The Gift of Nature

When nature dons its emerald best;

And glints at gold on mornings blessed.

Sweet crafters weave their humble bodes;

And praise the lord in enchanting odes.

 

From fiery blazing autumn lights;

To twinkling silver winter nights.

Each season leaves a lustrous trail,

Of beauty waiting to unveil.

 

To wean the mind of blistering thoughts;

A cheerful sight of forget-me-nots.

To heal the tender aching heart;

Nature gently plays the part.

 

When sparkling tides rush to reveal

The  glories of the sea.

Then spellbound hearts learn to feel;

The world as it should be.

 

Such treasures laid bare; precious rare.

All generous gifts; from a Lord so fair.

I wish we’d ponder; I wish we’d care.

A lifetime to seek; so much to share.

 

There is a bountiful treasure trove at our disposal, so much to delve into, so much to receive and yet sometimes we barely acknowledge the very existence of it.   In rare enlightening moments we do step out of our urban maze and roam free into the light and magic of our natural surroundings; but then soon we tend to lose ourselves again into the endless haste and waste inspired lifestyle of this metropolitan era.

When the wear and tear of this vicious chase for all things material starts glaring back in our face, we realise how poorly we’ve cared for our mental and physical health. We then switch on our mindset to damage control mode and seek ways to enhance our quality of life and yet the avenues we choose are the very same that led to our gradual decline. Whether its medicine or distraction on a sabbatical we choose the very best that the concrete jungle has to offer. Isn’t it rather ironical that healing lies within our reach just beyond our confined lives,  in the boundless outdoors, yet that is the one place we fail to explore.

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A step out in the open air, the grass under our feet, the trees looming high and a vivid blooming sky is probably all that one needs. Nature in its very essence has healing, comfort and wisdom so deep and enlightening that it does seem strange that we do not always revert to its calming energy in all times of unease. Sometimes all it takes to unwind and relax is a reflective walk down a green space. Soaking up the sights and sounds of the natural world provides our mind and body with the positive stimulus that it requires.

Nature instils in us a deeper understanding of life. When we observe animals, birds and insects in their natural habitat, we learn lessons in compassion, love, perseverance and patience. Somehow watching how the elements flow in harmony and how the cycle of growth renews itself over and over again gives us a better perspective of our own struggles and challenges and revives our hopes and dreams.

Treat yourself to a nature trek, plan a visit to a wildlife sanctuary, put hiking, camping and picnics in the park on your Things to do each month list. Make family outings more adventurous and ones that provide opportunities that allow you and your kids to get reacquainted with nature and kindles the joy of exploration.

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There is a sense of isolation that shadows our crowded lives but one can really find a deeper sense of belonging when we connect with nature. It helps us realise how we are all woven together beautifully in this universe and how blessed we are to play our part in it.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the poem and the post. Do feel free to share if you have anything to add to it. Meanwhile take some time off to immerse yourselves into the natural world. Connect to your beautiful world and find your beautiful place in the universe.

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27 thoughts on “The Gift of Nature

  1. Mohammed Ashfaq

    Reading this poem really made me feel connected with nature. It is so true how we stay in this world yet live disconnected with nature. Definitely need to strengthen our bond with the natural world.

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  2. Erika Ramona

    This is an excellent composition. I live and work in a very busy and crowded city. That’s why I make it a point to go up to the mountains several times in a year. The scent of the trees/forests, the sound of the insects, the sight of sunrise/sunset at the summit refreshes and clears my mind.

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  3. Ibrahim

    While I was reading this poem and post, I was thinking about Surah 55 Ar Rahman
    Almighty Allah reminds us repeatedly in this Surah
    “Fabi ayya laayi Rabbikuma tukazziban”
    Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you deny?
    This verse repeated after reminding few favours we take it for granted
    Infact this Surah opened my eyes and ears when I was young and misguided
    Very good Shaheen!
    Good reminder
    JazakAllah Khair

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  4. Ahmed Nazeef Assadi

    This article should instill an urge for people to get out of their comfort zone and go into uncharted territories. Avoid the stigma of Asian society where the general response to travelling is ‘Shouldn’t you invest your money on something more important?’
    As someone who had the privilege of watching the first sunrise from Mt. Fuji Japan and watch the northern lights in Iceland, i cannot agree more.
    Thank you for such a wonderful article.

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  5. The poem was beautifully written and I think it’s a great way to describe how beautiful our world is. We definitely need to appreciate it more and enjoy the outdoors! It’s one of the best luxuries that we can do in our lifetime.

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  6. Mohammed Anwar Khan

    No doubt nature has given us many things which we cannot imagine. The trees growing in the same soil take the same nutrients through their roots but give us a wide variety of fruits in different shapes ,colours, taste and each of them provide different vitamins. In our busy life we do not have the time to look around and enjoy the beauty of nature. Good põem and beautful wordings.

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