What we do, what we wear, even our mood is a response to what mother nature has done first.
The feeling of who is in control, the sense of what causes us to do something outside or inside, the experience of Other-ness in this place is different from when we are at TBH. When we arrived the weather was clement. There was alot of clearing, digging, cutting back of vegetation in order to create an environment that enabled us to live in conditions that were pleasant and somewhat comfortable.
And since Sunday afternoon, the weather has changed from sunny and hot to raining and wet. Our activities have been limited to indoor activity though every now and then when the clouds hold back the rain we are able to go outside and move around and get some fresh air.
But overall, the sense is that we are definitely not in control. From when we wake up, the question that we ask is not, what do I feel like doing today? but rather, 'what is the weather doing and what clothes are appropriate' and what has mother nature brought us that we need to deal with - 'cut back the grass so allergy sufferers don't suffer as much, or pull up the rugs in the dharma hall so that they don't get soaked and damaged from the rain' and the list of things to do in response to mother nature's actions is endless but what we do is definitely a response to her first move.
It's like dancing with a very powerful and strong leader who makes certain that we know that we are just doing our best to keep up and follow along.