I BOW DOWN

 

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Recently, I spent three overwhelming days with a wonderful family, with real values and some humbling practices.

One such practice was that of “Bowing down” where you walk around bowing down after every 5 steps. We made a single file and began. Surprisingly, I had never ever bowed down anywhere before and so I was carrying a certain amount of hesitation in my heart.

As we started the practice, I was thinking to myself, “Oh no! I will have to wash my hair all over again after this.”

As we moved around on a stone path around the lawn, I began to take notice of all the ants, the centipedes and other insects, harmoniously going about their business. There were no accidents. There were no conflicts. They were in sync with each other and with nature.

My bowing down was probably causing a bit of a hindrance in their busy day to day activities but they did not seem to mind. Soon, I found myself taking care not to let my hair fall in their way, not to step on them or jerk them away, not to detest them but respect them for their ability to share space.

The feeling of mutual love and respect created a sense of oneness I had never experienced before. Pride and self importance were replaced by humility and gratitude. Tantrums and anxiety were replaced by peace and harmony within.

At the end of the practice, I sat in silence, feeling love in its purest, most harmonious form. 

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