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Old 10-18-2005, 06:03 AM   #16
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October 14, 2005

To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.

--Oglala Sioux

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Morning Prayer:

Oh Great Spirit, Creator of all things;
Human Beings, trees, grass, berries.
Help us, be kind to us.
Let us be happy on earth.
Let us lead our children
To a good life and old age.
These our people; give them good minds
To love one another.
Oh Great Spirit,
Be kind to us
Give these people the favor
To see green trees,
Green grass, flowers, and berries
This next spring;
So we all meet again
Oh Great Spirit,
We ask of you.

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THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

When there's thinking to be done a person does well to have a little private retreat.....a place where there's no worry that any minute someone will interrupt. And the very ease of knowing that here is a little time to do nothing but just think.

Except that I must carefully direct those thoughts so never to let them roam to things that serve only to disturb. But where does one find a place these days that affords a time alone?

It doesn't take much room to think. Some have little special places hidden from view.....a hillside maybe.....a sunny spot along a path.....a closet not so large.....a park bench.....or they may even take a drive.

But that place that is always available to us is that place within our own selves. This is the secret place within the heart where desires are stored. And no matter what we do, where we go, thoughts are productive.

Here is where thankfulness is stored.....here is where love is born.....here is where the very life of life is built and rebuilt. This is our retreat when there's thinking to be done.

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October 14 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Contentment happens when our emotions give place to common things that in other times can draw little attention. It is releasing a deep inner peace that heals sadness and lifts a sagging spirit. Contentment is an intensely personal thing, adjusting to different people in its most effective way. It rides a shaft of sunlight to poot on the gray bark of a tree, or it rises from laughter, deep and kind. It is nearly always unexpected and settles as softly as a bird lights on a limb. It is a remarkable fact that we simply let contentment happen. Socrates called it a natural wealth, but most have called it a miracle.

~ Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. ~
CHIEF STANDING BEAR - SIOUX, 1800s

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 14

"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great Silence alone!"
--Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), SANTEE SIOUX

The most important thing we can do during the course of the day is pray in the morning. There is a special time in the morning that has great power. This is the exact time the sun is rising. During the rising of the sun, everything on the Earth is waking up. Animals, plants, birds and humans will be blessed at the rising of the sun. This is a special time to help us prepare for the day. During this time we ask the Creator to bless our day. We ask Him to guide us, to protect us and to give us courage to overcome the day's obstacles. Doing this everyday will give us knowledge of God's will for us.


Grandfather, Grandmother,
guide my path. Let my thinking be guided by You.

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In my opinion, it was chiefly owing to their deep contemplation in their silent retreats in the days of youth that the old Indian orators acquired the habit of carefully arranging their thoughts.

They listened to the warbling of birds and noted the grandeur and the beauties of the forest. The majestic clouds - which appear like mountains of granite floating in the air - the golden tints of a summer evening sky, and all the changes of nature, possessed a mysterious significance.

All this combined to furnish ample matter for reflection to the contemplating youth.

---Francis Assikinack (Blackbird) Ottawa
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October 15, 2005

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

--Cherokee

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Grandfather, Great Spirit,
once more behold me on earth
and lean to hear my feeble voice.
You lived first, and You are older
than all need, older than all prayer...
You are the life of all things

--Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

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THINK ON THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Laughter can lift the saddest heart and mend a broken one. The very sound of it sends a message that life is still worth living and no matter how sensitive we are to pain and grief, something humorous can lighten the load.

Being able to laugh gives us hope and with hope comes grace. Grace is the favor we haven't earned, a gift we cannot hope to equal. It can never be hilarious laughter around us but the inner tender feeling that we know we are going to live, we are going to make it.

Even though we may still hurt we never sink to the same low and we never let grief take over on a continual basis. Remember old joys and look for new ones. When life throws dirt, get a good footing and step up.

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October 15 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Down in the edge of the woods a grapevine swings back and forth in the dappled sunlight. Two squirrels, young ones, spend time swinging on the vine, chasing each other up and down and crossing from tree to tree. Their obvious joy in simply being alive is good to watch. We seldom do anything with great joy. Most of us are animated only when it serves a purpose - not a genuine enthusiasm. We are too full of ifs and oughts to find reasons to rejoice. Sometimes a change can jar us into an awareness of life, and that life is intended to be much simpler than what we make it. Now we are in a season of mellow breezes and a slower pace. If only we can move out of fear and be able to enjoy life minute by minute.

~ Your children wish to refresh your memory. They think you have forgotten the promises made them. ~
CHIEFS AND WARRIORS, OTTAWAN AND CHIPPEWAS

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 15

"All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the possibilities of the present!"
--Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK

There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.


Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.

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"We are called hollow bones for our people and for anyone else we can help, and we are not supposed to seek power for our personal use and honor."

--Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
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I have signed the psrt that I like best today..


October 16, 2005

When a fox walks lame, the old rabbit jumps.
Oklahoma

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Morning Prayer:

Creator, grant me the strength of eagles wings,
the faith and courage to fly to new heights,
and the wisdom to rely on his spirit to carry me there.

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THINK ON THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Someone said we cannot go home again. Yes, we can. If we loved it one time, we love it again. Even when weather and time has changed some of the way it looks, the familiar and the dear is there the same as it always was.

Part of the garden fence still remains, the well, the persimmon trees, and the hill to the east. Part of what made it so special was family that was there in the early days and there when we went back. We saw the creek that seems to have narrowed its banks some and the bridge that we once walked across to get to the creek.

This is Indian land and we Indians went back to walk and remember and grow closer because we had something dear that still lives and will always live.

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October 16 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There is a certain degree of sameness in your life and mine.....a sameness that says no matter how different we are.....we can still identify with each other's daily problems and hopes and aspirations. You may have that basic quality of serenity and quiet confidence.. and I of frivolity and eagerness....but we can still communicate through our basic sameness and through friendship, or o li i, as we Cherokee call it. If there is any greatness to strength in either of us, it will be from the standpoint of our consideration for each other and our understanding of unspoken concerns and the need for support.... for the thread of sameness is from the Great Spirit that touches not only us but all with whom we are in contact....a silent bond that makes us one in courage.

~ Friend and brother: It was the will of the Great Spirit that we should meet together this day. ~
RED JACKET

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 16

"Many religions have been brought to this land. And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to resect all religions. And I still do that."
--Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE

The Creator put on this Earth many different religions which represent different roads to walk to God. All religions are right and good if the path is the path to God. Should we be judging which road is better or worse than the other? When we accept each other's way we can stand in a circle, hold hands and listen to each other as we pray to God. Let us be more accepting of the religions of others.


Great Spirit - God, Grandfather, Grandmother, Lord - let me know peace.

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Freedom is for everyone, whatever lifestyle they choose, as long as it's peaceful and honest.
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Very cool, hiphop. "We do not inherit the earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children." - Native American saying

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Very cool, hiphop. "We do not inherit the earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children." - Native American saying

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I am really enjoying these, Stephan, thanks!
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I am really enjoying these, Stephan, thanks!
I didn´t know you read them too...
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Speak truth in humility to all people.
Only then can you be a true man.

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Grandfather...
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace


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THINK ON THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Our neighbor bought a new car when we were children. We were so excited as we watched it come down the road and turn into the gate. Even though we expected it to be a blue streak, it was not, and the engine sounded unusually high and stressed. He finally told us that he had driven it all the way home in second gear because when he shifted into high it went too fast.

Human nature doesn't always grow up to its dreams. To dream is good, but when it begins to come true we want to slow it down. Not unlike a little boy that jumped off his bunk bed holding a plastic sack for a parachute over his head. His mother told him that she had warned him that it wouldn't work but he answered, "It worked. It just worked faster than I thought it would."

Are we really prepared for success or do our dreams take on more facets than we recognize? Like wrestling a bear, we might get an arm around his neck but what happens after that?

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October 17 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

No one is so destined to lose that he cannot turn the tide - if he wants to change. Overcoming requires us to put our shoulder to the wheel in ways we would not have considered in earlier times. We are greatly influenced by our beliefs about ourselves and whether we are supposed to win or lose. The Great Spirit always wants us to win. It is our indecisiveness that keeps things wavering. There is nothing wrong with winning - and believing we can is a good thing. The question, a dv dv hv s gi, is not of the Spirit-Creator, but of us. Love wraps us around with peace and healing, with eagerness to do great things. But we have to free ourselves to do it.

~ Brothers, you say there is one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one Religion, why do you....differ so much about it? ~
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 17

"Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX

If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still. We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace, we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a moment and ask the Power within ourselves, "How do you want me to handle this? What would you suggest I do in this situation?" By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.


Creator, help me to find peace.

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The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence - not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree, not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool - his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life ..... Silence is the cornerstone of character.

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you know me..hip-hop

myself and prayers/medidations dont go together
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myself and prayers/medidations dont go together
Yep we know anyway you´re such an essentially spiritual person that it doesn´t make a difference whether you meditate or not

you see, I don´t think you need anything to calm you..
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Yep we know anyway you´re such an essentially spiritual person that it doesn´t make a difference whether you meditate or not

you see, I don´t think you need anything to calm you..
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October 18, 2005

With all things and in all things, we are relatives.

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Thank you Great Spirit for my life,
Thank you Great Spirit for my family ,
Thank you Great Spirit for everything
that is given and ungiven,
Thank you Great Spirit for the day.
May you recieve everything you need
and nothing you dont. May you take the
path less traveled, and keep a blues sky
in your mind even if it is not in your eyes.

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THINK ON THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

English writer John Dryden wrote about a person whose imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. He said, "It enabled him to run, though not to soar." The vivid pictures in our minds see us running from more things than running to our good.

We grow tired of those experiences that try our strength -- though often small in comparison to what we imagine. Why do we use our minds to see negative pictures rather than seeing the good that is available? Usually because running downhill is easier than running uphill.

Many of us are afraid we can't ever be happy and successful and we wait and use only what we have. It takes practice to be happy the same as we practice how to be sad. A good imagination that is allowed to build only good things can change the whole picture -- if we support it.

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October 18 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Friends are those who forgive you - they have to if there are goingto be friends. It is there somewhere among all the unwritten laws that a friend is someone you can rely on when there's no word, no kept promise, no outward sign of ali i, which is friendship to the Cherokee. We can forget a friend's birthday - and we can't say that about anyone else. We can tell them our deepest, darkest thoughts and they will take us to lunch. We may mistake them as our keeper - but we never mistake them for someone ordinary. The hardest lesson we have to learn is that everyone is not a friend. Not everyone sees us as a child at times, needing support and comfort. But a friend sees all and says nothing - until the right time. And even then we are forgiven.

~ Waupaypay and I in those days called each other brother-friend. It was a life and death vow; what one does the other must do.... ~
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 18

"But we have to stick by the wisdom of our ancestors..."
--Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD

A long time ago the Elders and our ancestors learned to walk on the Earth and to live in harmony. They were taught the Laws which govern everything, and they were taught traditional values. This wisdom should be made available to the younger generations. We need to speak to the Elders and learn from them. We need to do this so we can pass the knowledge on to our children.


My Creator,
help me learn the wisdom of my ancestors.

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We are thankful for the present from which to learn how to be thankful for the past, and how to be hopeful for the future.

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Blessings and good morning to you!


October 19, 2005

Work awhile, endure awhile, believe always,
and never turn back. The best is yet to come.

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Morning Prayer:

Grandfather, Great Spirit,
once more behold me on earth
and lean to hear my feeble voice.

You have made me cross the good
road and road of difficulties, and
where they cross, the place is holy.
Day in, day out, forevermore, you
are the life of things

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THINK ON THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

As clever as it may seem to secretly malign someone, it will surely backfire. When we want status and respect, we cannot look for someone to blame for everything. We may set a trap for someone else but our foot will get in it every time.

We don't get away with anything meant to be mean. A gloomy cloud hovers above us if we turn malicious. We can't break laws -- written or unwritten -- and get away with it.

If someone does us wrong, we can bless them and walk away. We all have an account that must be settled. We cannot escape what we put into motion by our words and actions because it is our responsibility for good or bad. We pay or get paid for all we do and say, it is as simple as that.

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October 19 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Today may be a turning point. It happens that way - not with flashing lights and fanfare, but quietly. In the past we searched for reasons, for something we could pinpoint as the catalyst for change. We could never decide what it was, though we said many things. Something in us, something about our awareness, gives us reason to suddenly be conscious of new circumstances and new ideas. We are able to think outside the limits of our usual methods. Life, for no apparent reason, begins to fit together as though we found a piece of the puzzle that completes the picture. As turning points go, some are not particularly great to see, but are often hidden in such small, ordinary events as to go undetected. Our part is to be aware of the change and make the most of it while it is at its strongest.

~ The land..... belongs to the first how sits down on his blanket... which he has thrown down on the ground, and till he leaves it, no other has a right. ~
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 19

"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians... The white people never wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn."
--Don Jose Matusuwa, HUICHOL

In the summer of 1994, a white buffalo calf was born. This means that now is the time for all races to come together. The Elders say that at this time a voice from within will speak to everyone. It will say now is the time to forgive, now is the time to come together. Are we willing to do this? Are we willing to quit judging other people? The Elders say, He will be talking through people of all races and gender. We need to open our hearts and welcome our brothers and sisters.


Great Spirit, let my ears be open as I walk the path You have chosen for me.

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Telling our lives is important for those who come after as, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle.
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October 20, 2005

A danger foreseen is half-avoided.

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Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather,
all over the Earth the faces of living things are all alike.
With tenderness have these come up out of the ground.
Look upon these faces of children without number
and with children in their arms
that they may face the winds
and walk the good road to the day of quiet.

--Black Elk (1863-1950)

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THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Why is it that we require so much scientific proof for the most ordinary things these days, when the very fact that we lie down and close our eyes at night is the highest proof that God's world is in order. Though perhaps our personal world may not know such sequence. There comes a time when our human limitations insist that we lay down our questions and accept by faith the only way to survive ourselves.

There are those who say they must have tangible evidence that the world and all its wonders be displayed before their eyes to see in wisdom the way things really are. And yet who said the human eyes could see or ears could hear more than one tiny bit of the wonder. Who could be so bold as to believe their senses were strong enough to know, except through faith.

Who could see with the visible eye the hand that changes the seasons, or hear Job's stars that sang together at dawn. Who set the day at rest and brings the morning in all its newness.

Only so far.....then explanations know no more.....and though we try to disbelieve when all goes wrong, there comes a time when we want no more explanation than that God's world is in order - and we cannot change it.

Surely if someone took our hand and asked us to walk along the world and view the wonders so magnificently displayed....If by some miracle we could see the vastness of it all at once, and still bear up under the beauty of it....

If we can see the rolling rise and fall of the land - the purple, pink, and golden hues of shadows hung along the mountain sides....If our ears could hear the music of the rippling streams, the rushing waters, the graceful falls.

If by some mere chance we could sense the ebb and flow, the push and relaxing of the tides, the rise and set of the sun, the glittering stars and soft-faced moon that ignores the fact that other worlds encircle ours.....

And as the seasons sprinkle rain and flowers, golden leaves and snowfall.....On this continuous circle.....always new.....always beautiful.....

If we can see al this, how then, can we doubt that the earth that God created and saw as good is good. This is our land, and only our own forgetfulness of its source can make it different.

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October 20 -Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Every person's privilege is to stand on tiptoe and take a look over the edge. What is the edge? A place where fear lurks and no one dares to get too close. Many a dream has taken us up to the edge and with quaking knees to look over the immense distance between what could be and what is reality. Most people end it right there and refuse to be scared any longer. Change is here. We can fall over the edge or we can believe in something greater than the tangible. Let go of the weak and impossible and stand in the Light that never goes out.

~ Let him be just and deal kindly with my people. ~
DEATTLE - DWAMISH CHIEF

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 20

"As Elders, it is our place to show respect to our young people in order to gain respect."
--Grace Azak, NISGA'A

The attitude of our leaders will be the attitude of the people. The attitude of the parents will be the attitude of the children. If respect is shown from above, respect will be developed below. If the Elders show respect, the younger people will be respectful. As above, so below. This happens because of interconnectedness. The heart of the Elders is connected to the heart of the youth.


Great Spirit, in the fall season let me respect both the Elders and the youth.

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with other nations, the coyote nation, the eagle and bear.
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October 21, 2005

Sit in the limelight of your own
spirit and see what is good, see
what makes you happy. Steal away
the negative power and make it your
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Morning Prayer:

Creator , Thank you for another day
of life and all that you have given me,
thank you for the opportunity to know
you and to serve you and our people .
Continue to make me a responsible
person and to add to the good things
in life that you have given us .

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THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There is an old Arabian proverb that if you pitch a lucky man in the Nile he will come up with a fish in his mouth. Just to come up would be enough for most of us, but still we do so many things - perhaps half in jest - that we have hopes will throw off the evil spirits and bring good luck to the rescue.

The tokens we carry we've carried from childhood, when we were careful never to step on a crack in the walk, or pick up a pin - the silly poems that fascinate children, and sometimes follow them into adulthood when the laughter is gone.

Who are the wise? Those who can rise with the sun letting yesterday go.....and feel within their hearts the gratitude of being alive.....to have the opportunity to glean from their mistakes something that will take them far over that place if ever they pass it again. They know that luck must have a "P" before it to keep them from waiting, to help them turn up something rather than waiting for something to turn up.

And yes, they are lucky who have love to give and the ability to receive it. They have faith in good. And no small amount of peace when they think not how lucky they are, but how blessed!

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October 21 - Cherokee Feast of Days
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Don't condemn yourself. Who of us have not made mistakes? No one is perfect, but we are too quick to call ourselves stupid. We have condemned ourselves for eating - even though that is what we have to do. It's just that we eat because it is convenient, we see it, we eat it. If we can get it without having to cook it - all the better. And all the worse - because it doesn't have in it the nutrients we need and it is gone too quickly and we are not satisfied. Laziness has overtaken our good sense. We let ourselves fall into making it easy on ourselves - and in turn we open the door to making it hard. It is a matter of choices, but not solved by self-criticism.

~ The ground says, "The Great Spirit has placed me here to produce all the grows on me, trees and fruit. ~
YOUNG CHIEF - CAYUSE

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 21

"There is one God looking down on us all. We are children of the one God. God is listening to me. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we now say."
--Geronimo, APACHE

The Old Ones before us knew things. Many of them were so spiritual that the Creator told them things through visions, ceremonies and prayer. The Creator taught them about interconnectedness, balance and respect. The Old Ones experienced these things and told us we are all children of the same God. We all live under the same natural laws. Every human being, every animal, every plant, every insect, every bird, we are all the same in the eyes of God.


Great Mystery,
teach me to respect all the things You have created.

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Native Wisdom:

Our people don't come in parts. Either you are Indian, or you are not.

--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
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