This flower has a story to tell About its mother plant And how it came to bloom…
The plant has a story too… About how it was part of a bigger plant The harsh way in which this branch was broken How it felt barren and naked Devoid of leaves Feeling dried up Till it found this pot And the wet soil To hold on To nourish itself To make new leaves And to be the mother plant now!
The pot has a story Of how it was made And how the potter sold it…
The balcony has a story Of how it hosted this garden Filled with these beautiful pots And the plants, of course… Of how bare it was before And now the scene has changed… Of how it enjoys the sunshine The breeze The rain that splashes And the joy of being clicked!
Every single thing In nature Has a story If only we can listen!
I have a story too To share Of how I took up a career In Engineering And then left it To embrace motherhood And after two decades Of running around the mill Trying to figure out What to do with my life I found a hold In Yoga! I went there to heal myself… Now I have learnt To be a trigger A nudge A seed To others And help them Find their own healing! I am a teacher And a student Of yoga And how it is a part of our lives!
You also have a story Am sure of it… Which you can share I am a listener…
Are you the wave? Rising from deep stillness With emotions and words With ideas brimming bright With elated happiness And hit all those Onto the silent shore And as though the job is done Recede back to being silent…
Or are you the shore? The strong and sturdy Resilient to waves And taunamis too The wall is strong Which keeps the shore intact And not dance to the tunes Of the consistent waves That keep hitting…
Or are you the wind? That which stimulates The stillness of water And stirs deep within For ideas to emerge For waves to unfold And also be part of the journey Till the wave hits the shore…
Or are you the observer? The one who knows the wind The wave and the shore; The stimulant The object and the target…
Some days I am the wind There are days when I am overwhelmed like the waves With ideas and emotions… And then some days I am the sturdy shore With an attitude of “bring it on” The yearning though Is to be an observer!
As I wake up everyday, I try my earnest to connect with nature – even if it is in a very small way!
To begin with
I like smelling my tulsi leaves,
touching the leaves of my balcony plants,
looking at the sky (quite the obvious one), wondering about the cloud patterns,
the color of the sky,
listening to the playful mynah,
trying hard to hear the other chirpers,
look at the branches outside my kitchen window and see if they look the same like yesterday or has there been a new branch…
– its endless but there is a strong connection with nature!
I have this window in my kitchen which faces the western sky. The bright blue sky and the gently floating clouds are always my muses. And suddenly I am thankful for this! What is there to a window facing a western sky, you wonder? The simple reason being that I am able to wash the vessels listening to the Bollywood Retro station playing my kind of old romantic duets and then I feel the cool breeze that hits me on my face, the sweat on me turning into a cooler of some sort and there is this feeling of immense gratitude for this moment!
Today I was a tad more lucky as I was privy to watch 4 mynahs playing (that’s my guess) and making so much noise, which was so nice to hear!
Sometimes, these moments of solitude helps me to get a grip back in life. As I face the window and look at the blue sky, I am grateful for this moment from the bottom of my heart! It is a blessing to feel this alive! Here are some pictures captured during such moments of feeling alive!
I recently got a tulsi plant for my home. Even though it is placed rightly in the balcony where there will be plenty of light for the plant, I am looking at it in wonder as it tries to grow out through the grill of the balcony. The light just outside of the grill is too bright than what is inside it and the plant is trying to reach for it. I am just amazed at these ways of nature – to always reach up to a higher level in the most gentle way.
And when a sapling grows into a beautiful tree like the one above, it doesn’t abandon or block the light that gave it the life it needed when it was young. Rather, it lets the light in and allows the light to shine through the leaves, flowers, fruits, and branches! It can result in such dreamy pictures from a nature lover’s point of view. But letting the light in is such a beautiful concept for any person to include in their routine too.
What we use in our childhood to become better beings – those habits, those people who inspire us, those passions – let them all into your life again and again and see your life glow!
As I walked around my apartment, I saw this amazing tree which caught my eye. Some people might discard it saying “What’s so great about a papaya tree, with some young papayas?”
But for me, everything about this picture is amazing. From the beautiful, big, broad leaves which can cover my face to the symmetry of the branches from this view, everything about this picture amazes me. Or should I put it like, everything about nature amazes me!
There is a beautiful symmetry in this picture, even though the leaves are not similar, the papayas are not in similar shape and sizes, yet there is comfort in watching this view. The symmetry gives me the comfort. I was gazing at it even though it hurt my neck. Such beauty should be absorbed by the mind and stored in the happy memories section. As I keep gazing at it, the impact of the beauty is strong and that makes a good memory.
These are the times that I stand small in front of nature and the amazing beauty it presents to the world in the simple things – in a small flower, in a small pattern on leaf or anything we have an eye for and are eager to see and absorb.
Have you ever felt enamored by nature? Share with me.