The Earth Lullabye came forth from an experience of great fear on the first night of the fast.
That first late afternoon brought a gentle rain that seemed to wash deep down into the depths of the soul. Falling to sleep that night my thoughts were filled with gratitude and peace. I woke up feeling the presence of other with great fear. So much so, that I stilled my breath to be as quiet as possible, for I knew someone or something was with me. Terror filled my mind, as I heard the sound of crunching, right next to me. Again, I held my breath so I could remain silent and free from being discovered by whatever "it" was. I heard the crunching sound again and suddenly it hit me. I knew what that terror noise was coming from. Every time I took a breath, my chest would move against the tarp that lay just underneath me. Every breath caused that "terrible" sound. I realized that my breathing was causing the noise and so I was fearful of my own breath. Giving a sigh of relief, I gave thanks to the Creator and to the Great Mother for holding me in my foolishness and beauty. This melody came to my head and so I sang it softly, over and over again until I drifted back to sleep into the place of the Sacred.