Be More Tree

A journey of wisdom, symbols, healing, and renewal

Illustrated by Melissa Launay
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About The Book

Discover how all trees can mirror us, teach us, and heal us.

Discover how all trees can mirror us, teach us, and heal us.

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 story—from its powerful taproots to the birds that alight on its fragile high branches. Trees reflect our lives through their perseverance and seasonal rhythms—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 roots—wisdom and understanding; their branches—symbols and rituals; their leaves—healing and science; and their seeds—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 swings—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.

About The Author

Drawn to finding the sacred in everyday things, Alice Peck is the author of Be More Tree, Mindful Beads, and The Secret Language of Herbs, all published by CICO Books. With Chris Grosso she co-wrote Dead Set on Living—Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up. Her writing has appeared in Center for Humans & Nature, Spirituality & Health, Daily Good, and The Mountain Record. As an editor, she focuses on creativity, mind, and spirit, collaborating with Zen teachers, Tibetan Buddhist psychotherapists, meditation instructors, novelists, and more. She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York with her family. Find out more at www.alicepeck.com.

About The 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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: CICO Books (September 2016)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781782493389

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