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“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”

― Thích Nhất HạnhGoing Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers

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Photo Courtesy Ed Ogle

Everything changes.

Between my 31st and 34th year, my grandmother, father, sister, two uncles, aunt, landlady and her daughter (both good friends) died.  My father and sister were the closest people to me at that time in my life.

I mourned and remembered my pain was impermanent.   For over a year, I meditated one and half hours every day, turned off all sources of media, went to graduate school and let go of relationships that weren’t serving me.

I landed on my feet with a new diploma, a new and more exciting career, new boyfriend and a profound respect for the fragility of life.

Change is also subtle. Look at a picture of yourself fifteen years ago.  You look different today yet, on a daily basis, you can’t see the subtle changes happening in your body.

Look at your relationships with your siblings, spouses, and children.  They change constantly and subtly.

A friend is upset about a conflict they are having with their significant other.  We talk about it.

A week later I call them to make sure they are OK and ask “How is everything?”

They respond “Great!”

Frequently, they can’t even remember why they were upset when we talked a week ago.

Everything changes.

Mindful Love Exercise Saturday and Sunday Sit for five minutes each day.  What happened over the last twenty four hours that made you uncomfortable?  How long did that feeling of discomfort last? If it feels like a vice on your brain or like a magnet with iron, release it. Let it go.  All feelings are transient.

 

 

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Touching the Earth

The practice of Touching the Earth is to return to the Earth, to our roots, to our ancestors, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We are their continuation and with them, will continue into the future generations. 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.

When we touch the Earth we become small, with the humility and simplicity of a young child. When we touch the Earth we become great, like an ancient tree sending her roots deep into the earth, drinking from the source of all waters. 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.

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness exercise

Spend five minutes today  (time it)  “touching the earth.”  It could be touching a tree, feeling the grass, smelling the flowers.  During that five minutes, remember to breathe, slow down and notice your senses.  What do you feel, smell, see and hear?

Consciously relax all your muscles, starting from the head down to the feet.  Imagine your body is one with nature.  The ground supports you so you will never fall, the light guides you so you can see you way, the rain washes away all your concerns etc.

This amazing documentary shows the profundity of sitting with mother earth (and wild turkeys)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/full-episode/7378/

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Touching the Earth

The practice of Touching the Earth is to return to the Earth, to our roots, to our ancestors, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We are their continuation and with them, will continue into the future generations. 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.

When we touch the Earth we become small, with the humility and simplicity of a young child. When we touch the Earth we become great, like an ancient tree sending her roots deep into the earth, drinking from the source of all waters. 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.

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness exercise

Spend five minutes today  (time it)  “touching the earth.”  It could be touching a tree, feeling the grass, smelling the flowers.  During that five minutes, remember to breathe, slow down and notice your senses.  What do you feel, smell, see and hear?

Consciously relax all your muscles, starting from the head down to the feet.  Imagine your body is one with nature.  The ground supports you so you will never fall, the light guides you so you can see you way, the rain washes away all your concerns etc.

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