A tree fell close to where I live. It fell due to bugs eating the inside bark and roots. It was too weak to keep holding itself so it fell and later in the week it was removed. It happened at night. I did not see or hear it happening but I saw it in the morning. After inspecting the tree and the whole it left it just made me think of impermanence and causes and conditions, Alice in wonderland, portal to the other side. Rebirth for the tree, the spirit of the tree, etc. I actually noticed my mind going through its database to find an explanation for what happened. It was not particularly important for me to know this answer this day so I went on with my day without thinking about it again.
This morning, the first thing my mind said to me was: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I have never thought of this question before and I did not connect this to what happened to the tree at all, but all of the sudden my mind started to dictate the answer as well and it said: “The tree does not have to make a sound to get your reaction. You just have to know that it fell and immediately the mind will go to its database to find an answer that will suit your understanding and it will be different for everyone. Some people will ignore the fact that a tree fell because they have bigger worries. Some people will find someone to blame. Some people will be fearful that other trees will do the same putting their safety at risk. Some people will find humor to this situation. Some will worry about the animals that lost its home. Some will connect this with an omen, a superstition, a synchronicity, a “sign”. But there are some…..Who will just know that this is how the universe works, find acceptance and move on because their mind is just Still”