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 April 30, 2011 4:28 AM

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.

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 April 29, 2011 9:13 AM

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.

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 April 27, 2011 11:20 PM

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.

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 April 27, 2011 4:12 AM

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.

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 April 26, 2011 4:17 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 26

"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth. If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA 

What do we do with temptations when they come? What do we do when we hear gossip? What do we do when we hear bad things? If we hear these things and pass them on we will not only hurt the other person, but we will do harm to ourselves. We must be careful not to hurt others. Whatever we sow we will simultaneously reap for ourselves. We must be accountable for our own actions. 

Great Spirit, today, let no words come from my lips that would hurt another.

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 April 24, 2011 6:07 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 24

"Each person's prayers can help everyone."  --Thomas Yellowtail, CROW 

Prayer is our entrance into the Unseen World. It is by prayer we can call upon the powers and laws of the Great Spirit. The Spirit World has powers and laws that are different from the Physical World. The spiritual laws allow healing to take place; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it's hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World. 

Creator, teach me to pray.

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 April 23, 2011 3:56 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 23

"The real meaning of life is your family, the love that you have, the respect, the traditional ways, and carrying on with them." --Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN

The family is the seed of the future. The family is the key to the transfer of cultural information. We should really take a look at how we are looking at our families. Are we treating each family member with respect? Are we passing on the traditional ways? Are we teaching the old songs? Are we participating in the ceremonies? Are we showing the family members how to pray? Are we encouraging each family member to be spiritual? Think about these things today.

My Creator, today, let me show respect to each family member.

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 April 22, 2011 7:19 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 22
 
"Each creature has a medicine, so there are many medicines. Because they are so close to the Creator, they are to communicate that medicine. Then they bring help and health." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA 

The Elders say everything has a purpose and everything has a will. We should never interfere with purpose or the will of everything. Every plant, creature, animal, insect, and human being has a purpose to be here on the Earth. Each has a special medicine to contribute for the good of all things. Each person also has good medicine, a special talent, a special gift. These medicines are to help others or to help make us healthy. What is your special medicine? 

Creator, today, help me discover and use my medicine to serve a greater good.

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 April 21, 2011 4:16 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 21

"Conciliation is the key to survival. Peace is the goal."--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders 

When we make decisions or experience conflict we need to look at the greater whole. The end result we want to accomplish is peace of mind. If we keep this goal in mind, we will, overall, live a happy and fulfilling life. Everything in the world is constantly changing so we should not resist this change. A good question to ask ourselves is, "would I rather be right or happy?". If we would rather be happy, then it is easier to let the little things go. If we would rather be right, we tend to look for the WIN/LOSE. 

Great Spirit, today, give me the tools to seek peace of mind.

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 April 20, 2011 4:16 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 20

"You must be prepared and know the reason why you dance."--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW 

Inside every human being is a need to dance. We dance to music. Have you even wondered why people are moved when they hear an Indian Drum? The drum is the heartbeat of the Mother Earth. Every Indian dance is for a purpose and a reason. Every Song is for a reason. The beat of the drum makes our bodies, minds, and spirits join together in harmony. It allows us to connect to Mother Earth and to each other. The dance aligns our minds to think spiritual thoughts. Dancing to the drum is healthy. 

Great Spirit, today, I dance to honor you.

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 April 19, 2011 5:54 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 19

"We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different."--John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA 

We all come from one Great Spirit but we are all different and unique. Nothing in the Great Creation has a twin that is identical. Even children that are twins are different. Every single person is extremely special and unique. Each person has a purpose and reason why they are on the Earth. Just like every leaf on a tree is different, each one is needed to make the tree look like it does. No leaf is better or worse than the other : all leaves are of equal worth and belong on the tree. It is the same with human beings. We each belong here and do things that will affect the great whole. 

Great Spirit, today, let me see myself as a valuable contributor to the whole.

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 April 18, 2011 4:05 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 18

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

We really need to take a look at how Indian People are talking about Indian People. We say there are Rez Indians, Traditional Indians, Urban Indians and Breeds. This type of thinking will keep us separated. An Indian is an Indian, a brother is a brother, a sister is a sister. We are all related. Today, let us respect ourselves and our people. Today, let me realize Indians are Indians. 

Great Spirit, let me see the Unity of the People. Indians are Indians.

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 April 17, 2011 5:16 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 17

"Women know more about love than men do...Love is taking. Love is sharing. Love is learning things about each other." --Mary Leitka, HOH
 
The Elders say Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. The Women know about bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other. 

Grandmother, teach me to love with the power of the Woman.

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 April 16, 2011 5:53 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 16

"But one should pray in one's heart during a sacred ceremony; this is the purpose of the ceremony, to purify the participants both inside and outside."--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
 
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. You may feel sorrow, you may feel joy, you may want to cry, depending on what you are praying for. During the ceremony, the cleansing will take place. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. The prayer controls the emotional, mental and physical. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen. 

Great Spirit, create in me a clean heart.

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 April 15, 2011 5:09 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 15

"When people live far from the scenes of the Great Spirit's making, it's easy for them to forget his laws." --Walking Buffalo, STONEY 

Society today is way off track. Unfortunately, many Indian people are caught up in these modern times. The Elders are telling us we must wake up! We must come back to the culture because this is where His laws are. If we don't follow these laws, we will be unhappy. We cannot do things just because everybody is doing them. This does not make it right. We must follow what the Great Spirit says we must do. We need to pray hard for the courage to come back and live according to the culture. It will be difficult at first but worth it in the end. We must teach our children the culture. 

Great Spirit, today, let me listen to the warnings of the Elders.

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 April 14, 2011 3:11 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 14

"The base of all things is love and respect."--Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
 
The greatest weapon of any Spiritual Warrior is love. Love will change minds; love will forgive; love will let go; love will cause good luck; love will heal; love will cry; love will get rid of resentments; love will overcome fear. Love loves love. Any human who is loving will be guaranteed respect. Respect loves love. We need to love and respect ourselves. 

Grandmother, Grandfather, today, lead me on the path of love.

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 April 12, 2011 8:09 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 12

"Dissimilar things were fitted together to make something beautiful and whole."--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
 
Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly; but then we drop back and look at it as a whole and it is beautiful. If we look at an insect close up, it may be ugly, but if we drop back and look at the whole insect it becomes beautiful. We can drop back even more and observe what its role and purpose is, and the insect becomes even more beautiful and whole. How are we looking at ourselves? Are we focused on something ugly about ourselves, or are we dropping back and looking at ourselves as a whole? We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful. 

Grandfather, today, let me see the beauty of the whole.

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 April 11, 2011 5:40 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 11

"Spiritual matters are difficult to explain because you must live with them in order to fully understand them."--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
 
To know something we must become one with it. We cannot know what a flower smells like until we actually smell it. Close your eyes and experience the fragrance. The Elders say there are two worlds, the Seen World and the Unseen World. To experience the Seen World we need to physically pick the flower and smell it. To experience the Unseen World we need to know about principles, laws and values; and no matter what our mind or our physical senses tell us, we must decide and act on these principles. If someone does wrong to us, we must pray for that person or persons to have peace, happiness and joy in their life. We must not get even or retaliate in any way. Only by doing this can we understand spiritual matters. 

Great Spirit, give me your power whenever my weakness shows so I can live by spiritual decisions.

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 April 10, 2011 4:44 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 10

"Together we can end the Holocaust against the environment."--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
 
We are all familiar with the Holocaust against the people. When this happens we feel bad and we vow never to let it happen again. We need to seriously examine what human beings are doing to the Earth and the environment. Many species are extinct and many more will become extinct during the next 10 years. We are methodically eliminating life that will never return again. Today, we should take time to pray real hard so we wake up before it is too late. 

Great Spirit, today, I pray for us to awaken to what we are doing.

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 April 09, 2011 6:14 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 9

"Everything really is equal. The Creator doesn't look at me any better than He looks at the trees. We're all the same."  --Janice Sundown Hattet, SENECA
 
Sometimes humans think we are the center of the Universe. Sometimes we think we are above or better than other people or things. The Great Spirit made a set of Laws and Principles by which all things should live. Everybody and everything lives by the same Laws. We are all made of atoms just like the trees. The life force in the middle of the atom is the life force of the Great Mystery. It is the same for everything. We are all equal in the eyes of the Creator. 

Great Spirit, today, I will respect your handiwork

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 April 08, 2011 6:18 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 8

"The very dust under your feet responds more lovingly to our footsteps than to yours, because it is the ashes of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch, for the soil is rich with the life of our kindred." --Chief Seattle, SUQUAMISH 

If you respect something, it will respect you back. If your ancestors respected something, the future generations will be respected back. The Indian ancestors always showed great respect for the Earth. That's why the Earth is so respectful to Indians today. Every Indian naturally feels connectedness to the Earth. We know the Earth holds our ancestors. If we continue to respect Mother Earth, our children will benefit and so will our grand- children. Today, we should think about and pray for our Mother Earth. 

Grandmother, let me have strong feelings for our Earth today.

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 April 07, 2011 5:40 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 7

"Women. They have the power of generations. Women have the power to have children and not to have children." --Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK 

The Woman is not only the key to life; she is also the key to future generations. An Elder once joked that the Woman only needs the man for one night. We need to look at and respect the power of the Woman. She is special and we need to treat her that way. 

Great Spirit, today, let me show the greatest respect to our Women.

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 April 06, 2011 8:46 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 6

"Everybody should pray together, cheer along, root along. That brings the circle together. Everything is together." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA 

Life on the Earth can sometimes be very complicated. Sometimes we think we are alone in our problems. Sometime we even withdraw. Then the problems become even more difficult. We need to watch out for one another, to care for one another, to pray together, to encourage one another; and we need to support one another. Behaving in this manner will bring the circle together. 

Great Spirit, today, let me support my brothers and sisters.

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 April 05, 2011 6:24 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 5

"As we plunge ahead to build empires and race for supremacy we should stop and listen to the [female] song of life. For without the female there is no life."--Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders 

Women are created with the ability to produce life. Women have a special tie to the Earth Mother. They have something in common. They are the source of life. The Earth Mother gives songs to the Woman to sing. These songs are about life, about beauty, about children, about love, about family, about strength, about caring, about nurturing, about forgiveness, about God. The World needs to pay attention and listen to Her. She knows. 

Great Spirit, let me listen to Her songs.

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 April 04, 2011 6:02 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 4

"You can pray for whatever you want, but it is always best to pray for others, not for yourself." --John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
 
When you are selfish and you pray, you are requesting things to flow only to you. When you are selfless, you are praying for things to flow to others. The old ones say this is the highest form of prayer. Praying this way is according to the Natural Laws. 

Great Spirit, today, let my thoughts be about others. 

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 April 03, 2011 3:27 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 3

"We know that in all creation, only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way."--OJIBWA Prayer 

How have we gotten so far off track? What has happened to us? What is happening to our family? How did it happen so quickly? Every individual needs to answer these questions for themselves. What do we need to do to start living the Sacred Way again? Pray! Today I will start praying. I pray the Creator will lead all Native People to a great healing. I pray we'll be free from alcohol and drugs. I pray we will return to the culture, to spirituality and to unity. 

My Mother, help us to heal ourselves. Make us strong again.

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 April 02, 2011 11:09 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 2

"With children we always have to think about seven generations to come but yet unborn."--Janice Sundown Hattet, SENECA 

What we do today will effect the children seven generations form now. How we treat the Mother Earth will affect the children yet to be born. If we poison the water today, our children's children will be affected by the decision we made. Our children are the gateway to the future. Let us conscientiously think about the children and the seven generations to come. 

My Creator, I thank you for my ancestors, seven generations ago.

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Daily Meditations: April, 2011 April 01, 2011 7:21 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 1

"People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are mistaken."  
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW 

An Elder once said the most important thing you can do in the course of a day is to pray. If we get up late or oversleep, which is more important? Rush to work without praying or pray first and then go to work? The Elders say it's more important to pray. If we get angry, should we act on our anger or should we pray first? The Elders say it's more important to pray first. If, during the day, we face indecision, what should we do? PRAY. If, during the day, we become irritated or we experience fear, what should we do first? PRAY. The Warrior who prays first will lead a different life from those who pray last. 

Great Spirit, teach me to pray first!

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