“July is a month in which to embrace nature, to observe its principles and integrate them into our lives” as stated in Angeles Arrien’s book Living with Gratitude A Journey That Will Change Your Life. This month gives us many opportunities to be grateful for sharing time in nature with family and friends. It is also a time to show gratitude in helping care for our planet.
Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things.”
~ TAO TE CHING
Earth Teach Me
Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.
~ A prayer from the Ute Indians