Trees are awesome. I could just stop there, but seeing as how this is a blog, I will elaborate.
Of all the different things I watch in this world, tress are by far one of my favorites. There are just so many different kinds of them, they can grow in such interesting locations, they live fascinatingly long lives, give so much to our species, and from what we are now discovering, have an amazingly interesting communication and social network of their own.
Scientists are now discovering just how elaborate the communication systems among tress are. They are uncovering truths about how trees defend themselves from predators, how they spread their seed, how they are now known to actually sleep, how they share nutrients between their roots and take care of their “family” and neighbouring trees, how they compete with other tree species for nutrients, and the list goes on and on. The more I learn about any species, the more I am fascinated to know how much we humans have in common with the rest of the natural world. As they say, “same same but different”–maybe they use this phrase in a different context but it applies here too ;).
“Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible. And that is why even sick individuals are supported and nourished until they recover.” -Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They
This is an excerpt from one of my most treasured books, The Hidden Life of Trees. The book explains, in a beautiful way, just how intelligent trees are and how they communicate. They even take care of their elderly! I believe truly that we can learn a lot from trees and almost every species in nature. Most of humanities greatest inventions come from inspiration of nature. Take the time to sit, to watch; be an observer, learner and lover of the environment we are so blessed to be a part of.
I really do feel that trees hold memory and can continue to give more than just wood to us humans. I believe that energy can be transferred between different species all over the world, and connection with trees is a special way that humans can take part in this. It doesn’t have to be a complicated ritual. It can be as simple as just sitting by a tree on your lunch break…take the time to just sit with a tree. You would be surprised how good it can make you feel. Look closely at the bark, take the time to notice what insects and birds are living on it, look at the patterns in the leaves- watch them dance in the wind and soak up energy from the sun. Just watching the tree in its environment and seeing how connected it is with everything gives me peace and a sense of connection to the whole myself.
In this fast paced world, we can sometimes forget how connected we are to greater things than us, and we can make large spectacles of very trivial things. Just taking some time to sit with nature can remind us of our place in the grander scheme and give some greater perspective.
So go find your tree today and have some fun :).
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