Saturday, December 1, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day December 1



Elder's Meditation of the Day December 1
"Sometimes dreams are wiser then waking."
--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), OGLALA
The Great Spirit has many ways of communicating with the human being. He talks to us through the five senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. For example, we can observe nature and see a lesson or get an answer. These five senses function primarily in the physical world. But we also have the ability to receive communication from the Unseen World. To do this we have a sixth sense. It comes in the form of dreams, imagination, intuition, inspiration, or a hunch. Along with the dream or intuitive thought there is a feeling, a knowing. We just know it's true without the need for proof. We need to pay attention to our dreams and intuition. Don't cast them off as being silly or useless. Be respectful to our dreams and feelings.
Creator, if you speak to me through dreams, let me know it in terms I can understand.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

SAVORY CORN CHOWDER


SAVORY CORN CHOWDER

Corn Chowder is a great comfort food. This recipe is delicious and easy. Just add some cornbread for a quick meal your family will enjoy.
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
4 or 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups water
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14.75 ounce) can cream style corn
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup 2% or regular milk
3/4 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Optional)
 
Cook bacon in skillet on top of the stove until crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towel.  Fry onion and garlic in about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease left in skillet.  Drain. In a pot on top of the stove cover potatoes with the 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and cook about 10 minutes until soft.  Add onion, garlic, milk, corn, salt and pepper and continue cooking on simmer about 20 minutes longer stirring several times. Crumble bacon into soup. Stir to mix. Add cheese.  Makes 8 to 10 servings. Enjoy!
 
(Note:  I have added about 1/2 cup of frozen corn to the above about 10 minutes before the soup is done just to have more corn in the soup).
 

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 29



Elder's Meditation of the Day November 29
"Life, the circle, a measurement with no beginning and no end."
--Phillip Deere, MUSKOGEE-CREEK
The circle teaches us how the Creator made things and how to live. It teaches us how we should look at creation. Life travels in a circle. In the East is the baby, to the South is the youth, in the West is the adult and in the North is the Elder. Then we return to the Earth Mother to start the cycle again. We observe what is `around us' from the center of the circle. This develops our point of view. We must be careful not to become self-centered.
Great Spirit, let me observe life from the circle's point of view.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 27



Elder's Meditation of the Day November 27
"The Natural Law is a spiritual law. Its powers are both light and dark."
--Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman Traditional Circle of Elders
There are some characteristics that are evident in the system which the Creator made. He made balance, harmony, and polarity. In other words, every (+) plus has a (-) minus. Every positive has a negative; every up has a down; every problem has a solution. The Spiritual Law is the same - it has light and dark. Both are good, so both need to be honored. Lessons can be learned on both sides.
Great Spirit, teach me the powers of the Natural Laws.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 26



Elder's Meditation of the Day November 26
"In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family."
--Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders
We must pay attention to the role of the woman in the family. She is the heartbeat of the family. She should be respected and treated in a sacred manner. We should listen to her guidance. We should help make her role easier by helping with chores or just telling her how much we appreciate her.
Great Spirit, I ask you to bless all the moms.