Realize You are the Earth

By Thich Nhat Hanh on Tuesday October 27th, 2015

Realize You are the Earth

By seeing the Earth inside of us we can touch the Ultimate Dimension

The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.

Breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.

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Touching Mother Earth inside of us

We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. The practice of mindfulness helps us to touch Mother Earth inside of the body and this practice can help heal people.

This kind of enlightenment is very crucial to a collective awakening. In Buddhism we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the Earth is in danger and living species are in danger.

Activists have to have a spiritual practice in order to help them to suffer less, to nourish the happiness and to handle the suffering so they will be effective in helping the world. With anger and frustration you cannot do much.

When I am mindful, I enjoy my tea more. I am fully present in the here and now, not carried away by my sorrow, my fear, my projects, the past and the future. I am here available to life. When I drink tea this is a wonderful moment.

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Touching the Ultimate Dimension

If we are able to touch deeply the historical dimension – through a leaf, a flower, a pebble, a beam of light, a mountain, a river, a bird, or our own body – we touch at the same time the ultimate dimension.

The ultimate dimension cannot be described as personal or impersonal, material or spiritual, object or subject of cognition – we say only that it is always shining, and shining on itself.

Touching the ultimate dimension, we feel happy and comfortable, like the birds enjoying the blue sky, or the deer enjoying the green fields. We know that we do not have to look for the ultimate outside of ourselves – it is available within us, in this very moment.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Maurice Spees
Maurice Spees
This is absolutely beautiful and touches me deeply. While it is so true in the life I am living now fully attuned to my inner-child’s esteem. Which is fully attuned to the Earth. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pure words. After traveling for almost 15 years I have spend years in the jungle, have ordained as a Buddhist monk just for a short while to discover I wanted to be part of society while it’s all there for us to experience. But I always found my sanctuary in Nature. Last year I spend half a year in the Borneo… Read more »
Lenka Slívová
Lenka Slívová

I feel so happy .. I had one of these days today. Thank you!