Let’s get started! If you are ready to comment or chat about what you’ve been loving or learning from this book, hop aboard dear ones!
Before we start, I want to share a friendly reminder that this space intended to be a positive and respectful one that lifts this of readers community up as we offer our insights, understandings, inquiries, and observations. Please remember to be kind and gracious to those sharing – opening up is a vulnerable and beautiful thing! Because we are not in person and instead are sharing through our writing, it is important that we all extend grace to one another and give each other the benefit of the doubt. I am so excited to dive in and see where this takes us! And just so we are all on the same page, here are some basic guidelines for this discussion:
- If you want to share your overall experience thus far and your reaction to your journaling, please do! I would love to hear how these last weeks of reading have been going for you. No judgement here. Life is moving at different paces for all of us and no matter what season you find yourself in, you have a seat at this table.
- If you want to reference a specific question below, try to include the number at the beginning of your comment.
- If you want to comment on someone’s insight or answer a question they pose, do so as a reply and try to refer to them by name. This will help us keep things a bit more organized here.
NEWSLETTER REFLECTION QUESTIONS FROM WEEK 3 & 4:
- Take a moment to journal about all the ways trees currently impact your life. Think about the small details of your day and how trees specifically make things easier or better for you. In light of this, how can we return the favor and be more respectful of them?
- How were trees a part of your life as a child, and how have those experiences helped shape your reverence for and understanding of nature as an adult. If you have kids, how important is it to you to introduce them to the wonder of nature, specifically trees, as a child and why?
- Chapter 21 states, “The scientist [Dr. Martin Gossner] counted 2,041 animals belonging to 257 different species” with reference to research done on ONE old tree in the Bavarian National Forest. What is your reaction to this finding? How does this information affect your views of current deforestation practices?
- What season [spring, summer, autumn, winter] of tree life do you most identify with and why?
- How has this book club helped you pay more attention to the natural world? If so, how has this act of presence spilled over into other areas of your life? Has reading and journaling helped you slow down in areas of your life that were feeling rushed? If yes, how so?
- Do you think that Wohlleben over anthropomorphizes trees in his book—that he makes them, perhaps, too human? Or is that question in and of itself a reflection of our own anthropocentric attitudes that hinder any acceptance of other forms of “being.
- If trees are as receptive as Wohlleben believes they are, should we change how we treat them? If you have a moment, read this article for a bit of supplemental literature that connects to this book we are reading.
- What specific bits of wisdom will you takeaway from this book? How has it changed you over the course of this past month?