adult black taiwan dog laying down on grass lawn

Lie down with your belly to the ground,
like an old dog in the sun. Smell
the greenness of the cloverleaf, feel the damp
earth through your clothes, let an ant
wander the uncharted territory
of your skin.

Lie down with your belly to the ground. Melt into
the earth’s contours like a harmless snake.
All else is mere bravado.
Let your mind resolve itself
in a tangle of grass.

Lie down with your belly
to the ground, flat out, on ground level.
Prostrate yourself before the soil
you will someday enter.
Stop doing.
Stop judging, fearing, trying.
This is not dying, but the way to live
in a world of change and gravity.
Let go. Let your burdens drop.
Let your grief-charge bleed off
into the ground.

Lie down with your belly to the ground
and then rise up
with the earth still in you.

by Nancy Paddock


After all, all else is mere bravado.



24 comments on “Inspiration – Lie Down

  1. Aw…I loved this, Val! Thanks for sharing. ❤

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  2. I must admit that there is something special about laying on grass. A deep connection with Mother Earth! Again and again, dogs teach us stuff!

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  3. I’m gonna pass on this one, Val.
    Fire Ants are not benevolent pests.

    Instead, maybe I’ll hug a tree. 😀

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  4. Loved the poem you shared from Nancy, And today after a shower of rain the earth smells even sweeter.. Have a perfect weekend Val..

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  5. Wonderful! Thank you. 🙂

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  6. filled with earth 🙂

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  7. That’s exactly what I need. Belly to the ground!

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  8. A Perfect practice anytime we need rejuvenating! 🙏🏻🌈

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  9. This is so lovely. 🙂 Ps…also nice to lay with your back to the ground gazing up at clouds as they change shape!

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  10. Living with dogs is close to living with little Buddhas! 🤗

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  11. Sooo soothing, Val, thank you… ❤

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  12. Wonderful Val. Animals have so much to teach us. Love the message of this post. Thank you.

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  13. Earthing!! I love doing it at every opportunity. We city folks don’t get to do it often enough. Miss having a good connection to the earth.

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    • Such a lovely perspective Marlene. How do we ground ourselves when the earth is beneath the concrete and tarmacadam? (Tarmac connects to the Scot in me) Every bird that flies and roosts, tree that grows, and blossom that blooms is opportunity to reconnect. 💛

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  14. Skiibainesii

    Beautiful thank you.


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