Neniis-otoyou’u

Mountains of my Heart

Mountains of My Heart

Long before the white settlers decided to name them Long’s and Meeker after 2 white politicians, the native Arapaho had already named them “Neniis-otoyou’u” which translates: there are two mountains.  

I simply call them my two guides. I fell under their spell many years ago when I first visited the Rockies.  And they have been quietly offering me their wisdom ever since.

Get still and listen. The Earth has much to share with you.

Nancy Lankston

The Mother of All Things

Yin Yang Illuminated
There is something
that contains everything.
Before heaven and earth
it is.
Oh, it is still, unbodied,
all on its own, unchanging, 
all-pervading,
ever-moving
So it can act as the mother
of all things…
~Lao Tzu
Tao te Ching

Holy Night

Nightfall

Sun 

falls over the edge of

a silent Earth

reverent day’s end

holy night slides in

and dark expands into

a landscape of dreams

I am full of this night

potent with possibility

in this dark space

waiting for moonrise

 and remembering

the light.

☾☽

by Nancy Lankston

Sacred Earth Within

Stone and Flow
Stone and Flow

“You carry Mother Earth within you.
She is not outside of you.

It is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth.

~Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk

Rest in Earth’s Embrace

Fairy Frost
Fairy Frost

Connect with the earth underneath your body,
she is right here supporting you always.

Allow your awareness to grow roots deep down into the earth.
Feel this vast, peaceful quality underneath you: Solid love. Care. Nourishment.

Now imagine a point inside the earth, 
below your body.

Let yourself be breathed from this point inside the earth,
from this immense depth of knowing.

Breathe in and up into the body; the qualities of the earth.
Breathe out and down; resting into Her embrace.

 
~Chameli Devi Ardagh
Awakening Women