Touching The Earth
Meditation Master Thich Nhat Han (Thay) spoke and wrote eloquently and compassionately on many subjects including working in the corporate world mindfully and how to honour earth.
Speaking of clothing company Patagonia, he shared:
“It’s possible to make money in a way that is not destructive, that promotes more social justice and more understanding and lessens the suffering that exists all around us”. Thich Nhat Han (Thay)
Thay who taught from his ‘Plum Village’ in Bordeaux France also gave us many very simple techniques to start one person at a time from within.
On such very simple, grounding and nourishing self-care practice is called “Touching the Earth”.
I share this very simple three step practice anyone can practice. Those in wheelchair can practice a modified version by touching the earth, tree or grass with hands and feet.
This practice is known as bowing deeply or prostrating, helps us return to the Earth and to our roots, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors.
- FIND A PLACE IN NATURE
2. REMOVE YOUR SHOES AND FOLLOW THE BELOW STEPS
We touch the Earth to let go of the idea that we are separate and to remind us that we are the Earth and part of Life.
🍃To begin this practice, join your palms in front of your chest in the shape of a lotus bud.
🍂Then gently lower yourself to the ground so that all four limbs and your forehead are resting comfortably on the floor.
🍄While touching the Earth, turn your palms face up, showing your openness to the Three Jewels — the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
🌎When we touch the Earth, we breathe in all the strength and stability of the Earth, and breathe out our suffering – our feelings of anger, hatred, fear, inadequacy and grief. This is a wonderful practice.
“So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth.”
Thich Nhat Han: www.plumvillage.org