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Down and Dirty

For the ultimate grounding experience, nothing beats lying down on the earth.

By Barbara Gates


Across the continent, my mother, sister, and stepfather are on this same evolving planet. As I lie here, I sense our underlying connection. I try to imagine all of them taking an earth nap in their own yards or nearby parks, as I am doing here. In some unaccountable way, I find this comforting.

Barbara Gates is coeditor of the Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind and author of Already Home: A Topography of Spirit and Place, from which this essay is adapted. Her Web site is www.barbaragates.com.


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NIcole

I've been taking earth naps at work for several years. My coworkers probably think I'm weird but it's so restorative when the weather allows it. I probably started because we have no cushy chair or sofa to relax on and the grassy mounds by our building just looked inviting. More recently I use it to notice my breathing or otherwsie get into a more meditative state.

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