The Good Earth–Tara–preamble to the Daily Word:”earth blessing.”

The Good Earth-Tara

Mother Earth has many names. I favor Tara. It sounds mystic and earthy.
Each day I set foot from bed and walk the streets of my day knowing it is earth, the land beneath me, that grounds my movement and steadies my gravitational uprightness.
This Mother of mine is gentle, and moody when the seasons fluctuate. She is lovely in the spring in red and yellows, greens, and pinks. She dances between the visits of bees in the trees and bushes and she reaches out to me thickly from beneath the Chestnut and Beech, the Hazel and the Oak with fierce roots. I sit with her beneath those leaves on those roots and feel her pulse, listen for the salamander and the nymph. How sweet, how sweet. I need no path to follow those days.

Today I have blessed my own life and it’s meandering fulfillment. There is in it a truth about knowing the path and walking the path. I walk the path before me in an open-eyed meditation I hold hands with the sunshine, with the rain, and I kiss the wind. I shiver in the arms of snow, and hide from the blaze of lightning, but never could I curse these comforting emotions of the earth. Mother, mother, you move me as ashes upon a breeze and speak to my spirit your name–Tara. Here’s the Daily Word from Unity:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EARTH BLESSING
I bless this glorious planet and all that live upon it.
In Genesis we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth … Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land’ … God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”

Today I express my deep gratitude to God for this planet and all its glory. To show my appreciation, I take care of my earthly home. I start a garden, plant a tree, or pick up garbage in my community. I enjoy a walk in nature or meditate at sunrise.

I bless the Earth by caring for it and respecting its delicate balance, which allows all life to coexist in harmony and flourish in abundance.

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.—Ephesians 3:14-15