Of The Earth

I went hiking up a butte with a friend today, and on the way down there was a shift for me. I took in the wonderful smell of moist earth and forest, and the textures and colors of the soil, rocks, plants and the sky and clouds. At some point, there was a shift into a deepening experience of no separation. In an intimate and viceral way, I experienced how the matter in the soil, roots, trees – all this organic life, is the same matter as in this body. It is truly just one field, one life – taking all these forms. And this is also a reminder of how realizations deepen. The words may be the same, but the experience is new. And it is a reminder of the richness of how life is experienced in us, both during the lifetime of each of us and in the richness of the experiences of all sentient beings.

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