In the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, mindfulness practitioners are coming together to help one another understand and deepen our relationship with Mother Earth and live happy lives of harmony and awareness.
In this issue, Thay—our beloved teacher—offers a meditation to help us find nourishment in our direct experience of Earth as the Mother of All Beings. Educator and Earth Holder Dario Sánchez talks about his experience at the first-ever Earth Holder Retreat held this past April at Deer Park Monastery. Finally, after Thay told Earth Holder and Reverend Jayna Gieber to transform her relationship to climate change, Jayna shares with us the practical steps she took to manifest Thay’s teaching—steps that can inspire individual and sangha action in each of us.
We believe this issue of Touching the Earth Newsletter reflects the flowering of the community’s collective consciousness and we are very happy to offer it in the heat of the summer season at a time when Earth’s fruits are ripening here in North America.
With love and gratitude,
Your Touching the Earth Editorial Team
Some inspiring guide posts on our adventure with the Earth Holding Initiative are:
to practice and act out of love, not fear
to have togetherness and inclusiveness at the base, not separation and discrimination
to be diligent and aimless in our efforts to support a collective awakening and healing