This article is printed here with permission. Shwetha Sridharan is passionate about the development sector. She previously worked at Arghyam, an NGO that funds water and sanitation projects across rural India. For more information on Nyaya Health and their work and vision of health care for the poor, visit nyayahealth.org or on twitter @nyayahealth.
What a beautiful story... puts a smile on my face...I am also a lover of natural and have a yard filled with flowers and trees...often I just sit on my deck while dragonflies come and sit on my lips as if to kiss me...butterflies sit on my shoulders and squirrels come to eat out my my hand....there is no greater joy than having a wild animal or insect to interact act with a human...
I have a special connection with butterflies ... after my daughter passed away. Thank you for a beautiful essay. So well written, so spot-on. May you be blessed with lots of other beaming butterflies.
I had reached the site in the White Mountains of New
Hampshire that I used for my usual three day meditation and cleansing ritual.
Only once did I run into other hikers and they were on a day trip and brought a
bottle of wine to share. This visit was just to recharge. When I got to the
site a large insect buzzed right to my face and without thinking I swatted the
dragonfly and knocked it into a bush where it landed motionless. I was still in
city mode and was immediately bummed that I had thoughtlessly killed such a
I set up my tent, hand ground some coffee beans and brewed a
shot of espresso. I wandered about, enjoying the thousands of dragonflies and
feasting on wild blackberries. It was truly a magical beautiful day that helped
me center and quiet my mind. I was still upset that I had impulsively reacted
and killed the dragonfly. Hours later, I went back to the bush hoping the
Dragonfly had recovered and flown away. The dragonfly was still on the bush,
upside down and not moving. I picked the dragonfly up and held it in my open
left hand and told the dragonfly what a perfect day it had been for me except I
was sorry and wishing I hadn’t hurt him. I gently stroked his long body with
one finger and asked him to forgive me. The dragonfly started moving its wings
and sat looking at me for a few minutes before flying away. I still feel
I cant tell you how broad is the smile on my face as I read through your article. It felt as if you penned down all those beautiful moments I have been blessed to have shared with butterflies.
It has happened so that in recent past, I have been seeing butterflies everywhere. And as you so beautiful wrote - There are moments in time that we will remember forever, and they always always catch us by surprise. This beautiful creature has been visiting me sometimes by quietly sitting next to be on my bed, or by visiting me during my evening walks or by coming and sitting next to me in an auto. And the only feeling I have had all the time is a feeling of deep gratitude!!
Wrote this one after one such incidence.
'My beautiful connection with the butterflies continues...as I sat in an auto, a lovely black & orange butterfly came and sat next to me :-) giving me yet another reason to feel blessed and to be happy :-)!!
Lots of love & hugs :-)
Live...feel...experience...love...Enjoy...& appreciate LiFe !!!!
Thank you for reminding me that each breath is special, it is the beginning of the next moment and to be savoured. Neville
What a delightful essay. What, I loved most is your unique way of seeing, your description of the butterfly and the images you painted in your marvelous phrase ,"She had a story, I could
tell. I imagine she was once a white monarch that flew higher and
higher. Not like a bird that soars, but like blue waves on a white sand
beach, bouncing and bobbing to anywhere. Like this she traveled
laterally, all the way to the sun in a bliss unbound." A ray from the sun
hung limp and loose, swaying like a Persian cat's tail. She must have
been frightened, caught in this ray. The warmth of sunset orange covered
her body like glue and the heat singed the ends of her wings black."~liz
Wonderful capture of that stillness. Thank you Shwe for providing a space and reflection for my stillness.
I will look for butterflies. Your beautiful story is a reminder to all of us to live in the moment. Thank you for sharing your butterfly encounter with us.