Attend to the Earth — it is Summer in Argentina

We attend to the earth in all seasons but the earth is more invitational in the summer months. I am writing from the northern hemisphere and this reflection on scripture by Gerardo Oberman of Argentina (English translation — Katie Fiegenbaum) reminds me to “Halt” –even now, to learn — even when the frost grips through the ends of my gloves.

Talk with the earth, and she will teach you, Job 12:8a

Halt. Stop yourself and listen.
Observe, appreciate,
breathe, dance, laugh, cry,
enjoy your freedom,
enjoy the beauty
of everything that surrounds  you.

Halt. Stop yourself and look,
savor the simple things.
Fill yourself with the scent of jasmine flowers;
lose yourself in the flight of birds;
dazzle yourself  with the brilliance of the sun;
observe how the clouds change their shapes,
and learn to wait for the rain
without impatience,
for everything comes in its own time.

Halt. Stop yourself and listen.
Guess new sounds,
admire the color of the sky in the afternoon,
and try to count the stars each night…
Looking at the vastness,
meet the place you occupy
in the marvelous mystery of creation.
And do not forget to make time
to talk with mother earth.

Discover all that you have in order to teach…

Habla con la tierra, y ella te enseñará, Job 12:8a

Detente. Párate y mira.
Observa, aprecia,
respira, baila,
ríe, grita,
goza tu libertad,
disfruta la belleza
de todo lo que te rodea.

Detente. Párate y mira,
saborea las cosas simples,
llénate del aroma de los jazmines,
piérdete en el vuelo de los pájaros,
ciégate con el brillo del sol,
observa cómo las nubes
cambian sus formas
y aprende a esperar la lluvia
sin impaciencias,
pues todo llega a su debido tiempo.

Detente. Párate y mira.
Adivina sonidos nuevos,
admira el color del cielo en la tarde,
y trata de contar las estrellas
cada noche…
Mirando la inmensidad
conocerás el lugar que ocupas
en el maravilloso misterio
de la creación.
Y no dejes de hacerte un tiempo
para hablar con la madre-tierra.

Descubrirás todo lo que tiene para enseñarte…

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