Honoring the Earth

February 17, 2009

This we know.
The earth does not belong to us;
we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected
like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.

Whatever befall the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life;
we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves.

                                       –Chief Seattle

A Short Ritual to Honor the Earth

Print out the words of Chief Seattle.  Then go outside, taking these words with you.  If the weather permits, remove your shoes and socks so your bare feet are in contact with the earth or grass.  If you have privacy, remove your clothes.  Now slowly and silently read the words of Chief Seattle.  Let the words sink deep into your heart.  Now read them out loud.  Finish by reading them silently again.

You might also do this reading in a group.  After reading the words silently, each person should read out loud while the others stand with eyes closed, focusing on the words. Then the group should read all the words out loud together.  Finally each person reads the words silently. 

As we each increase our own awareness, we increase the awareness of everyone on the planet.  I’ll discuss other ways of increasing awareness in next week’s posting.

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