Bees & Grass- A natural Haven..!!!

Traveling the Rift Valley- amidst the beauty of Kenya’s finest- back to a place where it all begun..back to where nature is at its best- truest and purest form, i was overwhelmed with a sense of belonging. A place that made me feel safe- that expected nothing from me but gratitude. A place bound by an everlasting beauty- captivated by its serene form and tantalizing views.

It had something to do with how it felt to be out in the wild. For days now, my world had been humanly controlled. Full of technology and beeping devices. Full of schedules, schedules and even more schedules! And it was driving me crazy!!  I seemed to have forgotten what it was like to be in a world so simple, yet feel so at peace. I had forgotten what it was like to be in a world not controlled at the click of a button. A world not run on commands and dodgy politics. I had forgotten what it was like to walk amidst natures finest; to take time out for myself; to simply listen to the pleasant chords of music the world has for me.

And here i was in a place with an unexplainable connectedness. Its sights and sounds eerily comforting. It wasn’t an ordinary visit though. It was magical- it was my very being.

The earth was warm under me. The sun above scorching- yet somewhat comforting. A green monster seemed to have over populated the choppy waters. Waters who had broken their banks with the torrents of Kenyan rain. A wooden platform lined the shores. Whilst shaky with every step, this was truly magnifique so to speak!! It existed in its own rhythm- a feat built by man, yet controlled by the very nature of the changing waters.

Totally disconnected from the reality of daily life, lunching under the cool of the makuti roof, the beat of the soft music hummed in my mind. I could smell the grass.. I could see the bees.. I was breathing a dose of fresh African air.  Bliss!!

As if impressing me, taking me away from the beauty before me, a giraffe strolls lazily past me. I’m thinking-  ‘Yes- im lunching- but what are you doing here tall fellow?’ Unaware at my awestruck self, it gracefully rips the leaves of the acacia tree, probably trying to be my lunch date partner. Did you know that giraffes are mammals? That makes them one of our own- a secret i only just discovered as we lunched somewhat together.
Ditching its lunch date with me, it brought out one of its own. Just 3 metres away – Two giraffes!! Standing tall, undisturbed and totally into their own world. Unaware at their picture perfect pose- unaware that they held my full attention. Somewhat refuting the belief that man must control everything. Beauty!!!

Giraffe

Whilst inhaling such a breath taking sight- lunching in the wild..Dancing to the sounds of crickets and buzzing bumblebees..Dipping our feet in the icy waters.. Hopping to the Earth’s music- here i was happy. Actually that was an understatement. I was ecstatic. Fully rejuvenated- totally free and with a sense of belonging.

Find your safe haven and get disconnected. Take the time out to see the little pleasures that nature has in store. Make it your own secret. And then share your secret with the most deserving. For me, it is a place that never disappoints. That always offers me something new. That absorbs your secrets and buries them deep in the brown earth. That does not tell. That does not judge.

And as the day closed upon me- i did not want to be anything more. I was as happy as i could ever be. And maybe that is the greatest feeling of all. To feel complete. To be captivated in life’s little pleasures. To call a place your own. To connect with this place and dissolve into a reality that most people can only dream of.

Nilpa

 

“It is a commonplace of all religious thought, even the most primitive, that the man seeking visions and insight must go apart from his fellows and love for a time in the wilderness.”

Loren Eiseley

 

 

Until you find your safe haven,

x x x

Who’s out there..?

“Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know its the greatest moment of your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who’s standing next to you? ” ~ Peyton Sawyer

Its a question so simple, yet tremendously hard when you are in his picture called Life.  It got me wondering – that who really is there? That do we always need somebody besides us when we are engulfed by the solitude?

When you’ve accomplished a great feat- when you know you deserve much more than a few pats on the back- what is it that you are really looking for?

Its not recognition- its not even pride in accomplishment. Its mere fact cognizant to surviving the tough waters. But then again it might be different to every soul.

For me, its about knowing that you are capable. That despite the odds, you made it. And if that aint no reason to celebrate, then im not sure what is!! And the thing about great moments in life- is that they are few. Trapped in a world so materialistic and constantly whining of a lack of time- these moments, rare as they may be- scream out to us- Make time!!! Enjoy the moment before it’s gone..

And when i look at Peyton’s quote- i always wonder- just who do you want there besides you when all your dreams come true? Who will be there at that exact moment? Is it someone you need? Is it someone you want? Or is it none of the above? Is it a mere stranger who can share the joy and buckle up in your ray of sunshine- who can be there for you bound together by one piece of happiness?

Im not sure- I never will be. But it all comes down to one thing. Who ever it is- always appreciate it. Life might not give you just who you want in your golden moments. But life comes out at us from the darkness. And we can only struggle to find the courage to face it.

In moments of such reflection, you can only hope that when you stand tall and proud, when you achieve your heart’s desire, that you can look at yourself and admit that this is what you wanted. And this is where you were headed.  And as much as we want and need people around us in such moments, we need to stop sabotaging our own happiness. To quit being victims to timelessness, to much awaited ‘dialogues’, to vices and an inferior understanding of love and compassion.

We need to be happy with ourselves. We need to be happy with the people around us that are there when we need them. We need to appreciate the people who cant be there when they should be.

You can never let your hearts desire flicker away..

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You can only find out just who you want besides you in that tiny moment of hope.

 x x x