Saturday, August 28, 2010

Touch the Earth so the Earth Can Touch You

"The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..."

--Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

"Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you'll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy."

'Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me." From The Elders

"I believe that once the Sixth Miracle of Nature enters
one's life -- the Miracle of inspired thinking,
feeling and behaving beyond mere instinct-driven
impulses -- there's something new in a being's life,
maybe something not yet named (unless it's "love-for-
all-things"), that's even stronger." Jim Conrad at BackYardNature

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