April 22 is Earth Day, an day to celebrate human-nature inter-dependence. It is not a day of tribute to Man the Master, but a day to celebrate our great Mother Earth who provides us with so many blessings. Dedicated to Mother Gaia this day marks a time when we remember our responsibility to the environment. It is a day to thanks for the fruitful blessings of the Great Mother Earth.
Let this day be a special time thanksgiving for Mother Earth. There are many things you can do. For example, you might.... Plant trees and flowers. Celebrate the Earth by not wasting its resources. Create new things from items that you would usually toss away. Clean up the streets. Conserve energy. Walk rather than drive your car, if possible. And with that, I will end with my favorite prayer.
Earth Teach Me to Remember
Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth Teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands 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 in the rain.
Ute, North American