I spent all of last week in the pristine lap of the Havelock, in the Anadaman & Nicobar Islands; away from choking habitation and non-stop hum-drum of the city life. This vacation was a welcome respite from Wi-Fi and phone connectivity, cradled in the arms of nature, sun, sea, sand and occasional downpours. We were staying at Barefoot Resorts, one of world’s best Eco-friendly resorts. Barefoot lies nestled between the Radhanagar beach and a thicket of over 70-80 feet long, towering trees that might be about thousand years old. There is no phone connectivity whatsoever, and this was one of the most ideal ways to spend a holiday. Not once did we miss being plugged in.
We would sack out at the beach or swim in the rough seas most of the day. The girls and the DH frolicked in the sea at least four-five times a day. So did I. Though I preferred to sit on the white, sandy beach watching the wild, angry waves that would eventually ebb away into the sea. Some evenings I’d spend chanting, Nam Myoho Rengey Kyo. As I looked beyond the sea, I could literally see Buddha himself, appear in his serene avatar. The sun set was as early as 5 P.M., and Radhanagar beach has the most surreal sunsets I’ve ever seen. The sun seemed to bestow the sands with a golden medallion, as it silently sunk into the sea. By 5:30 P.M. it was pitch dark.
The family and I also completed our Discover Scuba Diving Program. It was my third scuba diving experience. The first two were in the Philippines. You can read about it here. A dive into the deep, blue waters of the sea, each time, is beyond ones imagination and leaves one thirsting for more. It was the nine-year-old’s first scuba experience. Though she was doing the Kids Bubble maker program, wherein she would go about six feet down, she was definitely scared when it was time to jump into the sea. She was teary eyed and had almost started to brawl, when one of our dive masters Keertan beautifully nudged her to take the plunge with these lines that have stayed with me: “Beyond Our Fears, Lies Fun.”
Yes, the nine-year old did jump in and then there was no looking back. She enjoyed her experience of diving and the training that preceded the dive so much that she wanted more. She even very bravely snorkeled after the dive, gleefully spotting the Nemos, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, corals and what-have-yous.
I believe, it’s up to us to not give in to our monster mind and the fears that it inundates us with, thereby dissuading us from doing things that we are capable of doing. Sometimes our monster mind will flood our heads with the worst possible outcomes towards a given situation. But it is finally up to us to not listen to its mindless, negative chatter and take a step towards achieving the so-called unachievable. Had the nine-year old given in to her monster mind, she would not have been able to flaunt her scuba certificate. Yes, she took it to school to show her teachers and friends this morning.
Our monster mind will always tell us that we can’t do without technology. But that’s so not true. We were minus connectivity for six whole days and the world did not end. Rather time seemed to have stood still, and we were given the opportunity to savour the simple pleasures of life – some brilliant sunsets, some surreal experiences in the depths of the sea, the lip smacking local cuisine, the pitter-patter of the morning rain, as we sat in our Nicobari cottage, verandah sipping into our English Breakfast tea; and watching nature in its complete glory. The monster mind always instills in our heads, the fear of missing out. There is nothing to miss out if we choose to just be, at any given point of time.
It’s up to us to tame and train our monster mind, and not give in to the deluge of fears that it tries to over crowd our thoughts with. By cultivating mindfulness we can turn our monster mind into a mystical, magical mind; that will always be present in the here and now.
Havelock island helped clear the cobwebs of my mind. I have returned to the city with fresh new perspectives, renewed vigour and a mind that will work in tandem with my being; to win over the monster mind.
I am participating in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge. Today’s theme is Monster.
Linking up with the Iron Lady, Corinne