The first family, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama,
Sasha Obama and President Barack Obama walk out of the White House in
Washington, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, and head to Marine One on the South
Lawn. The first family is attending the wedding of Sam Kass, their
longtime family chef. The bride is MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The wedding
is at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New
York City. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama, second from left, walks with daughter Malia, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, and daughter Sasha, right, follow behind, walking from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The first family was returning after attending the wedding of Sam Kass, their longtime family chef. The bride is MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The wedding is at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New York City. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
At this very moment, the Earth is above you, below you, all around you, and even inside you. The Earth is everywhere. You may be used to thinking of the Earth as only the ground beneath your feet. But the water, the sea, the sky, and everything around us comes from the Earth. Everything outside us and everything inside us comes from the Earth. We often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up our bodies. The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us.
Realizing this, we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth. We can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently. We will fall completely in love with the Earth. When we are in love with someone or something, there is no separation between ourselves and the person or thing we love. We do whatever we can for them and this brings us great joy and nourishment. That is the relationship each of us can have with the Earth. That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.
~Thich Nhat Hanh