Did you hear the birds this morning?
They were singing as you opened your eyes in bed.
You may not have noticed the birds. The stress and worries of life might be distracting you from the beauty of spring, which began Sunday, March 20.
What you don’t consciously perceive, your biology and your genes subconsciously do.
So you enjoy their songs. What about the warmth of summer? The brightness of sunny days? Or even the drizzling of the rain? The sound of a crashing ocean? The intensity of a really green leaf? The beauty of a flower?
When it comes to nature, you like specific attributes in more depth than just … my favorite color is “green.”
Just as you are physically attracted to signs of strength in a mate such as a big butt because it ensures the survival of both your self and your offspring, you are also attracted to signs of life in nature for the same reason.
The Cycle of Life
Microbes (bacteria, fungri, protozoa) are eaten by the worm. The worm by the bird. The bird by the fox. At the top of the food chain, the fox dies, providing food for the microbes in the dirt.
And so the cycle of life goes.
Life can only exist in this way. In a cycle, with diverse organisms consuming each other, moving life forward in time. (The documentary, Fresh, explains this well.)
In nature, life only exists where there is other life. It takes a very strong species to be able to survive the dryness of a desert, and that’s why so few organisms live in tough climates. Cacti store water for long periods of time. Snakes are cold-blooded. Scorpions have a hard shell, impermeable to prevent water evaporation. Vultures wait to eat something that dies.
Unless you’re a xerocole and are adapted to live in the desert, the absence of life is a sign that “Life is hard here”.
What does the birds’ songs tell my biology?
It’s a sign, “There is life here.” It’s like your neighbor is having a party and you’re anxious to join.
If birds are around, and they’re singing to attract mates, their must be enough food (worms, grubs) to support baby birds.
The warmth of the summer sun on your skin tells your body, winter is over.
The drizzling of rain on your roof tells your genes that the harvest is going to be good this year.
The sounds of the crashing ocean tell your genes that there is a food source nearby, abound with delicious fish, shrimp, crabs, and Old Bay. (Just kidding, you have to add the Old Bay, which goes great on non-GMO popcorn by the way).
The beauty of a flower tells your genes that even the flowers are having sex with the help of the bees.
With spring, the vibrancy of life begs you for attention.
Breaking Nature’s Rules
We’re all in this together.
People. Birds. Bugs. Bees.
We depend on everyone to keep life going.
Genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.’s), chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers) are only needed when we break nature’s rules. (Great read about G.M.O’s:Why Aren’t G.M.O.’s Labeled)
A farm comprised of only one crop (such as corn or soy) cannot exist without the help of chemicals.
And when we support the health of the Earth, we are supporting the health of our own bodies.
Tomorrow morning when you wake, pause before getting out of bed and listen to what the birds are trying to tell you.
Let them sing to you. Let them remind you that you’re alive.
**Did you notice the Super Moon this past Saturday? It was brilliant. But I can’t connect how this piece of nature is increases our likelihood of survival. Super Moons are also weakly associated with earthquakes (which as we all know from Japan, decreases our collective likelihood of survival).
What are your thoughts? Do you think there is a problem with G.M.O.’s? Do you think it’s possible for small, local farms to replace big business in the production of food?
Much appreciation to Billy Gregson for his assistance in editing.
Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ. He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.