Returning back to Nature
Meditation on Nature: SvaDharma
(This meditation can be used as an instruction for Yoga Teachers during Yoga Nidra or sitting meditation)
I would like you to close your eyes. The eyelids are heavy, and the moisture inside the eyes presses against the warmth of the inside of the eyelids. Feel the soft lashes, lightly touching your skin.
Begin to breathe deeply, counting the breaths, from one until you reach fifty, and then counting from fifty to one.
Feel the heaviness of the body, allowing the muscles to rest on the bones, and the bones to rest and fall with the force of gravity to the earth.
With the eyes closed, see the darkness in front of you. Breathe into that darkness, and feel its warmth, silence and emptiness.
See a seed. Hovering In the darkness like an egg, in a dark womb. From the bottom see the roots spreading out like veins, and from the top see a small sprout, shyly inching its way out of the seed, sprouting up. See it rising. Feel now the two forces, the roots that are grounding and pulling down into the dark warmth, and the steam that is pulling up towards the light. Feel the pull in your own body.
Now rise up until you puncture the soil, and the light floods you all around, you are in a dense beautiful forest.
Now begin to see trees, rising up from the earth, green soft fluffy moss. The trunks of the trees so large that ten people could not embrace them all together. Look up, and see the branches opening up, like an umbrellas, leaves like open palms welcoming the rays of the sun, open toward the sky. You feel the coolness, shaded from the sun by these kind giants
Feel the sun rays warmly caressing you and bellow feel that the roots have reached an underwater source. Try to feel the heat above you and the coolness below you.
Feel interconnected, the roots spreading in the warm soil, touching other roots of other trees and plants, the tingling of being in union.. Insects buzzing about, walking up your steams and landing on your little leaves, brushing you with their wings, and little legs; feel yourself as a small tree. In this space feel Gaia see the interplay of the cosmos, and your own small existence in this play.
Now breathe deep, and profound. Sit in this space as long as possible.
Ayurveda is uniquely connected to nature, and only through nature can we connect to Svadharma, our innate natural state of being within the cosmic web.
In the modern world, nature is a passing time, a treat, something we get to experience on our day off or our vacation. When in reality the more we are away from her, the weaker we become, the more anxiety overcomes us. Modern society has done everything to separate us from our mother. For when we are in her presence we are strong, strength comes from being connected to the source and knowing from where we sprung from. In society we are addicted to so many things because we have replaced our mother with modern toys that cannot fill our hunger. Energy is given freely, by nature, and when we spend time in nature we recharge our batteries. The long we are away from nature, the lower energy we have, until we run out and sickness takes place.
Ayurveda, is not a textbook on the Science of life, it is a life knowledge that was collected and archived as a map. You cannot learn about Ayurveda, by sitting in an apartment building, away from nature, and memorizing sutras. It is not possible. Only in nature does the intuition awaken, the secret language of the cosmos open its doors to your hidden inner eye. Drinking warm ginger tea in the morning with Ashwrganda will not make you a fully functioning human being, or chanting a mantra and then running in high heels to a corporation office with no fresh air, looking at a computer screen all day.
Wearing plastic shoes, that disconnect your feet from the pulse of the earth, or wearing plastic nails that’s stop you from feeling your food, or inserting plastic eyelashes that stop you from sensing the changes of the flow of wind and prana, or plucking the eyebrows, so that the intuition is the reason why yogis avoid “modern” life, with all its hype and glitz.
Living in nature is Ayurveda, and all ancient cultures knew Ayurveda because they spoke the same language, the language of Mother. To heal our bodies our mind and our spirit, we have to stop searching outside of us, stop believing that we can buy our health, because everything has been given to us for free. Ayurveda starts with us going back to nature, and not trying to place Ayurveda into our modern life and hope that we can continue to be disconnected while adding Garam Masala to our rice or chanting before going to bed.
The change is coming humanity is starting to realize that the way we are moving towards is away from life, for those who have already started stepping into nature, you are on the path of Ayurveda.