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“Return to the world means return to the real world. Return to the world of the body, the senses, the world of Nature.
“The preamble to my daily prayer begins by honoring the world.
“‘Creator of All,’ I whisper into the morning air, ‘thank you for this day. Thank you for the sun that rises and sets, for the wind that blows, the rain that falls.
‘Thank you for the air that I breathe, the food that I eat, and the sustenance that You provide.
‘May all that I do today contribute to the healing of the world, and may my heart be open enough to allow the world to contribute to my healing.’
“Letting the Earth heal us, and devoting ourselves to healing the earth—now there’s a reciprocal relationship worth tending.
“These whispers work in a circular fashion. We start by calming ourselves, seeking peace of mind by taking in breath. And what is breath? Nature. Nature’s gift: the exhalation of trees.
“As long as we are alive, the journey of spirituality always returns us to the body: we are of the earth.”
Christina Baldwin from The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These

 

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