It happened finally. My dream of visiting a wildlife sanctuary became a reality with my visit to the Grizzled Giant Squirrel Sanctuary, Srivilliputhur. I walked into the unknown, both literally and metaphorically. At the outset, being a seasoned city dweller meant I had to negotiate the jungle terrain in the absence of road maps and directions. Along my wanderings, I also learnt to trust my instinct; to listen to my inner wisdom; to just be.
This brings me to another interesting aspect that manifested during my sojourn in the wild. As I walked along, I felt I was part of the environment. Wayne Dyer in Manifest Your Destiny coins the term "environorganism" to describe this feeling of interconnectedness and inseparability of the organism and environment. Rather than viewing ourselves as organisms in the environment, he invites us to view ourselves as extensions of the environment and inseparable from it. Such an organic world view reveals our connection with everything around us-to the five panchabhutas or the five elements-earth, water, wind, fire, and sky. Nothing like a foray into the forest to experience such awareness.