Earth was dry, parched, and thirsty. Rain showered it with love. Earth’s gratitude rose up as fragrance, one drop at a time.
The examples of gratitude and love abound in nature, and they surround us each moment of our lives:
The warmth of the sun’s rays after a cool night
Birds singing with joy as they greet the arrival of a new day
The orange maple leaf dancing and twirling towards the earth after living a full life
The juicy, fragrant fruit that is bowing with humility to be picked
The blanket of stars twinkling with ecstasy from seeing the full moon
The clouds dissolving in the warmth of the Sun’s love
The farmer’s smile from seeing the fruits of his labor sprout bountifully
The melodious song of the breeze as the leaves dance to its tune
We are amongst miracles, we simply have to shift our awareness to deeply experience the magic of nature and offer our gratitude for its selfless love.
The reason such unblemished love thrives in nature is because there is complete validation of the other’s existence; the soil to the tree, the wind to the sun. There’s no ego center that seeks dominance over any other. Everything is in perfect harmony and balance. Imagine a world in which rivers were jealous of the ocean’s expanse and depth, trees anchored by their roots were envious of the free-flowing breeze, flowers were angry at butterflies and bees for taking away their nectar, clouds were fearful of the sun lest they dissolve in its heat, and stars would fear daylight because they would fade away from sight.
What would that world be like? It would be filled with anguish, pain, sorrow, fear, anxiety, jealousy, and conflict — just like the human race. The underlying reason for such chaos would be something as simple as the clash of egos or the failure to acknowledge that everyone’s truth is unique and equally valid. Yes, validation of the other’s truth is a simple remedy to cure many corrosive human conditions that ail our society. And the best part about validating another is that one receives self-validation in return — without doing any extra work. Validation does not mean being in agreement or losing your own identity — it simply means honoring and accepting the truth of another even if you disagree with it.
Today, we could all benefit from watching the ways of nature and at karuna, our offerings are designed to highlight the beauty of nature and mimic its behavior. We invite you to join us in this journey to unleash compassion and make the world a happier place. Please come join us in the completely free reimagine happiness™ community. There, you can become part of a vibrant network of karuna warriors and discover the transformational tools and resources we have waiting for you.