A quote in my 365 days table calendar says that humans and trees have an intimate relationship, what one exhales the other inhales. We humans are largely involved with the gross elements of life, what is visible to the eyes, appears to be the ultimate reality. But often the absolute truth is hidden in the subtle elements, which of course we do not realize, and moreover in the present day lifestyle we are not even aware of or trained to look towards the subtle elements. We hardly bother about what is behind the visible, which invisible elements lead to the visible. For instance, we see trees and flowers around, but rarely do we consciously realize that the most significant source of our existence is derived from them. The obvious thought that humans should be consciously aware of has somehow been subdued. Our Indian culture however has always emphasized on the importance of keeping close with the nature to vitalize the energies that we derive from the flora around. When one inhales purified air consciously, keeps aware of the breath, then the body, mind and soul get aligned and what we experience is joyful bliss. In fact, we all must have felt the joy when are in our gardens or any such place where there are lots of trees, plants and flowers. The inherent nature of nature is to give joy.
In our pursuit of generating visible development, we humans have limited our connect with the nature and thus the invisible tenets of life. Just setup a small garden at your home, office, or wherever you feel like. Get some plants, set them in pots, water them daily, put some seeds in the soil, feel the texture of the soil, gradually observe the germinated seeds turning up as little plants, spend some time with your plants daily, and just be with them wholeheartedly. Experiencing this joy of nurturing life and getting nurtured through another life is just beautiful. There are not enough words to express this joy. This process actually helps in realizing our true nature, and keeping joyful without much haste and destruction that has unfortunately taken a comfortable seat within humans.
This article is by Shweta Gupta, a FPM participant from the Organizational Behaviour & HRM Area at IIM Indore.