Breathe in with the deep awareness that you are a
Then breathe out and touch the earth,
a non-man element, as your mother.
Visualize the streams of water beneath the Earth’s
See the minerals .See our Mother Earth, the Mother of
Then bring your arms up and breathe in again, touching the
trees, flowers, fruits, birds, squirrels, air and sky– the
When your head is touching the air, the sun, the moon,
the galaxies, the cosmos–non-man elements that have
come together in order to make man possible–you see
that all of the elements are coming into you to make your
Breathing in again, stretch your arms and be aware that you also penetrate other
Man helps make the other elements possible.
( Words : Thich Nhat Hanh )