Grace inside, harmony outside
NIMAY SHETH is inspired by nature to create beauty and harmony in the moment.
The other day I was busy splashing about in the swimming pool, trying to get through my daily routine of exercise. As I surfaced after the first couple of lengths, I noticed a peacock sitting on a faraway tree, peacefully observing the sun going down. He was oblivious to the heat and humidity in the atmosphere and was just content to enjoy this simple routine of nature. I was captivated by the bird’s stillness and wondered how the rest of the animal kingdom could be consistently in tune with nature, while we humans struggle so much with this aspect. I could feel the gulf of difference between my restless mind and the peacock’s relaxed state of being.
So I tried an exercise that my teacher had encouraged me to do in my free time:
“Go into the heart and suggest that everything around – the air particles, people, the birds, the trees, the flowers – is deeply absorbed in Godly remembrance.”
The first time I heard this, it sounded corny and possibly I felt that it was too good to be true. But, as I put my critical mind aside and made a quiet suggestion in the pool, I felt a subtle force engulf my entire being. I opened my eyes and felt as if I was an intimate part of that moment of consciousness. My restless mind was now as placid as a pond, and I quietly turned toward the sky to feel the sun set.
I noticed the tree branches swaying here and there, as if playing a game of cat and mouse with the wind. Plants and trees are filled with such love – ready to sacrifice or play, as the weather wills them. Will it ever be possible for humans, who have an individual conscience, to be filled with such grace and simplicity? I recalled feeling a deep urge to be like the villagers, who emanate grace whenever I happen to meet them.
Today I’m much more in tune with nature and inevitably with myself. It is precious to be able to dive deep into my self in meditation and surface with a feeling of oneness with everything around. Imagine applying this suggestion during taxing times; stuck in traffic, in the middle of an argument with co-workers. What effect do we bring to our surrounding environment when we radiate such grace and poise? Further, what is the effect on our collective consciousness when we retain this feeling and carry out all our actions with such an intention?
Others may also then start to mirror or ‘catch’ this feeling. Slowly, but surely, a feeling of harmony will develop in life. It may not be apparent to the naked eye, but it will be most evident in the confines of the heart. As we are collectively inspired, we will contribute to a beautiful feeling of harmony in our life and for our planet.
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