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Loving the Earth


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The heart can be easily moved in many ways, to love spontaneously the majesty of an old-growth redwood, to feel compassion for the tenderness of a desert tortoise hiding in its shell, to experience radiant joy watching starlings murmurate in the sky.

… the flight of a butterfly, the tenacity of a dung beetle walking on the ground, the scent of jasmine wafting through the air, or the rich cinnamon scent of a ponderosa bark. Take any and all of these experiences in fully, and notice any quality of love that is evoked, any facet of care, of appreciation, affection.

As you stand by an old tree, you may wish it to be well nourished. Seeing a young animal in the forest, you may wish it to be safe, free from harm. Listening to the sounds of the ocean, you may wish for it to be protected.

The transcript of this practice can be found here: Mark Coleman – Loving the Earth

This is a meditation featured in Mark Coleman’s new book, A Field Guide to Nature Meditation: 52 Mindfulness Practices for Joy, Wisdom and Wonder.

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Mark Coleman

Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past twenty years. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. Through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature.
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