Touch the Earth



Do you sometimes feel like an outsider?  Do you feel like a guest imposing on someone else's turf?  I know that I did for many years.  It wasn't a conscious thought; it was something lingering in the background.  I felt that I was different than most of the people around me so I felt out of place.  It was almost like guilt.  One day a realization came to me - this is my world, my earth, my home.  I belong here.

There is a story in Buddhism about Siddhartha Guatama (who became  the historical Buddha) that gives me strength when I feel this sense of not belonging.   While Siddhartha was sitting under the bodhi tree, under an oath to remain until he attained enlightenment, he was approached by Mara ( a demon of worldly ways) and an army of monsters to frighten him away.  Mara questioned Siddhartha and asked "What right do you have here?  This place is mine."  The army of monsters cried out "We are his witness."  Mara asked Siddhartha - "Who will speak for you?"

As a response Siddartha reached out his right hand and touched the earth and the earth itself trembled and roared "I bear you witness."

The very fact that we are here gives us a right to be here.  This is your earth, your home, and it is mine. Don't let the ways of the world cause you fear or shame.  Proudly reach down and touch the earth.  You are home.

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7 comments:

  1. Excellent. Thanks. Interesting how our ego launches a dis-association with the very 'place' we find meaning. Touching the earth is also a great metaphor for being present - for by literally touching earth, we are present in the moment, connected to this place as part of its very existence.

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  2. WHat an awesome thing to read in the morning. THis is earth and it is our home -- we are home, just right here! It's weird that we ever forget that. "You are home." I like that, thanks man.

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    1. Thanks TB. I hope that more people will learn to be comfortable in their own skin, to feel at home here on our planet, and to care for it instead of abusing it.

      Dan

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  3. We have a running joke in my family, that I'm from another planet. Maybe my perspective on things may be alien, but you are so right... this is my home.

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    1. I know what you mean, most of my family think that I'm a little weird as well. I've come to terms with it.

      Thanks for reading Diane.

      Dan

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  4. Thanks for the post. It's so important to take care of the Earth. It's the only one we have. :)

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  5. I tried to live in a large city a couple of times, but I was surrounded by so much concrete I felt lost. Today I use that experience to remind myself to always touch the earth, run my toes through the grass, touch the trees and smell the air. I'm only grounded when I'm near nature.

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