Poem: Earth Touching

Here is the foot of a tree.Here is an empty, quiet place. Here is a cushion. Brother, why don't you sit down?

Sit upright. Sit with solidity. Sit in peace. Don't let your thoughts lift you up into the air. Sit so that you can really touch the Earth and be one with her. You may like to smile, brother. Earth will transmit to you her solidity, her peace, and her joy. With your mindful breathing, with your peaceful smile, you sustain the mudra of Earth Touching.

Thich Nhat Hanh excerpted from "Earth Touching" in Please Call Me By My True Names.

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