When was the last time you got your hands dirty?
I mean in the literal sense; your actual real hands covered, layered maybe, in actual dirt, mud, earthly Earth.
How many of us can actually say that by the end of the day we will have, at least, touched the Earth, the real ground beneath our feet?
What has this got to do with your inner transformational process? Everything.
Feel the cold Earth beneath you with the palms of your bare hands, get down on your knees and feel it. Embrace the Earth as much as you like and are able to, and open up as much as you can to receive the Earth’s embrace back. In my experience this is Zen. A great paradox. The safest of feelings, protected but not claustrophobic in any way, life giving, life affirming, but at the same time; the most powerful beating of the heart is induced, because it cannot be contained- a beautiful, living, huge (hearted) Bodhisattva’s presence is felt.
There is nothing like becoming One with the Earth, by actually (for a few minutes at least) rooted your body, mind and heart into that very Earth.
And besides that, isn’t the smell of soil just exquisite? The perfume of life.