What is Worth Keeping?

I stand back to get perspective on my lifelong collections of things. I visit each group and pay it attention. Then I pick something up, feel it and ask myself “what is worth keeping?”

heartpranaI’m not moving “stuff.” I’m deciding what comes with me to be “planted as my HEART in the earth.”

From this I will grow a new heart that will be the life-force of my new life.

This is vitally important for the health of my heart depends on the seeds of the heart I plant. How well I plant and nourish my new heart will also in turn symbiotically nourish my local soul tribe and beloved. I must be mindful now more than ever.

May I be blessed with clarity and compassion as I release the old and birth a new self.

“I’m going to plant a heart in the earth
water it with love from a vein
I’m going to praise it with the push of muscle
and care for it in the sound of all dimensions

I’m going to leave a heart in the earth
so it may grow and flower
a heart that throbs with longing
that adores everything green
that will be strength and nourishment for birds
that will be the sap of plants and mountains.”
-Rosario Murillo, Earth Prayers From Around the World


Lens: Photos taken at Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat Center the home of my annual Thanksgiving Gratitude and Manifestation Yoga Retreats.

Earth Day Yoga Playlist & Earth Poem

Name     Time     Album     Artist
1 Om Namaha Shiva 2:54 Weaving My Ancestors’ Voices Sheila Chandra
2 The Setting Sun 3:32 The Rise of Downtempo Dub Sutra
3 Mere Gurudev 5:28 Door Of Faith Krishna Das
4 Tantra Drums 7:48 Tantra Drums Al Gromer Khan
5 Blues For Baba 9:23 OM Yoga And Meditation Krishna Das
6 Durga Pahimam 8:39 Shakti Rhythms With Shiva Rea Jai Uttal
7 Jai Radha Madhav 7:01 Deva Premal
8 Still 8:19 Strong As Diamonds Wade Imre Morissette
9 Shyam Radhe 8:42 CD Krishna Wah!
10 Puja 7:26 Door Of Faith Krishna Das
11 Yoga Trance 9:44 Ambiente Yoga Katie Hope

Earth Day Poem

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory
Earth teach me humbly
as blossoms are humble with beginning
Earth teach me caring
as the moth who secures her young
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.
-Ute Prayer