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Monday, April 23rd: The Five Earth Touchings

posted Apr 20, 2012, 2:44 PM by Five Stones
In the meditation room behind Mystic Mountain, we will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:00 PM, as usual.  This weeks practice will be an honoring of our earth, in honor of Earth Day we will practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and pay our deep respects to the earth that sustains and nourishes us.  Please bring a small blanket, or pad.

The Earth Touchings can be quite powerful, we will pay respect to all our ancestors, the earth, those we love, and those who have caused us suffering.  When we touch the earth, we take refuge in it.  We receive its solid and inclusive energy.  The earth embraces us and helps us transform our ignorance, suffering, and despair.  Wherever we are, we can be in touch with the earth.  Wherever we are, we can bow down to receive its energy of stability and fearlessness.  As we touch the earth, we can follow our breathing.  We release all our instability, fear, anxiety, disease, and anger.  We know the earth can absorb our negativity without reacting to us or judging us.  In this way, we’re able to transform those things within us which are painful and difficult to accept.  We’re able to strengthen our capacity to look, speak, and act with understanding and compassion towards ourselves, our loved ones, and all members of society.  Touching the earth communicates our gratitude, joy, and acceptance to our Mother Earth.  With this practice, we cultivate a relationship with the earth and, in doing so, we restore our balance, our wholeness, and our peace.

The energy of mindfulness and concentration produced by touching the earth has the capacity to awaken us to the nature of reality, to transform us, to purify us, and to restore joy and vitality in our life.  As soon as we begin to practice, we can taste the benefits.  And the feeling of being at peace, refreshed and revitalized by the earth will continue long after our practice.  -TNH

Time permitting we will also practice deep relaxation!

With peace and lovingkindness,