Through the throes of change,
discarding the olden cloak,
Arthropods moult either for the purpose of growth or to metamorphose. During this process, known as ecdysis, the organism may undertake repair of damaged tissue and sometimes even regenerate lost limbs. The cuticle or old outer skin shed at the end of this process is known as exuvia.
Extrapolating this phenomenon metaphorically, humans too should look to revitalise their inner spirit, which can be achieved by slowing down, decluttering, and through meditation and prayer. Introspection results in self-evaluation – soothing the soul, relieving stress and anxiety, and evoking inner peace – causing the mind to concentrate on its objectives and intent. And thus arises the individual – focused, purposeful, rejuvenated – leaving behind the sublimate of dross!
[In the frame: Exuvia of a Praying Mantis; Aarey Forest, Mumbai]
– Narendra Nayak © 2020