“The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power…The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing…”
–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX
Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you’ll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.
Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.
SOMETHING EXTRA TO THINK ABOUT
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
Elders have always had a way of teaching us about the earth we live on. They allow us to sit and play in the dirt as children and get the feelings of our relationship and fascination of the dirt. Our lives depend on the earth for survival so we must take care of it.
~ Arthur Medicine Eagle-Sonier, MEGAMAW
Gitsch Manito-Creator, Wásóq-Spiritworld, Thank you for our earth and our connection to it.Help me to always hold high respect for the earth on which I depend on to survive. Without it we cannot survive… Welálin/Thank You, Msit Nókmaq, Chi~Miigwetch, Mitauke Oyasin
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