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Post by Wind-Dancer on February 2nd 2009, 1:53 pm

Let us love & care for our Mother Earth
In All Her Extraordinary Forms

PLEASE LEARN & LIVE BY THIS!
"Verses for Environmental Practice" by Robert Aitken

Waking up in the morning
I vow with all beings
to be ready for sparks of the Dharma [Natural Reality, or God]
from flowers or children or birds.

Sitting alone in zazen [meditation]
I vow with all beings
to remember I'm sitting together
with mountains, children, and bears.

Looking up at the sky
I vow with all beings
to remember this infinite ceiling
in every room of my life.

When I stroll around in the city
I vow with all beings
to notice how lichen and grasses
never give up in despair.

Watching a spider at work
I vow with all beings
to cherish the web of the universe:
touch one point and everything moves.

Preparing the garden for seeds
I vow with all beings
to nurture the soil to be fertile
each spring for the next 1000 years.

When people praise me for something
I vow with all beings
to return to my vegetable garden
and give credit where credit is due.
With tropical forests in danger
I vow with all beings
to raise hell with the people responsible
and slash my consumption of trees.

With resources scarcer and scarcer
I vow with all beings
to consider the law of proportion:
my have is another's have-not.

Watching gardeners label their plants
I vow with all beings
to practice the old horticulture
and let plants identify me.

Hearing the crickets at night
I vow with all beings
to keep my practice simple -
just over and over again.

Falling asleep at last
I vow with all beings
to enjoy the dark and the silence
and rest in the vast unknown.

quoted in Dharma Rain,
by Stephanie Kaza & Kenneth Kraft, Shambhala, Boston, 2000,
pages 471-473

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Post by Spirit-Being on February 2nd 2009, 3:46 pm

Wonderful Very Happy

Thanks for sharing

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Post by Spirit-Being on February 2nd 2009, 4:25 pm

I read this again and how much more i got from this poem, story and teaching. Life is precious, we all know this. But living it for others, giving of yourself and being grateful for all we have. This is the how i see the Truth, Gratefulness is a rare quality, just as Humbleness is as well.

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