Monday, December 31, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 31



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 31
"They must give themselves to Wakan' Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear."
--Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA
There are two wills available for us: self will and God's will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love, forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God's will?
Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life. I want You to direct my thinking. You are the Grandfather. You know what I need even before I do. Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today. Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 30



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 30
"Always remember that the Great Mystery is good; evil can come only from ourselves!"
--Grandmother of Charles Eastman. SANTEE SIOUX
The Great Mystery is love, good, and principle. He is a guiding Father. He doesn't play games. He knows only how to love. Sometimes, when things go wrong, we blame Him or others. Usually, if we are honest, we can see how decisions or things done in the past put us in a position to be hurt. It comes back to us. When this happens, it is not something the Creator caused, but something we, ourselves caused. Most of our problems are of our own making. When this happens, we should correct what we've done, ask the Great Spirit for forgiveness, and pray for guidance in the future.
My Creator, bless me with Your good.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 29



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 29
"What you see with your eyes shut is what counts."
--Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Another whole world opens up when we close our eyes and calm our mind. Be still and know; be still and hear; be still and see; be still and feel. Inside every person is a still, small voice. Sometimes it is necessary to close our eyes to shut down our perception in order to see. Try this occasionally when you are talking to your child or spouse, close your eyes and listen to them. Listen to the tone of their voice; listen to their excitement; listen to their pain-listen.
Great Spirit, today, let me hear only what really counts.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 28



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 28
"I believe that being a medicine man, more than anything else, is a state of mind, a way of looking at and understanding this earth, a sense of what it is all about."
--Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel explains different ways of looking at the world. The four directions are the East, the South, the West, and the North. In the East is the view of the eagle. The eagle flies high and sees the earth from that point of view. The South is the direction of the mouse. Moving on the earth, the mouse will not see what the eagle sees. Both the eagle and the mouse see the truth. The West is the direction of the bear. The bear will see different from the mouse and the eagle. From the North comes the point of view of the bison. To be a Medicine Man you must journey through all points of view and develop the mind to see the interconnectedness of all four directions. This takes time, patience, and an open mind. Eventually, you understand there is only love.
Great Spirit, today, allow my mind to stay open.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 27



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 27
"When temptation comes, I don't say, `Yes," and I don't say, `No.' I say, `Later,' I just keep walking the Red Road - down the middle. When you're in the middle, you don't go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist."
--Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
We need to practice controlling our focus. Whatever we focus on we become. We also become whatever we practice. We need to focus on balance. Whenever something comes along to tilt us off balance, we need to be grateful, because it allows the opportunity to practice our focus. Sometimes this is called temptation. Temptation in itself is not bad. What really counts is what we do with it when it happens. We need to practice controlling our focus and keeping our thinking focused on the Red Road.
Great Spirit, today, guide me through my temptations and allow me to focus on the Red Road.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 26



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 26
"The way of knowledge is like our old way of hunting. You begin with a mere trail - a footprint. If you follow that faithfully, it may lead you to a clearer train - a track - a road. Later on there will be many tracks, crossing and diverging one from the other. Then you must be careful, for success lies in the choice of the right road."
--Many Lightenings Eastman, SANTEE SIOUX
An entire apple tree is initially contained in the seed. Visions are initially contained in the idea. If you trace the path of a blooming flower backwards, it goes from the blooming flower back to a bud, back to a stem, back to a seed. So it is in the way of knowledge. Often we will experience a hunch or a feeling that we are supposed to do something. At first it may not make any sense. This is the seed stage. Once we start to investigate, more gets revealed. As more is revealed, the more knowledge we get. This is the way the Great Spirit guides us.
Great Spirit, help me to choose the right choices.

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 25



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 25
"When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing."
--Grandmother of Charles Eastman, SANTEE SIOUX
We never gain new knowledge or new experience unless we are willing to take risks. It's good to be curious. Also, it pays to be cautious. Walk in balance. The path of the Warrior is filled with opportunities to seek new knowledge. As we travel down the Red Road, we will run into trails of opportunity. Down each of these trails are experiences from which we will learn. Experience plus action is the beginning of knowledge."
Great Spirit, help me to make good choices in choosing only the trails You would have me take.

Monday, December 24, 2012

O Christmas Tree : Lyrics

O Christmas Tree : Lyrics

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
Not only green when summer's here,
But also when 'tis cold and drear.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

 


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
From base to summit, gay and bright,
There's only splendor for the sight.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
Thou bidst us true and faithful be,
And trust in God unchangingly.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee! !" 


O Christmas Tree – Christmas Carol Music and lyrics

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 24


Elder's Meditation of the Day December 24

"Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA

We are created by God to be vision people. First we set the goal and then we see. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality. If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?

Great Spirit, let my visions today be Your vision. Put within me a vision of the being you would have me be. Then help me to keep the vision in my mind.
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Elder's Meditation of the Day December 24



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 24

"Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA

We are created by God to be vision people. First we set the goal and then we see. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality. If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?

Great Spirit, let my visions today be Your vision. Put within me a vision of the being you would have me be. Then help me to keep the vision in my mind.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 23




Elder's Meditation of the Day December 23
"It's not the package and the wrapping which counts but what is inside, underneath the clothes and the skin."
--Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Our eyes and ears gather information that is fed to the mind, and we tend to form judgements, opinions, and assumptions which determine our perception. We might see someone act a certain way, then label that person forever, not at all concentrating on what is inside the person. It matters not our height, our size, our facial features, or our gender. What matters is our thoughts. Good thoughts overcome all obstacles.
Great Spirit, let my inside contain Your qualities.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 22


Elder's Meditation of the Day December 22

"From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things: the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals, and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery."
--Chief Luther Standing Bear, SIOUX

The Great Spirit has six things that make up this life force. They are life, love, intelligence, soul, principle, and truth. These are the reasons the life cycle continues. None of this can be altered by man, but we can have access to these powers any time we wish. Just think about it - anytime I have a need I can access one or more of these powers."

Oh Great Mystery, let me know how to use these powers. Today, let me love life, let me know truth, let me live by principle, and let me follow Your intelligence.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 21



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 21

"He [The Great Spirit] only sketches out the path of life roughly for all the creatures on earth, shows them where to go, where to arrive, but leaves them to find their own way to get there. He wants them to act independently according to their nature, to the urges of each of them.
--Lame Deer, LAKOTA 

Every person is created with purpose and with direction. This purpose and direction is written in our hearts when we are conceived. In addition, we are given access to a quiet guidance system which helps us find our purpose and our direction. We need to recognize this guidance system. It's called intuition, the quiet voice, urges, the knowing, or the feeling. Once we locate our purpose and direction, we are given skills, talents and abilities that are unique to only ourselves. We must practice daily prayer and meditation with God to find this information. To be solid and confident in ourselves, we always need to be able to answer three questions: why am I?, who am I?, and where am I going? If I can answer these three questions, I always know I'm OK!

Great Spirit, show me my path of life.

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 22



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 22
"From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things: the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals, and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery."
--Chief Luther Standing Bear, SIOUX
The Great Spirit has six things that make up this life force. They are life, love, intelligence, soul, principle, and truth. These are the reasons the life cycle continues. None of this can be altered by man, but we can have access to these powers any time we wish. Just think about it - anytime I have a need I can access one or more of these powers."
Oh Great Mystery, let me know how to use these powers. Today, let me love life, let me know truth, let me live by principle, and let me follow Your intelligence.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 20



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 20
"My pottery is the handiwork of God."
--Teresita Naranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
The Great One has given every human being at least one special talent and one special gift. We need to develop and practice these gifts because they are the handiwork of God. Maybe we are artists-when people look at our work it puts joy in their hearts; maybe we are singers- when people listen to our songs, their hearts are happy; maybe we are writers of song or poetry-when people hear or read our work, it may change their lives. We need to honor ourselves and our gifts. We need to thank the Creator for our talents and our gifts."
My Creator, let me use my gifts to further Your work on the Earth.

Native Wisdom-Be Brave


Native Wisdom-Be Brave
Think for yourself. Stop living by ways that promises you the moon and gives you a rock to carry. Think things through - if one way looks easier than another, take the bolder way. Don't think what it is going to get you but what it is going to build in you. Some things feed the body and some the spirit. Go with the spirit - it already knows what you need to know. 
~ Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers. ~ 
TECUMSEH - SHAWNEE, 1808

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Never Never Forget...


Never, never, forget that you are a spiritual person. Don't deny it, because if you were not spiritual you would not be alive. The real of you is spirit and you live in a covering which is your body. Your body needs a lot of blessing for it is temporal and your spirit is forever.
Sometimes you sit quietly and daydream -- but at night your spirit takes flight into night visions while your body rests. Sometimes dreams are simply because you ate too much of the wrong things but most times your dreams are there to teach you new things. Listen to what a dream is saying, and identify what is there for your specific purpose. They may work on erasing a hurt that you have carried too long. You are not supposed to hurt your whole life.
Color can explain many things in a dream. Dark colors explain dark events and crystal water is Spirit. You are more than skin-deep. You are more than just a human person. Never ignore that inner spirit of you. It knows more than you think it does and it wants always to help.
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Never, never, forget that you are a spiritual person. Don't deny it, because if you were not spiritual you would not be alive. The real of you is spirit and you live in a covering which is your body. Your body needs a lot of blessing for it is temporal and your spirit is forever. 
Sometimes you sit quietly and daydream -- but at night your spirit takes flight into night visions while your body rests. Sometimes dreams are simply because you ate too much of the wrong things but most times your dreams are there to teach you new things. Listen to what a dream is saying, and identify what is there for your specific purpose. They may work on erasing a hurt that you have carried too long. You are not supposed to hurt your whole life. 
Color can explain many things in a dream. Dark colors explain dark events and crystal water is Spirit. You are more than skin-deep. You are more than just a human person. Never ignore that inner spirit of you. It knows more than you think it does and it wants always to help.
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

I am...


I am...
you, me and we
All a part of The ONE
I am man, father, grandfather,
giver of heart and love.
I am your son, brother, uncle, cousin,
I am by birth and heart Cherokee
I am proud, yet I am humble

To you... I will extend my hand should you stumble
does not matter the color of your skin
if we all take the time to look within
In me you will find a true brother and a friend.
I have been called by many names.
Discrimination calls me Indian!
The Creator above calls me His child
I am Native American and I have walked upon
this earth many times before discrimination was born.
Time after time, my roots were shattered and torn.
But my heritage stands proud!
The legends and lore speak loud.

Again and again we are reborn.
I am, flesh and blood, yet I am the Spirit of yesterday
Striving towards a better tomorrow,
as I push discrimination out of my way.
I am.. a part of the past, the present, and the future.
I am one...yet I am many
Come take my hand and walk with me across the land
and across the sea.
Live in peace and harmony as it is meant to be.
You and I are a part of the...
I Am

by Coolrogue

The Power is in You


Dec 19-The Power Is In You
Never give up never be depressed.Think yourself for one minute,to be in the moccasins of Apache war leader Goyathalay,whose wife and children were killed and he stood for one whole night in front of the river not knowing what to do.Think yourself to be in the moccasins of Tashunko Witko, who was betrayed by the very people for whom he dedicated his whole life.Our ancestors used to walk on fire in the day yet were contented people who were never materialistics ,who fought in the day and danced in the nights.If we introspect we do not have half of their sufferings yet we are unhappy.Wakantanka has given us a gift of life of creation and what we become is our gift to Him.Never make menial problems the heart of life and never be let down.There is good in all sufferings and do not let circumstances overpower you but learn to overpower the circumstances.In the end we all have to leave our earthly home and go to our spiritual abode so rejoice and live life ;don’t just survive
Wakantanka give me the power to be strong to be good and in all times to be loyal to you A’HO
------------Halona Yazzie
“A bit of sunshine, a drop of rain, a puff of life from the Great Spirit as
He gently breathed upon that spot, created the Native Americans. They were
well formed and agile, copper colored and proud.”Harriet Starleaf Gumbs SHINNECOCK
Dec 19-The Power Is In You
Never give up never be depressed.Think yourself for one minute,to be in the moccasins of Apache war leader Goyathalay,whose wife and children were killed and he stood for one whole night in front of the river not knowing what to do.Think yourself to be in the moccasins of Tashunko Witko, who was betrayed by the very people for whom he dedicated his whole life.Our ancestors used to walk on fire in the day yet were contented people who were never materialistics ,who fought in the day and danced in the nights.If we introspect we do not have half of their sufferings yet we are unhappy.Wakantanka has given us a gift of life of creation and what we become is our gift to Him.Never make menial problems the heart of life and never be let down.There is good in all sufferings and do not let circumstances overpower you but learn to overpower the circumstances.In the end we all have to leave our earthly home and go to our spiritual abode so rejoice and live life ;don’t just survive
Wakantanka give me the power to be strong to be good and in all times to be loyal to you A’HO
------------Halona Yazzie
“A bit of sunshine, a drop of rain, a puff of life from the Great Spirit as
He gently breathed upon that spot, created the Native Americans. They were
well formed and agile, copper colored and proud.”Harriet Starleaf Gumbs SHINNECOCK
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Elder's Meditation of the Day December 19



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 19
"Flexible strength is better than inflexible. Let the storm flow over you, and then pop back up."
--Michael Kabotie, HOPI
Flexibility is taught by nature. You will see the trees bend in the wind. You will see that tree branches are flexible. To be rigid is to break. When we have life problems it is good for us to be flexible. Sometimes we need to flow with what is going on. If we resist, it becomes more painful. We need to be on the path of least resistance. Water flows down the mountain through the path of least resistance. Electricity flows through the path of least resistance. Power flows through the path of least resistance. As Indian people our strength has always been our flexibility.
Creator, I will be flexible today because I know You are with me.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Parts of a Horse 2

Parts of a Horse


Figure 1. Parts of the horse
Parts of a horse

1. crest13. gaskin25. coronet37. upper lip
2. withers14. sheath26. hoof38. muzzle
3. back15. hock27. knee39. nostril
4. loin16. fetlock28. elbow40. cheek
5. point of hip17. ergot29. forearm41. face
6. rump or croup18. barrel30. chest42. eye
7. dock19. abdomen31. point of shoulder43. forehead
8. buttock20. heart girth32. shoulder44. ear
9. thigh21. chestnut33. neck45. poll
10. flank22. cannon34. throat latch
11. stifle23. fetlock joint35. chin groove
12. tail24. pastern36. lower lip

The judging procedure

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 18



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 18
"Parents have to demonstrate the value of trust, respect, and honor."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Children learn more by watching than by listening. If we want our children to understand and value trust, they know it by watching how adults live their lives! If we want the children to be respectful, they will observe what the adults do and say to each other. We need to walk our talk. We need to remember the children are watching.
Grandfather, help me learn these important values: Trust, Respect, and Honor.

What About Pie: Pepperoni Roll...my own version

What About Pie: Pepperoni Roll...my own version:

'via Blog this'

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life goes on...


I'm sharing this again for my StepFather, Ed. He dealt with life as long as he could. We may not have dealt well with each other when I was a kid, but he faithfully cared for Mom and I was always impressed with that. She has been (self induced) bedridden for 25 years. His health was declining, He'd had heart surgery, he was old.
He didn't believe in depression, but they both suffered greatly from it without any help, no meds..... so he shot himself.

Be at Peace Ed
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Elder's Meditation of the Day December 17



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 17
"Hear me! A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."
--Tecumseh, SHAWNEE
You can take one arrow and break it in half. But if you take 12 arrows in a bundle, it's almost impossible to break any of them. There is strength in Unity. When we are together we are very powerful. This is the way the ancestors told us we need to be. Strong. We need to unite ourselves. This is why the Elders say, when we make decisions, we must first consider the good of the people. If every person in the community thinks this way, then we will always make strong decisions.
Creator, let my decisions have the strength of the bundle.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 16



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 16
"If you have one hundred people who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One Mind."
--Shining Arrows, CROW
One of the principles of Community is Unity. The alignment of thoughts in groups of people will cause One Mind to form. One Mind is Unity. Each individual in the community must align their thoughts with what other members are thinking. If all the people think of helping one another, then the community will be service oriented and powerful results will be enjoyed. Having our thoughts aligned within a group will cause our children to experience a positive environment. When they have children, the grandchildren will automatically experience these results also.
My Creator, help me to contribute to positive group thought.