tendril-like tree-arms reaching into the green light. Message: take your time to tap into the wisdom of your heart, trust love.
It looks like a small fairy presence keeping watch over us, too!
Life does weight down heavy these days. Pandemic. Civil unrest. Political chaos. I'm grateful for the many trees I am meeting. I am grateful for the time I have to spend in the woods and think about my experience. I am grateful to be able to share the experience. So, despite the heaviness and unrest, I know there is much more to life. I am grateful to be able to see this.
Fun stuff in the tree world today!
Action and attitude.
I sometimes tap the trees with my hand. They have different sounds. Some have a solid thump, some a muffled sound. This one seemed to reverberate. No wonder they were dancing up on high!
What a treat to meet this new tree-friend! Peace to all.
What a beauty we found after the thunder storm this morning.
Onward, she said. Or perhaps a little like a fencer, 'on guard'.
I was happy to see another Archangel figure. It indicates a divine presence.
This ancient tree-soul being's compassionate gaze.
Embracing all the stages of life and death.
Tree wisdom. Pondering, with immense patience.
This beautiful tree found us at the end of a long wandering trek.
After my hug these two happy tree-beings made sure I noticed them saying hi! Cute, aren't they!
This human like figure sitting in the background let me know it's okay to take a time out from things, too. Yes, balance is good.
Tree-man in a weight-lifting tree-posture. Make sure you stay strong, folks!
This character made me laugh too. Keep laughing. We need it.
We found this beautiful towering old growth tree during our walk at Norrie Point.
It's mighty hand nearly touching the sky.
But down below, a tense moment between old and new.
My tree-message: watch your boundaries, change is inevitable, be respectful, please.
Further down the path, a different message about boundaries and entanglement..
The end of today's trail. The Hudson River and Catskill Mountains in the distance. Peace.
I recently was guided to meditate with the trees before taking my pictures.
Seeing this very large praying mantis before we left the house today was a reminder of the importance of stillness.
My tree-message today: Without the shadows we can't know the light. Without the noise and old tapes in our mind we can't know clarity.
Creativity blossoms through struggle.
A work always in progress.
Archangel Gabriel playing his horn.
A tree-song up to the heavens.
Enjoy the trees. Enjoy the light. Enjoy the song in your heart.
A much cooler long-sleeved shirt morning.
It took me a while to realize, 'I know this tree!'. Maybe you recognize from early July this little koala bear nestled in it's tree-mom's arms.
Peace, love & keep things simple. Like this tiny spider web that caught my eye, dancing in the breeze and light.
And this most interesting group of toad stools along the path.
A very playful tree-hug friend.
Many smiling totem pole characters.
A unique Lady Liberty tree-creation.
And, now we know, a happy tree will laugh at a good joke whispered in it's ear.
Tree-Spirit-Message: Be happy. Laughter is healing and good for the soul!
Beautiful light. So many shades of green. Sometimes it's just nice to wander and appreciate the peace.
A video I made from my tree-hug on August 13th.
How I started tree-hugging ...
On March 22, 2020 New York State was put on PAUSE when the cases of Covid-19 started to spike. I stopped seeing clients and conducting Reiki and Spiritual Development Circles in my office. The libraries where I held monthly meditations closed. My classes through Continuing Education were canceled. The shop where I did monthly intuitive readings was closed too. Life got turned way upside down.
Some days later reality set in that not only would I not be seeing people as I usually do, but I wouldn't be getting hugs from my friends either. How was I going to get through this unprecedented time? Rather spontaneously, while out walking in the woods, I got the idea of giving a tree a hug and had my husband take a picture. The next day, I hugged another tree - it felt good! I posted the pictures on Facebook with the comment 'I'm happy I can still hug my tree friends'. It was nice to get the positive responses and to hear that people appreciated the hugs!
Now, almost 5 months later, my husband and I are still taking our walks. I continue daily tree-hugs and posting my pictures and thoughts on Facebook. Life has thankfully become a tiny bit more normal. I'm seeing hypnosis clients in the office (with masks) and holding afternoon backyard meditations (socially distanced) along with my library Zoom meditations.
My experience of tree-hugging has evolved Our meanderings in the woods have become much more adventurous. lt is transformative meeting so many different trees. I have come to realize how much I didn't know about trees. Not just things like their species, which is interesting to know, but aspects of their beauty, strength and personality. My daily connections with these giant plants has helped me not only feel closer to nature, but closer to the essential spirit of life. Within me and the trees.
I decided to create this blog because many people I know are not on Facebook and I want them to know my hugs are for them too!
I will be posting my daily Facebook pictures here. Since I keep my Facebook posts on the short side, I will be sharing more of my pictures and thoughts in the blog. And in bits and pieces, include my favorites from the past few months.
If you'd like to check out the full series, you can friend me on Facebook at Susan Olin-Dabrowski.
The first pictures below are some of my very first tree-hugs back on March 30 and 31. After that are pictures from August 17. I hope you enjoy my journey!
March 30. I'm happy I can still hug my tree friends. Take good care everyone.
March 31. Another day, another hug.
Tree-eyes keeping watch in the woods.
8/17/20 I never know what I will see or feel or learn with my tree-hugs. I suppose communing with nature is a lot about being open to receive.
This tree called me with it's beautifully flowing limbs and fine bark.
But, as I became more present, it led me to a barely visible dragonfly. This tree, it's final resting place.
Farther down the trunk, the bark looked so much like dried mud I had to check to see if it was. A smiling cubist-looking bark-lady kept catching my eye.
A couple more pictures from the tree-hug on August 17, 2020