Reconnecting with Mother Nature
Oneness with Nature
A very interesting experience transpired today which inspired me to write this article and share with all of you an interesting technique for reconnecting with Mother Nature.
In many articles on Mastery of Meditation & Yoga, including the popular 10 Things to do Daily for a Happy Life, I have indicated the importance of being connected to Mother Nature and feeling a part of this wonderful earth of ours. In fact, a key aspect of spiritual growth and compassion (see The Secret to Compassion), is to feel that the world is an organic and inseparable part of us. So to help you towards developing this connection let me relate my experience from this morning.
Finally here in the Northeast spring has arrived and has brought with it terrific weather. This morning was no exception and the clear blue skies and soft breeze invited me to sit out for a while before jumping in and starting the day. Now we all know that once the hustle and bustle of the day begins, it can be pretty challenging to tear ourselves away for some quiet time in nature. So, I grabbed this early opportunity and decided to soak in some sun and nature before society caught up to me.
As I sat very still and quiet on the front stairs, I all of a sudden felt a pressure on my right shoulder. Thinking my wife had snuck up on me, I wondered how I had not heard the door open, when I heard the flapping of wings as the pigeon, who had decided to rest briefly on my shoulder, made her way to the next perch. I was touched.
The wonderful animals and birds with whom we share our planet have grown quite distrusting of us humans, and really, we can’t blame them for that. But what I have found is that if you spend time in a certain area of nature quietly, peacefully, gently, then the life that is there, starts to welcome you back in again and allows you to come close to it. So that is my suggestion to you, in helping you reconnect to nature.
Find a quiet tree or rock out in nature and make it a place for regular visits. Just make your way there and sit quietly and peacefully. If you observe that area carefully, I am sure you will be surprised by how much life is flourishing there and as life there gets a little accustomed to you, it will allow you to come closer and closer. Such intimacy and friendship with nature will then go a long way in making you realize how much a part of life you are, and that you are not just a separate little self-obsessed ego.
The more you feel a part of the world, the more you will realize that the world is just a part of you. This holistic view will then form the basis of compassion and love, without which life has no life. I really hope you go out there, reconnect with Mother Nature and experience the wonder and beauty of life.