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  • Writer's pictureNadine Almer

The Secret Life Of Trees: A life-changing documentary

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

When I was done watching the documentary “Das geheime Leben der Bäume” I was left with two undeniable facts:

For one it was absolutely clear that humankind did knew even less than I ever assumed. And I am one of those people living by the credo of “ I know that I do not know” (Marcus Tillero Cicero),

Secondly I was somewhat calmed and really comforted by the fact that even if we as a species f*** up, nature will be there and would start anew without us exploiting it anymore.

But this sounds quite cynical and the experience of watching the documentary (only available in German on Netflix) and reading the book afterwards, was as uplifting, freeing and beautiful as it gets. Somehow I always felt that, somehow we all feel it which is why the need for untouched nature grows and people spend so much of their time craving to be close to nature. There is a feeling of calm serenity when you sit by a river, a tree or stone. Everything is the way it is, not the way it has to be or should be, it just IS. And within this state of being we ourselves thrive and this might be because we as well just want to be. We do not want to have to and need to and must do, we, like nature are -as the word itself implicates as well- naturally thriving when we just are.

And while watching breathtaking scenery with the most beautiful spots I personally have ever seen in my life, part of us all wakes up to the fact that yes, the planet is dying and it is because of us but also with more and more knowledge and understanding we are given back the power to change the course we take. We realize that every small action we take echoes like a stone thrown into still water, the waves will multiply and expand.

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean Yet, what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

So from now I will go through nature and forrests with even more awareness, I will set my steps lightly and carefully, I will cherrish what the woods will show me and teach me, I will try to learn form nature- because nature has more wisdom than humankind might ever have. Why will we not stop and acknowledge the fact that nature has been around much longer than we have, so maybe it has all the knowledge we need to save it (and even us)?

To conclude and soften the cynnical view of humankind and exploitation, I emphasize that while there may be this unspekable polarity in our timeline right now, there are ways to even neutralize them. As the only way of changing anything is changing our perspective on it, that is what we may do to balance the extremes in the outside by balancing us on our inside first. With every walk cherished, every flower admired, every landscape breathlessly taken in as an experience, we continue to evolve our own relationship to all that is around us and may then be able to inspire change as well.

With that in my mind I am in very good spirits for Gaia!

Much love to you, dearest souls


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