1. Earth teach me

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    Earth teach me stillness
    as the grasses are stilled with light.
    Earth teach me suffering
    as the old stones suffer with memory.
    Earth teach me humility
    as blossoms are humble with beginning.
    Earth teach me caring
    as the mother who sucures her young.
    Earth teach me courage
    as the tree which stands all alone.
    Earth teach me limitation
    as the ant which crawls on the ground.
    Earth teach me freedom
    as the eagle which soars in the sky.
    Earth teach me resignation
    as the leaves which die in the fall.
    Earth teach me geneneration
    as the seed which rises in the spring.
    Earth teach me to forget myself
    as melted snow forgets its life.
    Earth teach me to remember kindness
    as dry fields weep with rain.

    ~UTE Prayer

     

  2. How mindfulness can reconnect people to Mother Earth

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    Mindfulness can help people to reconnect by slowing down and appreciating all the gifts that the earth can offer.

    Many people suffer deeply and they do not know they suffer. They try to cover up the suffering by being busy. Many people get sick today because they get alienated from Mother Earth.

    The practice of mindfulness helps us to touch Mother Earth inside of the body and this practice can help heal people. So the healing of the people should go together with the healing of the Earth and this is the insight and it is possible for anyone to practice.

    This kind of enlightenment is very crucial to a collective awakening. In Buddhism we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger.

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

     

  3. In Praise of Mother Earth

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    Mother Earth

    Homage to you Refreshing Earth Bodhisattva
    Mother of this world with its many species.
    We want to turn to you with respect,
    Beautiful green planet in the midst of the sky,
    You who have given birth to countless species,
    Produced so many wonders of life,
    Loved in the ultimate sense of non-discrimination,
    Embraced all species not barring a single one,
    Loyal and reliable, tolerant and stable,
    The mother who bears all species.
    Countless bodhisattvas spring up
    From your fresh green lap.
    Mother you embrace and transform
    Sweeping away the hatred of humans,
    Creating new life day and night,
    Helping the earth to bloom with the flowers of heaven.
    You are open to thousands of other galaxies,
    Sharing your joy with the trichiliocosm,
    By seeing that your true nature is interdependence.
    Conserving and protecting so that nothing is lost,
    Not being, not nothing, not eternal, not annihilated,
    Not the same, not different, not coming, not going.
    Your love knows no limits,
    Your virtues no shortcomings. Continue reading

  4. Mother Earth and waters

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    Respect Mother Earth. Respect the waters
    We’re sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility – all the beautiful attributes that we’ve been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters – because that’s life itself! Phil Lane, Sr (Yankton Sioux)

    Flower-in-the-rain

  5. Mother Earth

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    Will no one stand up for me,
    I am all things can’t you see.
    I give you air to breath, the life that feeds
    I nourished you from birth.
    Never once have I ask for anything, always a silent friend.
    We are as one and one we are when will you ever learn,
    to know when you are lonely that you are never alone.
    For I walk with you in the shadows, through the dark and dim lit roads,
    when the wind is light and the sun is bright, my beauty in you shines through.
    How could you forsake and turn away from me when I still see,
    my gardens burnt and taken away for the price of luxury.
    My children starved and diseased in the name of a gene,
    what price would it be to feed, to love and keep clean.
    My heart of fire taken like a thief in the night, and you, you took it too,
    to feed machines that take you around so fast and they say to the moon.
    You will see in time to come the damage that has been done,
    as you try and breathe the air once clean, if only you believed you would have won,
    to bring out love from hearts of rock, would that be so hard to do.
    The seeds that grow I do not create, the leaders and powers that should not dictate,
    and so my tears will flow with pain and sorrow, for the friend I had.
    When the light that is slowly diminishing from the sadness and anger in you,
    we are as one and one we are, and so for me it will too.

    ~Unknown


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