Saturday, June 14, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 14

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 14
"The basis of knowledge is the fire, rock, water, and green. But when that power was given to man, he used it to twist his own mind. Tunkashila gave man just one drop of that wisdom."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
All of Nature has the wisdom to follow the Natural Laws. All of Nature knows how to live in harmony and use this wisdom in a good way, with exception of the human being. Often we misuse this wisdom. Wisdom always remains with those who use it in the proper way. Nature has used this wisdom well, so now we need to go to Her so we humans can relearn and change our lives. May we start doing this today, before it is too late.
Creator, let me be open to the lessons that Nature can teach me.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 13

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 13
"We have an old saying, Everything living must die. Only the rocks and mountains are forever."
--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Creator designed all life to happen in a circle. For example, the cycle of life for the human being is Baby, Youth, Adult, Elder, then we die. The trees and the leaves happen in a circle; the leaves bud, then the leaves mature, next the leaves change color, and at last they fall off the tree to return to the Mother Earth. The birds bear their young, raise their young, then they die. The salmon are born, swim to the ocean, live their lives, swim back to the spawning grounds, then die. All aspects of the Life Cycle should be honored.
Great Spirit, today, let me enjoy today.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 12

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 12
"The faces of our future generations are looking up to us from the earth and we step with great care not to disturb our grandchildren."
--Traditional Circle of Elders
The leaves, when they are finished with their life on the trees, will return to the Earth. The leaves that return to the Earth are the future trees. So inside the Mother Earth are the future forests. The human, when finished with its life on the Earth, will return to the Earth. So in the Earth are our future grandchildren. Knowing this, we should be respectful of the place where our future generations live. Only take from the Earth what you need. Every time you pick a plant or Medicine, leave an offering and leave a prayer. Be respectful and walk in a sacred way.
Great Spirit, teach me to respect the place of future generations.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 11

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 11
"Behold, my bothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!"
--Sitting Bull, SIOUX
Spring is the season of love. Spring is the season of new life, new relationships. It is the springtime that really reacts to the new position of Father Sun. New life forms all over the planet. Life is abundant. New cycles are created. Mother Earth changes colors, the flowers are abundant. It is the time for humans to observe nature and let nature create within us the feeling of Spring. We should let ourselves renew. We should let go of the feeling of Winter. We should be joyful and energetic.
My Maker, let me, today, feel the feelings of Spring.

June 11, 2014 Journal

It's challenging enough to recuperate from a stress fracture right below my left knee, this time of year. But it's only been 2 mornings without Red to feed and I miss him so much. Without Red, my mornings are just not the same. Not seeing him in the corral, trying to convince me that he's starving or watching Syenna play with the Jolly ball while Red eats..... This is not what I had planned for Summer......... Even Myschief and Syenna are wondering what the deal is. Syenna keeps coming in with her toys, trying to get me to play. She looks at me with that face!! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oregon, Down stream of Koosah Falls

California Chrome

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 10

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 10
"Each day, whatever I am doing, I am always praying and thinking of God."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Have you ever tried going through your day and carrying on a conversation with the Creator? Many of our Elders live in prayer. They talk to the Creator like the Creator is their best friend. It is easiest to do this if we pray in the morning and ask the Great Spirit to direct our thinking. When the Creator is involved in guiding our lives, we will have less stress, anxiety, and tension. Maybe this is something we would like to try today. "Oh, Creator, look at the Sun, how beautiful you have made it. Oh, look at this child, isn't she just beautiful! Well, Creator, I'm not sure how I should do this task, what do you think? This person is starting to irritate me; I need your help to redirect my thinking. Thanks for returning me to a peaceful mind." Remember, the Creator also has a sense of humor.
Grandfather, Grandmother, let me walk in prayer.

Monday, June 9, 2014

We must set our Hearts Right

Diana Volk Photography

Sweet Grass

My beloved child, I freely offer my hair for you. 

I offer my hair in mourning for you.

I mourn that as you journeyed through life, you experienced pain.

I offer my hair so that you can burn it for cleansing.

Let your sacred voice rise up in prayer, as the smoke of my hair embraces you.

Pray that you enter the next moments purified in thought and emotions.

My beloved; let the purity that surrounds you, direct your actions.

My dearest one, braid my hair to remind you of the strength you possess.

The strength of your body, mind and spirit.

Let my braid remind you of your resiliency.

You are a survivor.

I freely offer my hair as a sacrifice for your healing.

My only request is that you walk on me in a sacred way.

I ask this so that I can be here to offer my hair to all the generations yet to come.

I love you,
Mother Earth.

All my Relations! (ejh)

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 9

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 9
Every part of this country is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed by some fond memory or some sad experience of my tribe. Even the rocks, which seem to lie dumb as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore in solemn grandeur, thrill with memories of past events connected with the fate of my people.
---Chief Seattle, SUQUAMISH
Native people say the Earth is sacred. Some places on Earth will feel more sacred than others. You can often feel the sacredness of these places because of what has happened on them. If you do a ceremony on a certain place and return later, whatever happened before will still be there to help you. Even if someone you didn't know did something on the Earth and you come along later, the powers will be there to help you. This is why the Earth is sacred and these special places are sacred spots.
My Creator, let the powers of the sacred places help the people today.