It’s strange how some insights arrive in your consciousness.
I’d been bothered by some annoying thoughts and anxiety a few weeks back and felt the urge to go outside and walk around. To touch the earth and ground myself. I was soon drawn to a Lemon Scented Gum, which we’d planted about 7 years earlier and then hugged it (as you do) and suddenly felt all the pressure I’d put on myself drop away. I saw myself from the tree’s perspective and knew what it was like to no expectation placed on me by other people and also by myself. What a liberating feeling. I thanked the tree and then came back inside to create the cartoon so I could capture the feeling.
Now I know why tree huggers do what they do. I thoroughly recommend it as therapy for a confused and crazy life.