Nature Connects

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

There is a participatory progression in everything that occurs, or happens, around us. This relates to, in each and every sense, a reciprocal intent — one that also articulates something that is apparent. Picture this — we are able to touch, also feel, things. This is because anything that is touchable is part of the palpable world that we all explore. This exemplar clearly holds good for our vision. We spot things that are apparent, implied, or ostensible — the polished surfaces, the shades, the tones, the printed picture, a piece of marble, the azure sky, or rainbow synthesis.

We perceive things because we are part of the perceptible world in which we live and value, appreciate, sense and experience every context. This uniqueness of perceiving the world for each of us is distinct, or personalised. When we walk in the park, we begin to admire its green canvas and shaded depths — the smell of grass and the sonorous serenity of the leaves. We feel revitalised, thanks to the windswept fragrance in the air. What’s more, we may suddenly feel that the trees are ‘looking’ at us — we also literally feel that we are being watched from all sides. 

This feeling is transcending — it is somewhat akin to the gentle touch of someone one loves. This is also an integral part of our ‘self’ — the interactions and modifications that ascend from our conscious, also physical self, to the subconscious that resides deep within. It is a captivating spectacle — a dainty ‘keepsake’ of our ‘nature’ that dwells in us. It is also the nature outside, all by itself. It isn’t that each of us can explain this extraordinary feeling in purple prose, yet it is a resonance anyone can appreciate from the inside out.

This sublime experience is fascinating, contextual, also somewhat mystifying, to our so-called refined modes of thinking, or knowing, in a modern context. Yet, it is all too evident when one accepts the reciprocity of Mother Nature’s direct participation and insight. It is often said that anyone living fully and venerating the laws of nature is never ever alone. This is primarily because nature ought to be treated with reverence — the same kind of respect you expect others to give you. They are apparently subtle feelings. When consciously accredited, they significantly propel our behaviour. They will ‘up’ our perimeter of thought even when we are far away from our familiar surroundings. The reason being — when we think we belong and care for all things, big and small, we embrace what philosophers call as our ‘environmental ethic.’

This is an elevating thought — it leads us to esteem, accommodate and accept our fellow human beings as part of not just the community, but also the cosmos. This, in turn, leads to a mindful ‘connect’ for us with nature, flora and fauna. The inference is obvious — such an empathetic outlook is imperative, also indispensable, for our renewed attentiveness, and participation, in everything that articulates our shared, reciprocal, also collective purpose for a common good.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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