I love the feeling when the mind wanders and rests at the same time – Pragalbha Doshi
Being immersed in nature, away from people, work and gadgets, is the best gift one can give to self. Reflective solitude in the lap of nature is absolutely therapeutic. Tuning into the flow of nature, being mindful of the present, heeding a listening ear to the little sounds around, can be a profoundly gratifying experience.
In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can be more luxurious than paying attention. And in the age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. – Pico Iyer
For today’s challenge, I am sharing a few pics from my archives where I love to spend time in quietude!
You can read my earlier posts from the challenge here.
The second wave of the pandemic has gripped many parts of the world. With a steep spike in daily cases, an untold anxiety and fear cripples the mind. A home today has a wider purview to be more inclusive. With members of the family confined indoors, working from home, online classes, everything under the same roof, there is bound to be some amount of mayhem…. a clash of schedules and tempers. Bedrooms and living rooms converted into office/school, the table is strewn with many gadgets, paper and all kinds of accessories. The video call at odd times, demands the voice decibels to remain low. Imagine one’s own room has restricted entry today. A great deal of tenacity is required to cope up with the deluge of mental stress hitting us from all directions.
We all have, to some extent found our own mechanisms to handle the uncertainties surrounding us today. My sacred space is a small alcove in my home, where I have silent conversations with myself, indulge in some self-love, heal my pain and calm my mind. Believe me, this quiet time with myself in my cozy corner, is helping me a great deal to maintain my sanity, in an otherwise cacophonic home today.
Empower the mind to deal with turbulent emotions
created by the ripples of life.
Diffuse the torrent, channelize a path,
indulge in holistic living.
Spend solitary moments in mindful silence,
ruminate on the breath.
Let the receptive ears soak in the serenading
harmony of nature.
Allow the incessant tears flow from the closed eyes,
cleansing the impurities from the system.
With focussed reflection,
the confluence of the body and mind
transcends beyond the realm of universe.
Feel the abundance of divine energy manifest within,
cradling the self with a healing light.
As a benign balm of spiritual ecstasy fills it,
a sense of empyreal peace pervades.
mind is empowered to deal with the turbulent emotions!
The walk along the muddy trail of the forest was a revelation. The sky kissing trees breathed an organic scent. The verdure paradise was slowly awakening from its deep mossy slumber into a moist misty morning. The raw breeze and foggy veil had a mystic allure to it. Their entwined roots and strong embracing boughs were a testimony of their primeval connect.
The twigs crunched under my feet as I ambled along the wet brown path. The woody heaven came alive to the sounds of the forest. The tweet of the birds, scuttling rabbits, rustling foliage, scurrying squirrels, hissing reptiles, trill of the insects, shrieks of arboreal creatures and the cry of the wild, all playing at their own rhythm yet orchestrating a perfect harmony.
The ambiance of the forest stopped the clock. I lost myself into her welcoming arms. Under the canopy of a green palette, I inhaled the freshness of natural wonder, soaked in the beauty of flora and fauna, admired the medley of diversity, and listened to the pure and earthen tales of the wilderness. I enjoyed my solitude in the company of nature.
Caught in the melee of life and the mess her relationship with Nick was, Anna decided to break away from the chaos surrounding her, to reflect on her problems and her feelings for Nick. Packing her bags, she drove to the place where she often went as a child, with her parents. Anna sat by the silvery lake reflecting the calmness of the placid surroundings. Except for the gentle breeze and an occasional chirp of a bird, no sound rang from the glittering horizon. Amidst nature, in solitude, Anna decluttered her thoughts. She rose with a smile ready to head back.