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{O} is for One With Nature: #AtoZChallenge

{O} is for One With Nature

We are beings of Mother Earth and as much part of nature as the trees, the nodding poinsettias that sway to the rhythm of the gentle breeze, or the mammoth mountains that stand tall and the regally flowing rivers. But how often do we consider adapting ourselves the way nature does? Do we flow downstream like the brook by the countryside. Or do we insist on flowing against the tide? Do we learn to shed our inhibitions and worries like the leaves of the fall, or do we cling on to them?

I received this soul-searching message from a friend this April, coincidentally around the time, the spring leaves fall to the ground and make way for the fresh summer shoots. This simple message got me reflective and made me happy as a lark.

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“I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling.

The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’”

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf.” Thich Nhat Hanh

This message was such a beautiful reminder to be one with nature. To learn from the lessons that it imparts upon us each day. How often do we hold on to fear, to expectations that are not being met, only to be disappointed? Pretty often, right? Do we realise life is all about change.  When we stop changing, we stop evolving, and impede certain developments that are for our highest good. Life becomes so much more smooth and peaceful when we stop trying to swim upstream. When we learn to let go like the leaf, we grow and flow with the oneness of the nature and the universe in totality.

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The Kaali river, at Dandeli Sanctuary, Karnataka: Serene, simple and stupendous

There is a certain change I want in my life now for almost over a year, but things just don’t seem to move at all. I have put in all my efforts, tried all possible ways to make it work out for the better, and for things to evolve and improve; but to no avail. But today as I write this post, I believe, I write this for myself. Of course if it speaks to you, do feel free to carry the lessons with you. It’s a gentle reminder for me; to let go, and let the universe work its way through it. After all the universe does have some best laid out plans. Today I choose to become one with nature, and myself and learn to flow with the process of life. Amen! to the changes that will come my way.

“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.”~ Donald Miller Click To Tweet

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

F is for Far from the Maddening Crowd 

G is for Goblins, Gnomes and Gypsy Spirits

H is for Heart, Mind and Soul

 

K is for Kiss

L is for Love Conquers All

M is for Mystic’s Magic

N is for Never Say Never

 

23 thoughts on “{O} is for One With Nature: #AtoZChallenge

  1. This is a beautiful post and so well written. It spoke to my heart. I’m going to bookmark this so that I can read it again. As a gardener, I feel that I can be more effective when I work with nature, rather than against it.

  2. This post had a calming effect on me. As Varad spoke about his teacher, I thought of a dialogue from the movie ‘Bend it like Beckham’, where Keira Knightley’s characters say that if we cannot do something straight away then we have to bend it the way Beckham does, twist and turn and make it happen

  3. Absolutely gorgeous post. I love the quote from Thich Nhat Han. Well I honestly like all of them if you ask me. Wish we could, as humans, have some of the equanimity that nature shows towards change.

  4. That’s a beautiful message from your friend. I remember what my teacher told me long ago – we should be like the mountain streams. If an obstacle is there in your way, find another way or carve your own way. But don’t make the mistake of stagnating. There is a lot we can learn from three nature, isn’t it? All the best to you for achieving the change you want to.

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