We have forgotten how to cooperate with nature. We are habituated to establishing our dominion in all aspects of life, including nature. Living in harmony with nature is long gone. We use her for our gains which comes at the cost of other rightful members of the habitat. We have forgotten to respond to the seasonal and temporal patterns of nature, much to our own physical and psychological detriment. दिनचर्या (the daily routine) and ऋतुचर्या (the seasonal routine) don’t fit in our modern lives.
To be really in sync with oneself and nature is to understand and experience the time scale of nature around us. The road to our wellbeing is so simple and clear yet riddled with hardships. Eating सात्त्विक (essential, natural, clean) food, taking a stroll among the trees, practicing योग (yoga), observing सिला (self-discipline), watching and hearing the birds, breathing in clear air, smelling the sweet flowers and pungent leaves. These go a long way in renewing and sustaining our body, mind and spirit. In Carl Jung’s words, “When you walk with naked feet, how can you ever forget the earth?” Let’s walk with naked feet.
Raga is a place where we can pause and connect with nature.