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Lions Roar : July 2012
Don’t forget to practice smiling. Your half-smile will bring calm and delight to your steps and your breath, and help sustain your attention. After practicing for half an hour or an hour, you will find that your breath, your steps, your counting, and your half-smile all blend together in a marvelous balance of mindful- ness. Each step grounds us in the solidity of the earth. With each step we fully arrive in the present moment. WALKING MEDITATION POEM I take refuge in Mother Earth. Every breath, every step manifests our love. Every breath brings happiness. Every step brings happiness. I see the whole cosmos in the earth. Meditation: Lying on the Earth You may like to lie on the earth and be in touch with our beauti- ful planet. The earth can receive all our pain and tension, and she gives us protection and energy. We know that countless cells in our body are constantly being born and dying. In every moment Mother Earth produces us as a wonderful manifestation and re- ceives us back. When we die, we return to her, and she brings us forth again. You might have a conversation with Mother Earth: “Dear Mother Earth, I am clearly aware that you are present in me and I am part of you. You gave birth to me and provided me with ev- erything I needed for my nourishment. You give me air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and medicinal herbs to heal me when I am sick. Because you gave birth to me once, I know that you will continue to give birth to me again and again in the future. That is why I can never die. Each time I manifest, I am fresh and new. Each time I return, you receive and embrace me with great com- passion. You are the great earth, this beautiful blue planet.” Practicing to be in touch with our nature of being born and dying at every moment can be very pleasant and fruitful. The earth is available to teach us and ground us at any moment. Touching the earth, you touch your nature of no birth and no death. That is the cream of Buddhist teaching. Touching your nature of no birth and no death, you immediately are grounded in the earth. You are no longer a victim of anxiety and fear, and joy becomes possible at every moment. ♦