Fruits from Earth Holder Retreat

This past week our Earth Holder Retreat, For a Future to Be Possible, lured 130 friends to Deer Park Monastery of the Hidden Mountains of Escondido. Among them were two friends helping to film many activities from the retreat, many Earth Holder Sangha members, friends from One Earth Sangha, Buddhist Climate Action Network and 350.org.

We want to share some of the fruits we received during the retreat.

Much of the material from the retreat is still being edited, but we would like to offer you the recording of two workshops. On Mindful Advocacy and Earth Holder Sangha building.

Here is one of the Guided Meditations we practiced during the retreat. To practice the guided meditation we find a comfortable posture, which is both stable and relaxed. We come back to our natural breathing. Our eyes can be closed or half opened with a gently gaze in front of us. We bring our breath together with the key words at the end of each exercise to focus our attention. We allow ourselves to come back to our breath and the key words when our mind wonder and allow ourselves to dwell with each exercise for 3 minutes or more.

Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. In – Out

Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I relax my whole body. Aware of Body -Relaxing Body

Breathing in, I recognize the Earth element, inside and outside of my body. Breathing out, I smile to the Earth element, inside and outside of my body. Earth Element in and out of body – Smiling to Earth Element in and out of body

Breathing in, I recognize the Air element, inside and outside of my body. Breathing out, I smile to the Air element, inside and outside of my body. Air Element in and out of body – Smiling to Air Element in and out of body.

Breathing in, I recognize the Fire element, inside and outside of my body Breathing out, I smile to the Fire element, inside and outside of my body. Fire Element in and out of body – Smiling to the Fire Element in and out of body

Breathing in, I recognize the Water element, inside and outside of my body. Breathing out, I smile to the Water element, inside and outside of my body. Water Element in and out of body – Smiling to the Water Element in and out of body

Breathing in, I feel the presence of Mother Earth in every cell of my body. Breathing out, I see my body and the body of Mother Earth’s body are not two different bodies. Mother Earth in every cell – Mother Earth’s body and mine are one

Breathing in, I am determined to live in such a way so as to take care of my and Mother Earth’s body. Breathing out, I am determined to live in such a way so as to heal my and Mother Earth’s body. Determined to take care of my and Mother Earth’s body – Determined to heal my and Mother Earth’s body

Breathing in, I come back to this present moment. Breathing out, I smile to this wonderful moment. Dwelling in this Present moment – Smiling to this Wonderful moment