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The Secret Philosophy of Birds (Petite philosophie secrète des oiseaux)

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Original Language: French | 224 pp. | May 2018

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT | WELL-BEING

There is a lot we can learn from the birds. Through thirty little lessons of wisdom, inspired from how they live, this book invites us to re-centre our lives and pay closer attention to our natural inner needs.

Proving that help sometimes comes from the most unlikely of sources, this lovely book reminds us to open our eyes and listen to the lessons of wisdom found in nature. What could be better than putting our busy lives on pause and listening to what the birds have to tell us? Through the way they live and interact with the world around them, these little philosophers can teach us an approach to life that is more profound and respectful of our true needs.

This book gives us thirty pearls of wisdom, short and sweet, to help us get reacquainted with our natural inner selves, hidden away somewhere inside us all.

Extract:

The duck’s eclipse plumage: a much-needed break A duck moulting his feathers for a more beautiful plumage is rather like learning to change every year, even if it means going through a difficult time to get there (…) You need to learn how to let part of you die so that it can be reborn. (…) For birds, the moulting season is a time of vulnerability. Sometimes they are unable to fly for a while, which is what happens to some types of duck. Their temporary plumage is called ‘eclipse plumage’. A nice way to refer to this time when he takes a bit of a break, waiting for some of the feathers that have been shed to grow back. He knows he is fragile and maintains a low profile, not doing anything important. He waits for the regrowth and renewal to occur, when he will regain his strength and beauty. As we all should, sometimes. In a society that forces us to be ‘on’ at all times, we no longer know how to take a break and claim the time we need during times of fragility to recover and recharge.

Other lessons:

– Where is true courage located? The eagle and the robin.

– The value of habits: the art of living a happy life.

– What happened to our sense of direction? The Mongolians, the godwit and the cuckoo

– Passion or reason: what is the best strategy in love ? The mallard and the penguin

– Why do we travel? The arctic tern

STRONG POINTS

  • 30 short chapters each relaying a piece of wisdom learned from observing nature, and birds in particular.
  • A book of wisdom to rediscover how to enjoy life’s simple, authentic moments, removed from our crazy modern lives.
  • Reminiscent of the bestselling The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate by Peter Wohlleben