Monday, December 15, 2014

Contemplative Monday



The following quote is from 'THE POCKET THICH NHAT HANH'
published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'.

TOUCHING THE EARTH


"In the Buddhist tradition I am part of, we do a practice called "Touching the Earth",
every day.


It helps us in many ways.
You too could be helped by doing this practice.


When you feel restless or lack confidence in yourself,
or when you feel angry or unhappy,


you can kneel down and touch the ground deeply with your hand.


Touch the Earth as if it were your favourite thing or your best friend."




16 comments:

  1. Hi Y'all!

    Love the wet leaves on the board walk. Wonder if the calming from the earth is what draws people to farming and gardening? They say they like to get down and "feel the earth" in their fingers.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Hi Hawk's mama! I think you are on to something here. Farminmg and gardening are so grounding....no pun intended!!
      I love getting my hands dirty!

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  2. Thank you always Jim I needed this so much s ome man in the apt bldg I live in has been harrrassin about parking no less for the past 3 years...\i'm goint to go check and apt if it doens't work out I'l l go out touch treee, touch anything that will soothe, how do you know, how do you know, how hurt i AM i'm going to touch the earth one way or the other so helpd me God and jim and his quotes xxxxx

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    1. A tree can be just as grounding I bet. Lorraine. We can all do with a little grounding on a regular basis.

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  3. You have such a good eye for the beauty around you. I love the photos. As for the quote, I'm actually going to give it a try. Just the thought of it is somehow soothing.

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    1. Thank you, Mitchell. I know when I am in the garden I feel so much more grounded....how could one not, I guess.

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  4. Here's an image for your photography cards, Jim! Just beautiful! And I love what Thich Nhat Hanh shares. I've touched trees and rocks a lot, but the ground not so much. I'm going to try that! It's a snow-covered ground today, but the clouds are thinning and it's supposed to be warmer and sunnier later. Have a great week!

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    1. Trees and rocks are good too.....couldn't get more 'grounded' than that, Louise!
      Thanks for suggestion re the cards.

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  5. My favorite time when I still could do it, was to garden (my touching the earth). It was the most peaceful time of my day. To touch the earth is to be in your own private sanctuary.

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    1. I can really appreciate this Sharon. When we first moved here, there was a lot of work to do in the garden and we'd be there for hours at a time. I never felt felt healthier.
      '...to be in your own private sanctuary'. Brilliant!

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  6. When alone; with all things that are here;creation .

    __Nice. _m

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  7. When I kneel down, I can't get back up.
    I love these colorful leaves rain-plastered to the deck.

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    1. I hear you, Pat.
      They are great, eh? I had to be careful that I didn't slip on them and break my neck!!

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