Nature is not perfect yet when we look at it it’s beautiful. The same is true for us. We seek the perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect partner yet in nature it is not like that. We are distraught when things don’t go according to expectations, when loved ones die or when people fail to behave toward us the way we want. Nature is not like that. Leaves die branches break animals eat each other. We impose so much on what it means to be human yet the Forest is not like this. The forest doesn’t expect anything. The trees, the bugs, the plants don’t plan their next victory or cry over there losses. There is no micromanaging, there is no shame or doubt in the jack rabbit. It just is.
It occurred to me that it would be wise to be more like nature. In my View of myself, in my job, in my relationships and in my view of people. There is no duality but the one we choose to experience. Really things just are. Who would I be if I wasn’t so critical of myself. Who would my husband be if I wasn’t so critical of him. What would my job become if I wasn’t so focused on what it lacks. This is what occurred to me today.
What would it be like to be more like nature? Without vices or chronic disillusionment, doubt? What would it be like to be more accepting of myself. To forgive those who I feel have wronged me. To just be. To Be natural.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.