Open your eyes
What do you see?
You see the mountains
solid, rough, untameable, scary and impressive against the sky
or green, hilly, gentle, protective and kind
You see the rivers
restricted, controlled, directed and angry
or playful, boundless, wild and free
You see the trees
rooted, passive, bored and unable to move
or strong, steady, stable and alive
You see the sky
cloudy, dark, foggy and smoggy
or clear, blue, shiny and infinite
Open your ears
What do you hear?
You hear the wind grumble, pushy, raging and mad
Or whispering, gently and dancing around
You hear the silence
say nothing, do nothing and be nothing
or peaceful, understanding, receiving and calm
You hear the leaves murmur, tremble and holding on to the tree
or crackle, laughing and singing their song
You hear the lions crawl, jump, murder and mate
or yawn, spin, snore and relax
The real world is out there. Our senses are the bridge.
The moment we are busy with thoughts and feelings, we lose contact with our senses. When we lose contact with our senses, we lose contact with real life, with reality right here and right now. When we lose contact with real life, we will be lost in our own fantasy world, projecting our own fantasies onto the world. And we all know how much misery this brings.
Mindful in Tanzania means bringing back our attention to our senses, to real life. The wild nature will make it easier for us to become available to real life again. And once available to real life, it is very possible that life will show its kind face, its harmony, its peacefulness and supportive presence. It can feel like coming home. It is for sure worth the try.