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Discover how all trees can mirror us, teach us, and heal us.Â
As author Alice Peck reflected on the maple tree in her backyard, she began to notice and then study its intricacies and changes. This became her regular meditation and inspiration. In Be More Tree, Alice shares what she has learned from that maple tree, and from the trees all around us. Every tree tells a complete and ongoing storyâ€”from its powerful taproots to the birds that alight on its fragile high branches.â€ˆTrees reflect our lives through their perseverance and seasonal rhythmsâ€”always changing yet consistent. They evolve along a much more protracted timetable than humans. Like us, trees feel and react to their environment, and communicate with us in subtle but distinct ways. Here readers are invited to explore trees from four perspectives: their rootsâ€”wisdom and understanding; their branchesâ€”symbols and rituals; their leavesâ€”healing and science; and their seedsâ€”transformation and spirituality. All of these elements show us how, although they live outside us, trees offer a path to our inner selves. From the Bodhi Tree to the Garden of Eden, the Druids to forest monks, medicines to tire swingsâ€”people have always received physical, psychological, and spiritual sustenance from trees. Filled with insights from botany to poetry, ecology to mythology, and herbalism to sacraments, Be More Tree explores the ways these grounded yet soaring entities can steady and move us, teach and transform us, inspire and comfort us.
Alice Peck is an author and editor living with her family in Brooklyn, New York in the shade of a beloved maple tree. You can follow her tree and learn more about this book via facebook.com/TheRedHookTree. Alice likes to think and write about finding the sacred in the ordinary, and is the author of Next to Godliness and Bread, Body, Spirit as well as numerous book reviews and articles. Find out more at www.AlicePeck.com. Illustrator Melissa Launay lives and works in London, UK. She achieved an MA in Fine Art from the University of Seville and has illustrated several books for British and American publishers.