Deep Body, Deep Earth is a sequence of body prayers cultivating our sense of kinship with the natural world, a practice in spiritual ecology.
The 23 moves in this 12-minute sequence — drawn from yoga, tai chi, and qigong — activate the Source Energy abiding in our body’s center. In sequence, the moves animate a narrative celebrating the intimate connection between our bodysoul center and Earth’s center, between ourselves and all creation.
The story infuses each move with meaning. For example, these words narrate the practice’s final two moves:
• Heaven and Earth • We sink down, feeling Earth respond to our deepening trust and guardianship with ever more generous support. We raise our arms, feeling sky respond to our gratitude and praise with ever more generous blessing. Our bodysoul center exchanges intelligence with Earth and sky.
• Alignment • Aligning Earth center, bodysoul center, and spirit, we invoke the consecration of our planet home.
As this practice opens us to live more and more through our body-centered consciousness, our senses come alive to the natural world. We live into authenticity, the self-assurance that allows us immersion in nature’s reality. In this experience of connection, we feel our belonging, our reverence, our relationships of reciprocity.
The first video below pairs the Deep Body, Deep Earth narration with figures illustrating the sequence of gestures. The second video illustrates the Rite for Invoking the Sacred Feminine, the narration I wrote before developing Deep Body, Deep Earth.
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