Celebrating Our Ancestors
Dear Still Water Friends,
This Thursday evening, after our meditation period, Still Water Practitioner Paul Flippin will guide the community through the Five Touchings of the Earth, a guided movement meditation. The discussion will focus on developing gratitude for our collective ancestors. Notes from Paul are below.
The best times to join our Thursday
evening gatherings are just before the beginning of our 7 p.m
meditation, just before we begin walking meditation (around 7:25), and
just after our walking meditation (around 7:35).
Message from Paul Flippin
I have spoken many times during our Thursday discussions about the connectedness I feel toward our practice of the Five Earth Touchings. This connectedness is rooted in the affinity my body feels when I prostrate myself on mother earth. It is especially fulfilling when lying on the brown earth and hugging the soil that nourishes us in so many ways.
It is at that point that I truly feel one with the earth and part of a greater whole Ė part of our collective ancestry as human spirits. We are all a part of that whole. When we connect to the earth in this way our hearts beat with the pulse of the earth, upon which we walk every day. I find the same connection when doing walking meditation. Each step connects the soles of my feet with the beautiful nourishing earth. It flows through us all.
Our ancestorís physical bodies become part of the earth while their spirits soar. Our prostrations can reconnect us with that aspect of our ancestry.
While we are not actually touching the soil outside, our touchings in our sangha are rooted in the by-products of the earth that sustains us. The rug fibers are of this earth. The concrete floor is made from the dust, stone and water of this earth. The building foundation is supported by the earth below us. Our connection is supported by the collective practice of our touchings as a sangha. Our ancestors, teachers and mentors are opened to our hearts through our prostrations.
Thich Nhat Hanh talked our connections to our ancestors in a 2005 Stonehill Dharma Talk:
Please join us this Thursday and celebrate in gratitude our collective ancestors with the Five Earth Touchings.