This card is an ode of sorts to the joys of being one with nature as I realised, purely by accident, when I started out on a fitness routine with an evening walk.
It was in April this year when I discovered a magical mystical green oasis in my colony where I have been living for 4 years now. What’s so great about this park – you may ask. Please do!
Actually nothing or then again maybe everything for you see It’s to do with the way I have started to look at things.
First day of my walking regime, I noticed the full- in -bloom- standing- tall gulmohar tree, laden with the fiery red-orange blooms and basking proudly in their glory. The boughs bent down humbly in places, easy for me to reach and pluck a few for my pleasure. The sunshine struck at odd angles and made the entire tree seem on fire. Sigh! If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is.
Next day I came upon a colony of common tiger butterfly which seemed to be doping out on the flowers of a bush. Some hung limply on the buds while others crazy fluttered as if on magic mushrooms. I made an entire video of them and pleasured in viewing it for days on end. Worthy to be deemed Unicorn crazy no!?!
Please dont miss the precious little Lady bugs within the folds of an unfurling sunflower bud!!
Another day I noticed some weird-looking stony fruits scattered all over under one free. On closer inspection, these were rudraksh beads – you know the ones panditji wears?. Well people went nuts when I posted a pic of them on facebook. Everyone wanted me to collect some for them. I hauled a purse full one day, still unclear why people went bananas over them till I googled the lil dudes. The hoo-ha over them made me treasure my suburban green patch all the more.
Oh I forgot to mention the sweet exotic smell of frangipani – I swear, I kid you not- they just smell more exotic here. And the fragrance lingers all over the park and I would walk enveloped in a cloud of this sweet intoxicating perfume.
The peace and quiet here seemed deeper and richer almost as if there is an invisible sound barrier across the park which doesn’t let the noisiness of the streets and colony percolate in.
Just the other day, to celebrate autumn, teeny tiny yellow bits were drifting down a bunch of trees, carpeting the walkway below with a turmeric yellow scatter which stood out brilliantly on the gray of the pathway. Nature is truly ingenious, I say!
This is the one secret space of mine where I escape to when life gets a little unbearable. I come here and imagine myself to be invisible to all the hurt and misery and just soak in the tranquility that emanates from the heart of this slice of nature.
Do you have a go-to space? A secret escape when things get too much?