Change is possible only if there is a recognition that people and planet are ultimately one and the same. “You carry Mother Earth within you,” says Thay. “She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, 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.”
Most Sundays I offer a 30 minute online Sangha in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village to honor our inter-being with Mother Earth and our family, spiritual and land ancestors. We breathe, we mindfully drink tea, and we share poems, quotes, and other inspirations. If you subscribe to my newsletter you’ll be notified of this gathering.
My inspiration comes as a result of traveling in Vietnam, immersing myself in Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple and deep writings and practices, and visiting his root monastery in Hue. While visiting just a short while, I met Sister Chan Khong, his friend, colleague, and the first person ordained in his tradition many years ago. My husband and I also took time to meditate on the grounds, in the silence of s simple little deck over a pond with lovely koi and surrounded by the lush vegetation of this very green land.
For more information about the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, see the Plum Village website.