How similar are trees and people?
I particularly like an explanation I read recently about why humans have such strong connections with trees, based on the similarities between the two. Both trees and humans have an upright stance and both have the characteristic of a torso and a crown.
Both trees and humans have mobile limbs stemming from a central trunk. The tubular bronchi in human lungs are surprisingly visually similar to the root systems of many trees. As two very different species we and trees could be said to share a number of similarities.
In my mind there is no doubt that a reciprocal and healing relationship can be developed between people and woodlands through spending regular time there over a period of time.
Passive activities such as Forest Bathing, or immersion in a tree filled place, is one route that can be followed. However, carrying out woodland management tasks is often easier to engage with for some people, delivering wellbeing benefits through the physical effort and mental focus involved.
Carrying out woodland management tasks is often easier to engage with for some people, delivering wellbeing benefits through the physical effort and mental focus involved.
Just the actions of gentle walking, bending and stretching improve physical fitness for those involved in light woodland management tasks and spending time working as part of a group builds a sense of community, with in-built social benefits.
The beneficial relationship between woodlands and humans is bound up in how each cares for the other. It is no coincidence that humans have, over the centuries, looked to trees for medicinal healing purposes but also in pursuit of more spiritual aspects. concerning deeper levels of connection and learning about oneself.