(photo by me)
Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as the old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.
Stillness. Suffering. Humility. Caring.Courage. Limitation. Freedom. Resignation. Regeneration. Forget. Kindness.
In the quiet of the morning I find stillness. I know my own suffering has created some scars, but it has also tempered me with strength I would not have otherwise found. I ask for humility in all things, never wanting to be proud or boastful. I strive to be a caring person. I have found courage has many forms. I understand limitations can sometimes open other doors. Freedom is something that does not come without responsibility and compassion. Resignation can represent patience. Regeneration means we can be restored, revived. Forget myself means to understand I am one thread of the tapestry, a part of the whole. Kindness is what makes me human.
When we look to the earth, we can find all these lessons. All we need to do is heed them.