It was just another sunny day in Chennai, when my office had arranged a day out. I was super excited as the docket included a catamaran ride. It was almost noon, by the time we reached and I was pretty much focused on my two primary goals – the ride to the sea and of course, the food and happy that both took the top position on the agenda.With the life vests up, we were all set, of course with a mixed feeling. I was quite peppy in the beginning, enjoying the bumpy – jumpy feeling over the small waves, with water splashing all over. After what seemed like twenty minutes, we stopped at a point ,that felt like we are in the middle of the sea. There was a rope around 20 feet long secured to the hull; we were told to hold it and just jump. I was little edgy yet 1..2 ..3 ..and did it!
It felt different, the might of the sea, the expanse of it , how minor I am compared to it. We never realize it when we are in the land, safe and secure inside the four walls. We always have the illusion as that’s the whole world for us. It reminded me of a crazy idea I used to have in my childhood days, I used to imagine that the whole world is revolving around me, picture myself as the principle character of a huge drama, on this world-stage, where everyone else is chipping in, just for me :-). Nature broke all my ego on that day, showing her might, making me feel so minuscule, frail. The more I sensed it, more anxious I became. I tried to keep my head up and clutched the rope tightly. My body became stiff and soon started aching, yet I didn’t want to give up, wanted to explore and savor the moment to the fullest. I comforted myself with some rosy words, put my head back, held the rope gently and relaxed my body.
That was the moment! the moment I was caressed in the best duvet, swayed in the best cradle! Nature is indeed the best mother as all say, all you have to do is to surrender to her. I was savoring the moment and my thoughts drifted. Man always thinks himself as superior, his ego doesn’t allow him to yield, though we know it’s the grass that survives the cyclone and not the mighty trees. But then, I also realized surrender takes one to a different level. It slowly took me to a pensive state, where everything felt so trivial to me, all I could hear was the sound of the waves, I could feel the drift in the frequency, everything became calm and serene, then for some brief moments, my thoughts went blank. It was then, I realized, whenever we think we meditate, we don’t, we can’t, it happens! and all we have to do is let it happen.
The common impediment we hear from people who try to meditate is, the thoughts, layers and layers of it, one leading to the other. It all links back to the ‘I’ factor, our ego, as for each of us, as was my childhood fantasy, the world revolve around us, so do our thoughts. All it takes is, to come out of the illusion we have constructed about ourselves, forget who we think we are, all thoughts surrounding us would automatically vanquish itself, as there is no trigger, as there is no motive, as there is no identity, there we are, aligned to the frequency of the nature, where only consciousness prevails and meditation happens! Oh yes, we can feel the bliss…