I walked down to the pond yesterday to complete a task I started a few days earlier, picking up bits of broken glass from a bottle broken on the rocks at least several years ago. The glass is quite thick, so not recent. While doing so, I found another broken bottle a few yards away and cleared those shards too. The animals don’t have the capacity to deal with broken glass and if injured by it, would suffer. The female duck, her ducklings and the frogs all seemed to warm to my presence, allowing me in as a companion vs. a threat.
Living Brahman we live in our world as the animals do, well integrated as children of the Divine Mother, source of the source. However, even with excellent health and any resources available, we still need to depend on others, naturally. For social integration, humility, and efficiency.
Growing up in South East Asia, I did not have regular medical care, just a huge number of vaccines injected before living in various countries (ouch), and first aid as needed. So I didn’t develop the sense that I needed a doctor to remain in excellent health, and only see them on an urgent or emergency basis.
I was picking a few weeds in our garden about a week ago, spontaneously, not wearing gloves, and I must have almost crushed a carpenter bee, as it stung me at least five times on my left hand below my thumb. I had very little swelling at first and did not realize the number of stings. So I toughed it out with antihistamines and aspirin at first. By the next day though my hand had ballooned up and was continuing to swell.
Thankfully we now have a clinic in town again after the fire, and I headed up there. They were very helpful and I received a steroid injection to stop and reverse the swelling. All is well now – my left hand is almost back to normal. I so dearly appreciate the expertise of medical personnel.
The self-sufficiency, the invincibility, the truth of Brahman is there, nonetheless, though these days we no longer live in the cave. 🙂