Trees have traditionally played an important role in myth and magic. This comes to mind as we prepare for Georgia’s Arbor Day tomorrow and make the ground ready for dozens of donated trees we’ll be planting in a city park.
David Abram, in his wonderful book The Spell of the Sensuous, notes that when it comes to our interactions with the environment that when we chance to notice life around us–from Mockingbirds to American Elms to Red-Shouldered Hawks–we usually think of the natural world as something we see, hear, and sometimes touch. It seldom occurs to us that plants and animals also perceive us. We are a part of their experience.
As we race out to the car to head off for our next appointment, we’re too busy most of the time to be aware of everything that sees, hears and sometimes touches us.