What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.~Mahatma Gandhi

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“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

~ Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

Published by: Angela Hubbs

www.angelahubbs,com I am a Fitness Professional! I want to empower the world. I believe in total fitness, mind, body and spirit! Challenge your body, empower your life! I have always been involved in health and fitness in someway since my first job as a lifeguard. I have lived and taught all over the world in places such as Iceland, Alaska, Hawaii. I now call New York City home where I not only teaches classes of varying styles, but she teaches other fitness professionals the secrets to empowering others. Through my travels I have realized that in order to achieve total body fitness and well being you need an all compassing fitness program and more importantly, it needs to be fun! I endeavor to encompass all facets of health into a program that personally suits to your body and your lifestyle all while making it enjoyable. Besides teaching individual and small groups, I also teach other professionals the secrets to creating not just a workout but an experience. I have a degree in Human Communication from the University of Alaska and as a Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Pilates Instructor, I am able to incorporate my knowledge to create a safe and effective workout experience whether it is one of the many classes I teach around the world or sessions in the privacy of your home. It isn’t just the workout that makes working with me an incredible experience, it’s my positive attitude on life and endless optimism that keeps all my students and clients coming back for more. Even when you don’t see me for a physical workout, my blog The Biff Chronicles and YouTube Channel will inspire you to live better in every aspect of your life. Through her travels she has realized that in order to achieve total body fitness and well being you need an all compassing fitness program and it needs to be fun! Angela Hubbs encompasses all facets of health into a program that personally suits to your body and your lifestyle all while making it enjoyable. She also teaches other professionals the secrets to creating not just a workout but an experience. She has a degree in Human Communication from the University of Alaska and as a Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Pilates Instructor, Angela is able to incorporate her knowledge to create a safe and effective workout experience whether it is one of the many classes she teaches around the world or sessions in the privacy of your home. It isn’t just the workout that makes working with Angela an incredible experience, it’s her positive attitude on life and endless optimism that keeps all her students and clients coming back for more. Even when you don’t see her for a physical workout, her daily blog will inspire you to live better in every aspect of your life.

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