Mother Earth Ancestor

Monastics hugging treeThe Ancestral Heart is beating everywhere…

in the eternal chorus of the ocean singing to the cliff,
in the silent whisper of the stones,
in the coyote howling to the moon,
in the twinkling eyes of children,
in your beloved’s hand holding yours,
in the smile of a stranger,
in the good, the true the beautiful that one can witness all over the planet….

…the question is, am I quiet and still enough to recognize and hear it?

Stop..and listen.

To recognize the presence of those around us is an act of Love..
…an act of Love we that we can perform everyday.

Let us take some time to perform this miracle and write (at least!) one Love Letter to a family member, a friend, a politician, ourselves.. to recognize and celebrate the gifts their bring to life.
And do send it to them!

Here is a letter our teacher wrote to the Earth..

Dear Mother Earth,

I recognize that you are present in me and that I am a part of you.
It is from you that I have been born, and you who are always present, offering me everything I need for my nourishment and growth.

It is your fresh air that we breathe, your clear water that we drink, your nourishing food that we eat, and your medicinal herbs that heal us when we are sick.

You have all the qualities of a mother. You are nothing less than the Mother of all Beings.
I call you by the human name Mother, and yet I know your mothering nature is more vast and ancient than humankind.
We are just one young species of your many children. All the millions of other species who live–or have lived–on Earth are also your children.

You are not a person, but I know you are not less than a person either.
You are a Great Being, not in the form of a human, but in the form of a planet–a living, breathing being. Each species has its own language, yet as our Mother you can understand us all.
That is why you can hear me today. That is why I can open my heart to you and offer you my prayer.

You are present in every cell of my body. My physical body is your physical body, and just as the Sun and stars are present in you, they are also present in me. You are not outside of me and I am not outside of you.
You are more than just my environment. You are nothing less than myself.

I promise to keep the awareness alive that you are always in me, and I am always in you.
I promise to be aware that your health and wellbeing is my own health and wellbeing.
I know I need to keep this awareness alive in me for us both to be peaceful, happy, healthy, and strong.

But sometimes I forget. Lost in the confusions and worries of daily life, I forget that my body is your body, and sometimes even forget that I have a body at all.

Unaware of the presence of my body and the beautiful planet around me and within me, I am unable to cherish and celebrate the precious gift of life you have given me.

Dear Mother, it is my deep wish to wake up to the miracle of life. I promise to train myself to be present for myself, my life and for you in every moment.

I know that my true presence is the best gift I can offer you, the one I love.

Please join us this fall on the #AwakeningTogether tour in New York, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

  • My deep thanks for sharing this beautiful reminder. It will constitute the reading for our next Granite Forest Sangha gathering, here in rural Pennsylvania.

  • Andree Jeannette Hardy

    This is absolutely beautiful, thank you…

  • Anne Marie Hilldigger

    Stunning.