Grandmother Earth has her own natural timing, and like humans, goes through four changes within a 24-hour cycle. The following is a short teaching from the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path about how these four changes relate to the four directions.
In the South, there is Sunrise.
The earth is in a phase of exhalation, breathing OUT. This is the act of “catching of the spirit.” Grandmother Earth is exhaling and being in the water and fluidity of self.
In the East, there is Midday.
Here is the time of recuperation for Grandmother Earth. Everything shifts and it is a “resting of the spirit.” It is the time of day when plant growth slows down, for plants rest within the heat of the day.
In the North, there is Sunset.
This is when Grandmother Earth begins her inhale. You will often notice that the wind will blow more strongly. This is known as “seating the spirit.”
In the West, there is Midnight.
This is when Grandmother Earth rejuvenates. She is healing herself. It is in the moonlight that plants make their greatest amount of growth. It is called the “calming of the spirit.”
Pay attention to Grandmother Earth’s natural cycles of time and how you feel during them. Our next post will bring out Sweet Medicine SunDance teachings on how humans experience these cycles.