Kind of going along with my last post about India being a very personal state, everyone here always leaves their front door wide open throughout the day. As soon as you wake up, you go and unlock the door, and just leave the screen kind of closed, but basically wide open. People come and go as they please. The only time a doorbell is really needed, is at night when you’ve closed up shop to go and get ready for bed. I wonder what creates this strong feeling of trust amongst communities. It’s not as if there is zero crime in India, because there definitely is. Is that feeling of trust an inherent quality or an acquired one, and what is stopping us in America from trusting one another? There is an obvious element of fear in play here. As people we’re afraid of so many things: snakes, bugs, heights, etc. But isn’t a bit silly to be afraid of members of our own species? Lions aren’t afraid of other lions. To top it off, we are supposed to be rational animals, and that rationality should tell us to not be afraid of members of our own group, population, community. Rather, we should live in harmony with them.
In my yoga session today, we were working on flexibility motions. One movement involved reaching your arms wide open and raising them above your head and slowly bringing your hands into prayer hands. But the concept behind it is that we’re inviting all the positive energy of the elements and our environment into our being and into our soul. This is a pretty neat idea huh? We’re so quick to close ourselves off from the rest of the world, weary of what others can do to us, but why aren’t we open to others bringing positivity in our lives? This is something I am learning more and more every day. There is so much out there that I haven’t been exposed to. But why am I so reluctant to open myself to the vast amount of knowledge, culture, people, or whatever else that is out there? And again, I am brought to the fact that I’m afraid of change, and not only change, but afraid of where all these things can take me in life, and maybe just maybe I might like it. This is scary.
I think we can learn a lot about this from water. My aunt and uncle took me to the river front of the Sabarmati River here in Ahmadabad (there are pictures below). But the nature of water (haha, no pun intended hahaha), is such that it takes in anything that comes its way. It will eventually flush out whatever is not good for it, and retain things that are good (i.e. heat from the sun…positive energy…see where I’m going with this?). If you look at great rivers or oceans, they go on forever. It’s hard for us to see the end. The vastness is just one big wave (ha, I’m really on a roll today) inviting whoever and whatever is willing to take that first step in. But are you going to just wade in the pools by shore, or are you going to swim as far as you can go?
We should do the same with our lives, inviting in as many good things as we can into our lives. We need to create a reservoir of good energy that we can reach into whenever something negative comes our way, because in the end, good always outweighs bad.