Saturday, May 3, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day May 3|
|"But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit."|
|--Walking Buffalo, STONEY|
|Nature is the greatest teacher on the Earth. Nature produces many different plants, animals, trees, rocks, birds, insects, and weather patterns. Nature designed all these various things to grow and multiply while at the same time live in harmony with each other. We can learn a lot of we observe and study Nature's system of harmony and balance. Today, go sit on a rock and quietly observe and ask to be shown the lessons.|
Great Spirit, Nature is my teacher. Today, let me be the student.
Friday, May 2, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day May 2|
|"Think only about what is holy. Empty your mind."|
|--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA|
|If we let our minds wander, we will come up with a lot of junk; maybe bad thoughts about a brother or sister, maybe angry thoughts, maybe self-pity thoughts. Our minds are not the boss. We can instruct our mind to think about whatever we want to think about. We cannot stop thinking, but we can choose what to think about. The Elders say we move towards what we think about. That's why they say, "Think about what is holy, think about the Grandfathers, think about culture, think about values, think about ceremonies, and think about good."|
Great Spirit, today, empty my mind and let me experience what it would be like to think about what is holy.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day May 1|
|"All living creatures and all plants derive their life from the sun. If it were not for the sun, there would be darkness and nothing could grow � the earth would be without life."|
|--Okute, TETON SIOUX|
|This is why we call the sun, Father Sun. Father Sun shines life on Mother Earth and from this Father and Mother all life forms exist and continue to reproduce. The Sun shines on all; it is not selective. We should not allow anything to block the Sun from shining on the Earth. We must not pollute the air because the pollutants block the light of life to the Earth. If the Earth cannot receive this light, then life will start to be affected. We must live in harmony with the Sun and Earth. Otherwise, we are harming ourselves.|
My Creator, give me the wisdom to live in harmony with all things.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day April 30|
|"Modern civilization has no understanding of sacred matters. Everything is backwards."|
|--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW|
|Modern civilization says, don't pray in school; don't pray at work; only go to church on Sunday. If you don't believe what I believe, you'll go to hell. Deviancy is normal. Our role models cheat, drink and run around; these are the people in the news. The news sells bad news; no one wants to hear good news. Kids are killing kids. Victims have little protection. Violence is normal. Leaders cheat and lie. Everything is backwards. We need to pray for spiritual intervention. We need to have guidance from the Creator to help us rebuild our families, our communities and ourselves. Today, I will pray for spiritual intervention from the Great Spirit.|
Grandfather, we pray for your help in a pitiful way.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day April 29|
|"The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..."|
|--Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX|
|Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you'll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.|
Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.
Monday, April 28, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day April 28|
|"Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness."|
|--Walking Buffalo, STONEY|
|There are many Indian people who are living according to nature and according to ceremony and culture. They may not have a lot of material things, but that doesn't mean they are not successful. What is success anyway? Can success be measured by material things? What is it we are really chasing anyway? The Elders say that what everyone really wants is to be happy and have a peaceful mind. Material things by themselves do not bring happiness and peace of mind. Only spiritual things bring happiness. When we live a spiritual life we will not have darkness. Instead, we will be happy.|
Great Spirit, today, let me walk the Red Road.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
|Elder's Meditation of the Day April 27|
|"The law is that all life is equal in the Great Creation, and we, the Human Beings, are charged with the responsibility, each in our generation, to work for the continuation of life."|
|--Traditional Circle of Elders|
|Every generation is accountable to leave the environment in healthy order for the next generation. Every generation is accountable to teach the next generation how to live in harmony and to understand the Laws. We need to ask ourselves, "What are we teaching the next generation?". Each individual is directly accountable.|
My Creator, teach me inter-generational responsibility.