This week leads us up to Indigenous People's day. It seems like a good time to spend some moments – or a lot of moments – contemplating lessons that the First People ancestors can teach us. Lessons that are for calming our spirits, for carrying us through hard paths.
Here are a few that I share with you:
Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other. (Ojibway Prayer)
Now Talking God, with your feet I walk. I walk with your limbs. I carry forth your body. For me your mind thinks, your voice speaks for me. Beauty is before me, and beauty is behind me. Above and below me hovers the beautiful. I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it. In my youth I am aware of it and in old age I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail. (Native American Prayer, anonymous)
And these words, attributed to Seattle: “My people resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain...”
Take some time to calm your mind, your heart. Be thankful for those who have walked treacherous paths before, and left words of blessing to us.
Until we meet again... Jeannie