The Power of Nature Within

I grew up watching Grizzly Adams. It’s a series of a man who flees into the mountains, after being accused of something he never did. Being left on his own, with his buddy grizzly bear Ben, he discovered his affection for wildlife and learned to find his ways in the wilderness. Only him and a handful of a close friends that he met on the way. Adams, ends up having an adventure of a lifetime. He finds his ultimate peace, freedom, and happiness in complete harmony with nature within and nature without.

“Sleep, sleep peacefully my precious child.
I hold you, as you hold me.
We have a secret bond, you and me.
The loving force that wraps us both together.
As if being held by the universe itself.
All we have to do is lean in and surrender.”  

Listen to the all-pervading universal silent song, the rhythm of your breath – moving in moving out, expanding and contracting. Giving and receiving – the very best you can. You are being part of the great cosmic dance.

Imagine a tree of two merging trunks, roots below the ground are all intertwined, above the ground, two very distinct halves of the one appearing tree, both trees grown together as one, branching out towards the sky. An anomaly? I think not.

It happens all the time in nature. Nature is continuously reinventing itself. Exploring new ways, trying new things. Where some fail, others succeed. Nature is daring, it’s continuously looking for new expressions, permutations, variations, bifurcations. Success no one can deny, it has survived and it has thrived for millions of years and still going strong and as fresh as ever.

The Self is also a part of nature. It cannot exist without its form – the form of the Self is given by nature. The self is the center of every form, it represents the form. It dwells inside – it is the seed. The self is expressed in nature in zillions of shapes and forms. It always represents the core – the core of your heart (cor; Latin noun, meaning heart). Each of us begins a journey of a seed.

Follow the rhythm that permeates this reality. Expansion, contraction – just like

your breathing – you breathe in and you breathe out. Your chest expands as you inhale, it contracts as you exhale. If you observe carefully, you will notice there’s a pattern in nature – continuity of infinite ebbing and flowing of the whole existence, as if responding to silent music, where everything appears to be dancing in perfect harmony.

I call it music of the universe. It moves in a very particular, harmonious rhythm. Going in, going out, rising – falling, beginning and ending. Life is in a continuous circling flow. For example – in a form of water – raindrops fall, they get soaked by the earth. Grounds receive the water – earth expands. Comes dry season, water evaporates, returning back into the sky, morphing into cloud formations. What’s true for me – is I am the Earth – I contract and expand again.

If there are forests and trees, they have the ability to hold the water longer. The water is absorbed by the tree roots, it gets sent up the trunk of the tree, into every branch, every fruit, and every leaf. Seasons change, comes fall leaves drop, they dry away, water returns to the air. During winter, when temperatures fall below the freezing point, the tree pulls its sap down, back to its roots. When the water freezes, it expands through ice; comes spring it melts, it becomes a flowing form.

If you pause for a while and observe carefully, you will notice there is not a single flow where you cannot see this beautiful pattern. Nature is within.

Human beings are the most intricate part of nature. The jewel in its crown – even our own memories seem to follow the same perpetual flow. We remember and we forget. You cannot blame yourself for that, because we all have an extra special gift so we can remind ourselves again and remember that we too are part of nature.

Our memories are stored in each cell of our body. Regardless of how far we came or how disconnected we became. In fact, we can never get too far away. Our eyes open and close – they follow the same rhythm; we can all see and we can all feel. Our beautiful breaths, they are always in tune with the universal song of silence. Our cores, our heartbeats are drumming the same rhythm at least 100,000 times a day.

Next time you say you are out of tune, think twice. Could you possibly exist if that was true? Even the rock that appears static for the duration of our short but gloriously life span is continuously expanding and contracting, eventually becoming dust, so it can merge with the earth again.

The glacial rock dust carries millennia old imprints of time, it contains minerals and essential plant nutrients that dissolve into water and feed the roots of the trees, so the fruit of the tree gets all the required food and goodness to feed you and me. Next time you bite into that apple, you will remember the incredible journey of that fruit. You will realize how precious is the apple you are holding in your hands – universe itself coming to greet you, by expanding and contracting.

A tree grows from the seed; it produces the fruit that contains the seed information of its mother tree. The journey, the song, the dance of a tree becomes the fruit that feeds you, so you can carry on dancing, appreciating life in all its forms, loving, caring, giving, receiving, supporting each other on this journey we all have in common. Always remembering your ubiquitous source.

What a journey of self-discovery, I say!? All it takes is a simple bite of a scrumptiously delicious apple and it’s all there. The wisdom of the ages in one apple – in your hand. Who on Earth could cook up a story of forbidden fruit – that still bakes my noodles? Or, perhaps it is forbidden because it holds the key to unlock the mystery of who you truly are. Reminding you, that you too are the most beautiful, unique expression of the Self. Yes, that makes sense. The forbidden fruit of ignorance – but only if you don’t bite.

Remember, everything happens between the moment you take your first inhale and the moment of your very last exhale. In-between those two defining moments there are billions of breaths that you take, there are billions of moments for you to define. Imagine the span of possibilities. Make the best use of the time that is given to you, life is the most precious gift you can get.

At last, breathe in and breath out, always remember the flow – notice the rhythm, keep on listening and dancing to the music that holds it all together. Remember the song… the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind (Bob Dylan)

Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ In The Wind”
Lyrics: How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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