I grew up on this Land, on Land close to where I now live. My mother lived in the house I grew up in while she was pregnant with me and I lived there while carrying both of my children. My body and their bodies were made from the food and water and air of this Land.
The places where my parents were born hold a feeling of connection for me, and the Land across the sea that my ancestors lived upon before they came to those places holds a beauty for me, calls to me like no other place on this amazing planet we call home.
The stream in the woods down the road from my childhood home is sacred to me, as is the stream in the woods just up the road from my tree-house. These places, this Land, is sacred and is a part of me. The Waters, the Trees, the Soil, the Stones, are a part of my body, always. The Spirits of these places are a part of my soul, and I am a part of theirs.
Earth is not only the planet upon which we live, nor an abstract idea of elemental power. Earth is the Land that we belong to. I give thanks for the Land and for the Earth, my Mother.