I love the sound of “Silence”. When you are in the midst of a rain forest, the only sound you hear is that of the dew drops on the tree leaves or the song of the birds. It makes you reflect in solitude. The greenery around you makes you fresh like the morning dew. It energises you and enables you to sync with nature. The tweaking of the old branches in the cool breeze of the forest or the thumping paws of a wild animal on the morning wet pathway are the only sounds around you.
The farther you are away from the city, the more the forest haunts you. It makes you realize how much mankind has killed nature in the name of development. The orange forest flame ignites your mind. The butterflies kindleyour imagination. The whistling sound of the wind calms you down and makes you sit up. All this makes you realize that the pollution of the traffic and noise of the roads do not drain you any more. It is the fragrance of the forest, which soothes your soul here.
I got up early in the morning, went for a short walk and then a therupatic ayurvedic massage rejuvenated my body. The breakfast filled my stomach and then it was time to sit and reflect in this lap of nature. When you are drowned in the noise of the city, your thoughts get choked, your emotions drained and mind wanders in the quest for materiality of life. You forget to live life to its full potential.
What does nature offer us ? We have huge trees giving us oxygen, the leaves brightening our sight, the birds singing the melody and the smell of the forest calming our mind. You realize that nature has so much to give us and we give nothing back in return. On the contrary, we give back trash, pollution, noise and tonnes of plastic to ruin the earth.
I can be myself when I am in the lap of nature. It brings out the best in me. It can connect the mind, body and soul. It brings you closer to God. It makes you realize the power of the super power. The sunlight appears brighter, the air is cooler and the music of nature is melodious. The environment makes your reflective. You are willing to be one with nature.
Why do we ruin nature inspite of all that she gives us every day ? I have no answer except to believe that human beings are greedy. We always want more from nature than we give back. We want life to be better every day and are willing to squeeze all the natural resources around us without worrying on how we could nurture nature for the future.
It is time to wake up. It is timeto commit that we will give back at least half of what we get from nature. We can make simple commitments. We will not pollute the environment around us. We will live more organically. We will reduce the use of plastic. We minimise the use of cars, bikes and aeroplanes. We will plant more trees and nurture nature in all possible ways.
We need to remember that our kids will get what we leave behind. Our fore fathers gave us such a beautiful world. We need to commit to leave behind a better world for our future generations.
S Ramesh Shankar