With each step, I come home to the Earth.
With each step, I return to my source.
With each step, I take refuge in Mother Earth.
Each step can express your love for the Earth.
Walking mindfully means walking with full awareness of this love. Filled with love and understanding, we can become deeply aware of every single thing on this planet. We notice that the leaves on the trees are a startling light green in spring, a vibrant green in summer, a rich yellow, orange and red in autumn, and then in winter, when the branches are bare, the tree continues to stand tall, so strong and beautiful, harboring life deep inside.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day including planting a tree, cleaning a park, or working in the garden. Zen Animal Garden Statues add peace and playfulness to your meditation garden. The back of the Zen Cat is etched with the Chinese character for "Independence", the dog has "Loyalty", and the turtle has "Longevity".Mindful Movements by Thich Nhat Hanh
Earth Day is also a great time to take your movement practice outside. These simple and effective movements, based on yoga and Tai Chi, can increase mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and are suited for people of all ages and abilities. Initially developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, the Ten Mindful Movements have become a popular tool to reduce stress and tension. This book/DVD and more of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings can be found here.