Pennie Opal Plant offers a guided meditation to support us in ‘Sensing Self as Earth.’ If there’s a less-human-dominated space near where you live and you have a mobile device, we encourage you to download this meditation and then take it into the field for practice. For those of you for whom this isn’t available, we’re including a version of the recording with some natural sounds of water, wind, and birds in the background.
Please note: part of the meditation involves a vessel of water, so make sure you have a cup or bowl of water with you before you begin.
Here is the recording without any natural sounds.
Here is the recording with sounds of water, trees, and birds (starting around the 9-minute mark).
From the Practice
The air we are breathing has been breathed in and out by billions of our human and non-human relatives since the beginning of air breathers on Mother Earth’s belly. Our breath connects us to the sacred system of life, to all of those who came before and all of those who are breathing with us now.
Breathe your gratitude to the waters in your body for keeping you alive. Imagine the waters all over the world cleansed, healthy, liberated, and if it feels right, vow to act in a good way on behalf of water. Thank the spirits of the waters for all that they give you and for what they offer life.
While we listen, while we feel, while our hearts are open, we experience the web of life that we are a very small part of. Feel how it flows into you and through you and extends outward, continuing through the web that connects everything, even the planets and stars.
There are many ways of experiencing life and we don’t have to limit ourselves to our minds. Know that by paying attention to your body, you will have a fuller experience of the sacred system of life and being alive.
The transcript of this practice can be found here.