Modern yogis like us practice in more controlled environments, and because of that, we are also not as in touch with nature. There is a danger though, in thinking that nature is inaccessible to us, in perceiving that our lives now are so “civilized” that we are estranged from wilderness. You see, countless reports are telling us that we have a very small window of time to manage this climate emergency. If we feel out of touch with nature, how will we be motivated to protect it? It’s only when we are in touch with nature that we can fall in love with it, and we can only truly protect the ones that we love.
Now, instead of thinking of nature as that untouched land we have never been to, we begin to see it through glimpses. Perhaps when you look out the window, and you see trees, you start to think, ah this is nature. When a trail of ants show up in your kitchen, instead of thinking of them as invading your home, you see them as part of nature. When you pass by the park, you stop a but longer and maybe the lizards and other insects come out, and you observe this glimpse of nature. When we see that nature still surrounds us, we would do what we can to protect it, to let it flourish, to preserve it, to let it thrive. We won’t allow nature to fall into demise.
Yes, we are modern yogis. But it’s time we reclaim our wild side, our innate connection with nature. We have to stop seeing ourselves as so “domesticated” or “civilized” that nature is separate from us. Going back to our wildness may be our only hope in preserving this home we share. The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.