Soil and Stone
Tissue and Bone
Support and Hold.
I am EARTH.
I hold the now and anchor this present moment. Wind may ruffle me. Still I hold. I have seen so many now’s. Still I hold. I am fundamental ground.
I was born from light. Before this here and now, I was asteroid and meteor, the stuff of stars. I came from light. Now I am the loamy dark place where new life takes root. I am the substrate, the fundamental ground where it all begins.
I hold physical here and now. I am both anchor and dock. I may assume many forms – sand, rock, clay, dirt. Yet in every form I am here to hold life. The physical begins with me.
Touch is my lover. I revel in the sacred caress of plant and animal bodies to my earth. I love to give the seeds a place to root and the waters a place to flow. I offer the wind a destination. Sun and Moon love to dance with me.
I am still, quiet, calm ground.
I am EARTH.
Planet Earth is our physical address for this lifetime. Mama Earth is literally the ground we stand on. And elemental stone is the physical material that we literally build our lives with. The dirt and rock of planet earth are the source of every morsel of food we consume to stay alive. Elemental earth also provides the building materials that we use to create shelters and vehicles, furniture and clothing. This seemingly barren dirt and rock actually teems with life and provides the foundation needed for every species of land plant and animal that lives on planet Earth.
This Earth is our common mother – the womb from which all of life springs. Everyone on this planet shares a common experience of Earth – its physical structure and form, the support and foundation that this planet provides for all of us from birth to death. Humans hold the Earth as common ground, yet we each have our own completely unique earthy experience of life on this planet.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.