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The Wise Woman Way By Susun S. Weed


Cultivating Grati


Sit in a quiet natural spot where there are plants, preferably leafy ones (grass is OK).


Breathe in. Inhale the oxygen that the plants are exhaling. The oxygen that keeps us alive and fuels the activity of our cells is a gift to us from the plants. Breathe it in with gratitude.


Breathe out. The carbon dioxide that we exhale could kill us, if we were locked in an airtight room with it. But it is the breath of life to the plants. They need it for photo-synthesis. Feel their joy, their thanksgiving, as you breathe out.


Breathe in the joy. The plants send their delight to us. It is part of every breath.


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Breathe out in gratitude, we are thankful that the green nations create the air we inhabit.


Gratitude is in every breath. Every breath is a give-away dance. Asleep or awake, acting or con- templating, one can breathe with gratitude and joy.


Take off your shoes and put your bare feet on whatever is there: soil, sand, grass


Contact Mother Earth with the soles of the feet. (Sit on a chair or bench, or on the ground with your knees pulled up, so your bare feet are on the earth.) The non-organic soles of most shoes insulate us from the heal-


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ing, nurturing, nourishing energy that is generated by planet Earth. Let Her energy pulse in you now. Let it beat in you; let it tingle and bubble in your feet. Let your heartbeat become as one with the heartbeat of the earth. Let your heart beat be in gratitude.


Stand up if possible (but sitting in a chair can work). Keep your knees slightly bent and lively. Imagine you are breathing the energy of the Earth up your legs, through your feet and your ankles, through your calves and your knees, up through your thighs and your private parts, and into your belly. Feel the warmth and trembling in your legs as the energy moves through them. What a blessing it is to be alive.


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