I was sitting in a nearby garden, enjoying Sunday morning, without yoga or meditation, without mobile or watch, just alone with nature, seeing and thinking of its strange and variety of creations, both living and non-living. I think it’s a good pastime to know oneself as a part of nature, without any masks or known disturbances.
It also gives an opportunity to see how different objects behave and react, when you talk to them or when you care, caress or canoodle them.
Touch-me-not or shame-plant (Mimosa pudica) is a perennial flowering plant that has its ornamental and medicinal values. Its compound leaves quickly fold inward and droop, when touched or shaken, like a young maiden, but it’s their defence mechanism to save themselves from any possible harm, and they reopen a few moments later. I think other plants might also have this kind of instinct, overt or covert, though this kind of behaviour is mostly seen in animals and humans.
Like animals, some plants are non-vegetarian in nature that I had read in my botany classes in school days. These insectivorous or carnivorous plants derive nutrients from trapping and consuming small animals or insects. And they look so colourful and attractive that one gets drawn and trapped. Those interested can see beautiful videos available on Google.
I wonder how nature has created such strange creatures and why. But if we go into depth, we will come to know it’s all designed meticulously to maintain ecological balance.
It’s in this context that the famous scientist, Albert Einstein had said, “We still don’t know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”
One more strange thing of nature is communication. How nature understands what its living or non-living objects want and what they want to communicate.
I came to know about animal communicators, who can communicate with any animals. They can find out why your horse keeps bucking or why your cat or dog is in pain, just like when an infant cries, and mom comes to know why.
Animal communication or zoosemiotics is an art for which a lot of meditation might be required. It’s unbelievable how they now communicate through WhatsApp photo of the pet and tell the owner what the animal (pet) is saying.
Can you decipher what these feathery friends of ours want to say in their lyrical ways?