Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.
When we talk of existence, only what is natural comes to our mind. Nature is existence. In the midst of nature we can experience our own nature – that which is whole, complete and total. A walk in nature teaches us so many lessons we need to learn and unlearn.
The trees standing tall, with leaves swaying in the wind, can teach us determination. Quietly, as if watching with intensity, the happenings of the day. Not being affected, simply watching. We can learn an important lesson of “witnessing” events, situations as they unfold before us.
The wind moves smoothly between the leaves of the trees. The leaves move gently, happily not affecting the wholesomeness of the trees. Our thoughts can move smoothly within us, not affecting our total being.
Oneness and a sense of belonging can be learnt from trees standing side by side. Total acceptance of each other, with a non judgmental attitude. Birds flying in and out, sitting comfortably on them. Unaffected, yet accommodating. In our lives we are mostly judgmental, non accepting and accommodating seems farfetched.
Giving, without expecting in return, can be learnt from trees and the shade they give. To everyone, irrespective of colour, caste or creed they only give, unasked. Watching the sun rise amidst nature, reminds us to be warm, bright and giving, with no questions asked.
Nature is wonderment.
When you see parrots and squirrels eating together, unconcerned about rights, you can only wonder.
The greatest miracle is a human. Perfect co-ordination, more perfect than any human made computer.
Just that we have forgotten to appreciate this wonderful piece of equipment and take it for granted.
From a blade of grass to huge trees and foliage of all kinds, existence manifests in full capacity. Every tree, flower, fruit interconnected to the whole, is complete, total and whole. Perfect cyclic representation of perfect existence.
So spend time with nature to re-connect, remember existence, feel whole and be in total awareness and gratitude.
About Dr. Bina Nangia
Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.
A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.
Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.
She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.
Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India.