He Knows When You Are Sleeping

January 26, 2013

Even though I was born in and love being in the city, I walk in the forest as frequently as possible.

Nature, trees, and solitude always clear my slate like the shaking of an Etch A Sketch. And I find that I am energized in ways working out on an elliptical trainer can’t touch.

This time of year all the trees in this particular forest are barren. Months ago they sensed the cooler temperatures and fading light of fall, shed their leaves and went dormant.

lotsa trees

They sleep, but like you and me… don’t stop living in their slumber.

As I walk below them, I wonder. What of their environment do they still sense?

Can they tell I am walking beneath?  Or feel the birds still sitting in their branches?

Are they still exhaling what I inhale, and inhaling what I exhale? Does their bark breath slow in winter or just plain stop?

Researchers now believe (some) plants hear. Actually respond to sounds and make sounds of their own to communicate. This evolving field of plant linguistics is called bioacoustics.

Apparently their speech is of and in a frequency that is optimized for transmission through soil. That makes sense – whales sing to each other in a language and style that is optimized for water.

I’m guessing trees don’t talk as quickly as a defense lawyer in the OJ trial. Maybe the tree that currently has the floor started her current sentence last year, or five years ago and the sound is just coming out now.  Tree time is undoubtedly a different pace – slower or faster than ours

And what are they talking about?  Tree gossip, no doubt – like whether there are pests in the area, or if a drought is coming on.

OK, so trees and plants may actually smell and talk and hear. I mean really. Just because we are only now learning how to measure the phenomena doesn’t mean it hasn’t been happening all along.

But what, exactly, are they doing that makes me feel so good when I walk among them?

Trees and other aspects of nature are a portal. Nodes in the cosmic energy field. That I tap into. And use to tune myself. Re-calibrate my awareness of the interconnectedness of it all.

Energy is the currency of the universe.  Nothing is ever accomplished without energy exchange. From the fire of the stars to the firing of neurons in our own body, sensing and tapping into these flows of energy helps put our worldly issues into perspective. And keeps the sun in the sky.

As the made world becomes connected electronically through yet another new nervous system – the internet of things – remember what lies beneath the new and the bright… what is hidden under the electronic billboard.

The whole world has always been connected. The whole world knows when you are sleeping. Or when you’re awake.



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