It’s a jungle out there !

And just like that….. there he was. The moment that I had been waiting for, was finally here. Just when I was on the verge of giving up all hopes of seeing HIM……there he was!

I got a feeling that he was waiting there, just for me. For a few seconds, I felt it was just he and I, the world around me had stopped still.

It almost felt like he was waiting for me to give up searching for him so that he could appear magicLly before me……as though he wanted to prove to me…..’don’t give up hope, anything can happen here……you are in the jungle remember?’

His sudden appearance startled me, I let out a sudden gasp that seemed to make him turn towards me and just for a fraction of a second, our eyes met before he turned away and continued to walk. His walk….oh his walk…. So majestic, so confident…..I was literally swept off my feet!

Mesmerised and awestruck, like I had seen a vision, I had seen GOD! It was love at first sight. What was it about him that makes me fall in love with him again and again? What is this love draws me to meet him every year?

Have you ever seen a tiger in the wild? Roaming free? If you have, then you know what I am talking about. The thrill, the excitement, the rush of adrenalin, the awe, it is inexplicable!

The feeling is comparable to ‘Falling in love for the first time’

But you know what……when you see a tiger in the wild….you fall in love with him over and over again….. (Wish that were true in real life……that we could fall in love with the same person over and over again)

A jungle safari, for me is akin to going to the temple. Some people are willing to stand in long queues or undergo penances , to get a ‘darshan’ or a glimpse of the deity. But rarely do they get to see God.

The jungle is my temple. It is here that I see GOD, everywhere around me, in trees, birds, deer, peacocks, butterflies, the kingfishers, the serpent eagles, the spotted owls, the woodpeckers and of course, the lord himself… the great Bengal Tiger!

What have I learnt from my jungle safaris?

  • Always have a goal in mind but don’t let that stop you from appreciating the milestones on the way to reaching that destination.

Most people set out on a safari with the sole aim of seeing a tiger, so much so that they miss out on the beauty of other equally rare and unique species. Did you know that sighting a sloth bear is actually so much rarer that sighting a tiger? Celebrate small successes !

  • Listen to the signs and hear the signals. Trust your intuition and inner voice

Just like how the jungle speaks to you, the universe sends you signals that could help you take a decision or keep you on the right course. Tune your antennas to these signals

  • Trust your guide.

The jungle guides and naturalists are able to track animals by simply interpreting the signs and listening to the sounds of the jungle. It could be the sight of fresh pugmarks of any of the jungle cats, or it could be the alarm call of a monkey that had just spotted, from his vantage point on a treetop, a tiger on the move. A good guide can help you track the tiger and spot it too.

In real life, these guides can be in the form of your teachers, parents, friends, co-workers, your boss or even your spouse. Trust them, they will increase your chances of success.

  • Stay in the present.

A jungle safari is full of surprises. You could encounter a tiger as soon as you enter the park of sometimes you could go for even ten safaris without seeing a single tiger. The key is to stay alert and enjoy the jungle in all its glory. The trees, the sound of the leaves rustling in the breeze, the cooing of a solitary dove on top of a dried tree or even seeing wild orchids growing on a dead tree! In life too, stay in the present and enjoy the small things. Look for beauty in oddest places.

  • Let go of the need to control

Acknowledge the fact that there is some great power at work here. The jungle is a great reminder to us that no matter how much we try, nature has her own rules and all the jungle animals are bound by those rules. The tiger, the leopard, the shy sloth bear…. They will show themselves to you only when they choose to, not when you want them to. All you can do is wait and watch! It’s a very humbling experience.

  • Stay positive and have faith.

So what if you did not see a single tiger in any of your safaris, that should not stop you from going for the next safari! Who knows, you might see an entire family of tigers or even a sloth bear or two, in your next safari!

Afterall, it’s a jungle out there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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musingsofmruga

From textile designer, to fashion designer, to entrepreneur, to image consultant, to internationally certified ‘Heal your life coach’, to a lover of yoga, my journey had been that of discovery and learning. Somewhere along this journey, I also became a wife, a companion, a mother, a daughter in law to being a mother in law myself!!! I’ve come a long way! I enjoy interacting with people and sharing all that I have learnt along this journey. There have been lots of failures but the lessons learnt from these experiences are priceless. I believe that clothes , grooming , body language and appearance have a tremendous impact on not only how we feel but also how others react towards us. However, the most stylish clothes and the best grooming habits are of no use unless we are healthy from within. The key lies in balancing this Image that we project to the world, with the real YOU that the world sometimes fails to see. The image that we project to the world, has to be Authentic, Appropriate, attractive and affordable. Unless we work on this image from Inside out, no matter how much we work on it from outside, it will be inadequate. I help people find their true self, to embrace themselves and accept themselves with all their flaws. Thanks to the teachings of Louise Hays, I believe in the powers of affirmations and positivity. Thanks to yoga, I am more aware of how strong our bodies can be. Yoga taught me awareness and staying in the moment. My only regret is that I wish I had discovered yoga earlier in my life. It’s never to late to start yoga practices and the best time is NOW, no matter how old you are. Through my blog, I am trying to make my readers aware of how easy and exciting this journey of self discovery can be. So, this is how I would like to describe myself. I am an artist, a poet, a fashion designer, a foodie, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a companion, a caretaker, a dreamer, a realist. I want everything, and want to live to the fullest. I have an opinion about everything and am ever ready to give my advice and opinion , but only when it is asked for and is valued. I am always ready to learn new things and also willing to share whatever knowledge I have gained in the last 5 decades of my life . This is my platform, where I share my thoughts. Feel free to visit and drop your comments.

7 thoughts on “It’s a jungle out there !”

  1. Wonderful analogy Mruga!
    Circle of life- we sure need to do our part to protect, conserve these beautiful animals for us and the future generations.

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