Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Single Word to Describe Us

LA Symphony at the Exit/In club in Nashville, ...

LA Symphony at the Exit/In club in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we take on the task of encapsulating the characteristics of biology into a single word, one of the top candidates would have to be “symphony”. Like a symphony, the structure of biology expresses ideas and emotions through elements of rhythm, melody and harmony. A specific arrangement of a community of elements communicates with interrelated multidirectional flows of mutually nourishing energies. Together the relational exchanges compose a coherent whole. In this same way biology depends on a symphony of relationships to form and sustain integrity as a whole. Emerging from the delicate balance are individual expressions that operate in concert to paint magnificent meaningful soundscapes in the concert hall of space and time.

We experience our sense of “being” through the local membrane of relationships we generate and those we are touched by. The same way we depend on the instruments of our internal biological community to perform nourishing roles in the context the needs of the whole body, this same need exists the wider social womb from which our center of being feeds. These concentric rings of relational influence extend outward to encompass the entire cosmos. Like relativity in physics where no point is the center, but all points are a simply a reference from which to relate to the whole, every relational point within our biological system is the center as well.{1} If we use the symphonic structure of nature as the lens through which we understand ourselves, we can see how indivisibly we are connected to the greater whole.

Our characteristic dependency on nourishing relationships within is echoed in the larger social context of the relational waters in which we swim. Our inward demand for a specific arrangement of elements of structure and a harmony of relationships between them is reverberated by our need to relate on this self-same principle on the larger social stage in order to be fulfilled. The same way cells must breathe in and out in order to be sustained, our bodies must also breathe. Concentric harmonies built on self-similar principles are the foundation of melodic rhythms through which the voice of the cosmos speaks both to and through us about who we are.

What we experience as “being” emerges from the collective interplay of internal and external relationship values. The principles our biological systems are built on is one of dependency on specific arrangements of structural elements and nourishing flows of energy between them. The nature of our biological body represents the model by which we are fulfilled. We need look no further than our biological system to see that the arrangement and cultivation of fulfilling and sustainable relationships is who we are and what we are best suited to do. Nature speaks this message through the fabric of our structure. Understanding how messages are communicated through nature and how they relate to our state of being is necessary foundation to effectively act with intention to steer ourselves toward our most satisfied potential.

Just for fun; this video is the first 60,000 base pairs of Chromosome 1 of human (Homo sapien) genes translated into sound.

{1} For more information on this concept, look up the term “biological relativity”.

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The forgotten life of plants

This is an excellent article on the nature of communication in plants by Sedeer El-Showk.

The forgotten life of plants.