The teachings of the land, and an intimate connection through earth-based practices, will guide us toward wisdom and guidance for our many intertwined and complex situations.

On October 1st, 2013, Laurel committed to daily encounters in Maxwelton Watershed for 365 days, and she reports on her progress in her blog, Forest Currents. This is writing practice and an example of what a daily commitment can bring to one’s life and spirit.


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*Where we got our name…

The Holding Earth Blog is named in honor of Earth-Holder Boddhisattva (Dharanimdhara) who is mentioned in the Lotus Sutra.  Dharanimdhara means to hold, to protect, to preserve the Earth.’  Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “This bodhisattva helps further communication between humans and other species.  He is a kind of engineer whose task is to create healthy space for us to live in, build bridges for us to connect with one another, and build roads so that we can go to the people we love…Earth-Holder works to preserve this planet for living beings by taking care of the air, water, and soil.  Those who work to protect the environment and maintain a healthy ecosystem on this planet Earth are all allies of this bodhisattva.  We all have to become the arms and hands of this bodhisattva in order to protect and preserve the Earth for future generations.”   Opening the Heart of the Cosmos, p. 147

Holding Earth