The Sound Of Language

We are all connected by `sound’- as words in books, in speeches, in conversation, in mails, over the phone, as vibrations in the breeze, in water, in other life forms, in our heart beat, in our breath, and also as stillness in our moments of silence. When working with nature, the language of nature embodies all of this. How we speak it, how we express it, therefore becomes the turning point between hope and hopeless, love and doubt, action and blame, regeneration and destruction.

I first read about it in a book by Tina Welling, and then paid close attention to experience it, which is – ‘the ear has three times more connection to the brain than the eye does’.

Which means, what we speak and hear, or experience as `sound’, is absorbed by our senses faster than what we ‘see’. How true is this sensation!

In the context of working with nature – be it as a conservationist, environmentalist, scientist, biologist, nature writer and so on, the language we use plays a very important role in inspiring ourselves (first) and then sharing this with others.

In the presence of some people we deeply enroll into their vision. When we pause to ask ourselves why – it is their language. They energise us. They speak to a voice within. They align us to the hope that we are meant to be. They wake us up from our slumber. They tell us what we already know but didn’t listen. They speak to our cells that have been aspiring for the very same thing. The energy in their language gives feet to this voice and we decide, at that moment, maybe many such moments later, that doesn’t matter, to walk…and then to run the heck for that vision. No stopping us. We know what happens in physics when energy gains momentum. It’s the same thing in biology, in ecology and universally!

As my `Little Brown Job’ for this week, I have decided to use language that energises the work I do – while talking, while writing, while listening, while anything. And when I looked into the language some of my favourite conservationists use or have used, these quotes will guide me through my `little brown job’.

I invite you all to read, feel that sound within you, and check to see if any of your cells wake-up to them. Then very gently ask your heart a question, `What can be my Little Brown Job?’

Wangari maathai

wendell berry 2

Rachel Carson 2

jane goodall

Thank you to google for the quotes, to Tina Welling for those words, and to all of you for reading.


3 thoughts on “The Sound Of Language

  1. Tina, I cannot express what it means to have you read my blog and encourage the content it holds. My deepest gratitude for reading it, and writing back. Your book and you, are both awesome!


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