“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,”
– John Muir Scottish American Naturalist
This week we are going to connect not only our breath and our feet, but also our hands with the energy of the earth as we walk.
If you have any experience with tai chi or Qi Gong, you will find this familiar, and if not
please enjoy this as a new experience and another tool to add to your tool box of mindfulness walking techniques.
In his book, walking meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh writes,
“Your breath is part of your body, so when your mind is in touch with your breath through mindful breathing, it is also in touch with your body."
If you want a more complex mantra that ties into this week’s walking theme
of connecting to the earth you can use:
Om Shree Gaia Ma
The translation of this is described by Beth Barbaglia
“Om Shree Gaia Ma calls for healing for Mother Earth. It aligns you with the frequency of gratitude and all the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.”
Pretty powerful. It can be written down and held in your pocket on walks until it becomes one of your memorized mantras.
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Next the hand motion as you walk ties the breath and mantras together.
Raise your palms upwards side by side starting at the waist.
Raise your hands up to chest height. At the top turn your wrists and open the palms to earth as you lower your hands down.
Begin again. At the waist turn your wrists toward the sky raising your palms in a pillar
together up, then at the top turn your wrists down in a fluid motion to waist level.
Repeat as you walk and if you want to use the basic mantra you can say
IN and OUT as your walk
In as you raise your hands up and breathe in
and OUT as you lower your palms to the earth breathing out.
Settling into a nice rhythm you may feel some energy in the palms
as you move them.
A Poem On Perseverance In Honor of all Nature Poets
It asks us to hang in there, hold on to hope, and head outside for a walk,
to see the beauty that is always around us in the forms of nature.
Nature As Ourselves
When no one notices
not even our own awareness
persist toward the sun
A rope swing dangles
Ready to hold Love,
to listen to Love,
to feel the embrace of Love,
to give Love a push
and to pull Love back
when it has wandered too far
The wind blows us left
the rain torrents right
Through our boughs
As you walk this week try the hand movements and
see if you can connect
deeply with the earth as you walk.
You can play with two breathing mantras:
Breathing say IN and
Releasing say OUT as you raise your palms up and down again,
OR you can send love and thanks to nature with Om Shree Gaia Ma
which is a wonderful gift to send the earth.
Finally, keep an eye out for the photography prompt this week: The burrows and holes inside the trees which shelter animals through the winter.
A Journaling Prompt for the writers out there:
If you could ask the natural world any question or questions,
and get answers, what would you ask?
This wraps up the session for the week.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs
outside in nature.
Thank you for joining me.
More Notes on the Om Shree Gaia Ma
Om (Aum): The divine origin of Sound
Shree: Salutations (Divine)
Gaia: The system of the living earth
Ma: Rebirth; Connection to Earth
108 Yoga, Nature and Mindfulness Quotes. (n.d.). Namaste In Nature. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://www.namasteinnature.com/blog/2018/10/29/108-yoga-nature-amp-mindfulness-quotes
Anderson, L., & Wood, N. (2003). Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose and Poetry About Nature: Vol. Pgs 173-174 (Revised ed.). Vintage.
Barbaglia, B. (2019, December 23). Mantra Healing Mother Earth. Held In The Heart.Com. https://www.heldintheheart.com/blog/2019/12/23/mantra-healing-mother-earth
Hanh, N. T., & Anh-Huong, N. (2019). Walking Meditation: Easy Steps to Mindfulness. Sounds True.
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