SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does touching the earth mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you experienced touching the earth? What helps you remember to be rooted when the ground gives way beneath your feet?
Dirt under my fingernails from Sunday's yard work. Dirt in the Central Valley is to be cherished. You can crawl in it with pleasure, soft, sandy, forgiving. We take much for granted but the soil here is the reason the Central Valley is the agricultural center of the world. My dirt, your dirt, the neighbors' dirt, we are all in separable, and we all owe our existence, in part, to the dirt.
We all are journeying. Life is a journey. The upward path of our life journey is not always easy. We encounter hazards that may thwart our upward journey. We may fall down and fail. We may get overwhelmed. We may go through fear, worry and anxiety. We may feel like we are losing the ground. The temptations may allure us. And we may succumb to them. But we build up our inner strength, get up and keep moving on the upward path.
I have been a traveler on this path for a long time. And I have encountered small and big difficulties. I have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation which has kept me grounded, steadfast and awakened. I have fallen down and I have gotten up. Mindfulness practices have created inner strength in me to continue my upward journey.
I see my original face when I remove the veil of my self-focused thoughts and cravings. I hear my original voice when I become still and hear the sound of silence. I feel full and complete. Nothing is missing. I feel like a child nurtured by the Mother Earth.Life is a mystery and a miracle. My heart gets filled with joy, humbleness, and gratitude.
May we remain awakened to see the Divine Light that shines everywhere and all the time!
Jagdish P Dave
To me, touching the earth means staying grounded, present, humble, and not going off into ego-driven grandiose desires and goals. I experience touching the earth when I stay in the present, responding to what is happening in me, in the other, and in the situation at hand, and staying true to myself. What helps me remember to be rooted, when I do remember, is trusting the process and not be hypnotized by an ambition or outcome I want to accomplish. Attachments unroot me.
From a desire to fly high, my intent has moved to being rooted to the earth.....my Mother the Earth is what holds, what sustains when the winds change direction....
Being rooted, I try and experience my one-ness with everyone and everything else rooted in that same mother-energy.....I feel home.