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 October 05, 2009 9:16 AM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day October 5

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"The dances are prayers."

--Pop Chalee, TAOS PUEBLO When we dance to the drum we pray to the Creator and attract the heartbeat of the earth. We never dance without reason; every dance has a purpose. We dance for rain; we dance for healing; we dance for seasons; we dance for joy; we dance for our children; we dance for the people; we dance for courage. The drum plays to the beat of the heart, to the beat of the Earth. The drum connects us to the Earth while we dance our prayers.    [ send green star]
 
 September 22, 2009 9:10 AM

     Elder's Meditation of the Day September 22

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"I think the spiritual values come first and everything else follows."

--Leonard George, Chief Councilor

To properly develop, the human being needs to learn the guiding principles. It is from these principles that we make our decisions. Spiritual values are the guiding principles given to us by the Great Spirit. He says if we live by these spiritual values, the results we experience will be good. These spiritual values will develop and guide the human being by helping us to think right. Right thinking will improve our choices and decisions. Doing this will bring good consequences.

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 September 21, 2009 8:22 AM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day September 21

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"everything is laid out for you. Your path is straight ahead of you. Sometimes it's invisible but it's there. You may not know where it's going, but still you have to follow that path. It's the path to the Creator. That's the only path there is."

--Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA Everything on the earth has a purpose and a reason for its existence. Every human being is a warrior and every warrior has a song written in his/her heart and that song must be sung or the soul forever remains restless. This song is always about serving the Great Spirit and helping the people. This song is always sung for the people. Many times I need to learn much about the difficulties of life. I need to know this, so I must experience it. Then I can be of use to the people. Because I am experiencing difficulty does not mean I have left the path or that I have done something wrong. It means I'm doing the will of the Great Spirit during these times of testing. I need to pray constantly to keep a good attitude.

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 August 30, 2009 12:14 PM

                                Elder's Meditation of the Day August 30

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"I started drinking more seriously, seeking refuge, seeking death actually, from a world that was feeling more and more unnatural to me. Following a painful accident related to drinking, I finally realized that I must decide whether I want to follow my grandparents or truly take up this life. Circumstances that followed led me to choose life."

--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

 My life is run by choices and decisions. Every choice I make today will carry with it the consequences of that choice. Every decision I make today will carry with it the consequences of that decision. The question I will ask myself today is, "Do I want to be happy or do I want to be right?" Which ever one I choose will have a lot to do with the consequences I will experience today. If today was the last day of my life, what choices and what decisions would I make?

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 August 29, 2009 4:12 PM

                          Elders Meditation 29 August 2009

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The devastated earth, the air, water, the extinct species of mankind, animalkind, and plantkind, the drugs, suicides, family separations - these are all the result of false ceremonies."

--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

All life is a ceremony. Every act is a ceremony creating a result in our lives. Every ceremony we do always brings results to our lives. If we do bad medicine to others, we do bad medicine to ourselves. If we keep on doing bad ceremonies, we will eventually destroy ourselves. Any time we live our lives out of harmony, we are doing bad ceremonies. Any time we treat anything with disrespect whether it is another human being or a plant or an animal, we are performing bad ceremonies. These ceremonies not only have an effect on ourselves but will simultaneously affect everything. We need to use our power well, only do good ceremonies.

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 August 24, 2009 9:42 AM

                 Elder's Meditation of the Day August 24

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"The mind's eye changes the way we judge things."

--Fools Crow, LAKOTA "

What you see is what you get." Our head has inside it a movie projector that projects out from our foreheads and shines on a screen a picture of our true thoughts. This is our reality. We can only see what we project (our beliefs). If we believe someone is a jerk, every time we see them we reflect our beliefs about what we think about that person and that is all we can see. Even if someone tells us this person is a kind, loving, caring, intelligent individual, we wouldn't be able to see it. If we change our belief about them, that person will change and so will our judgment about that person.

My Creator, let me realize the power of choice. Let me see the advantages of changing my beliefs. Today, if I am judging my brother, let me change my beliefs to acceptance. If my thoughts are of anger, let me change them to love. Let my eyes only see you in everything and every person

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 August 19, 2009 9:20 AM

                    Elder's Meditation of the Day August 19

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"If we keep everything in balance, we are in harmony with ourselves and are at peace."

--Fools Crow, LAKOTA

As within, as without, our present thought determines our future. If we want peace outside ourselves, we must first have peace inside ourselves. It's not what is going on but how we are looking at what is going on. We need to keep ourselves in balance. We must be careful to not get too hungry, angry, lonely. or tired. We must know the times - time to work, time to rest, time to play, time to sleep, time to pray, time to lighten up, time to laugh, time to eat, time to exercise. There is a saying "The honor of one is the honor of all." This means when we work with all, we need to also work on one. We need to take care of ourselves. You cannot give away what you don't have.

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 August 18, 2009 9:57 AM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day August 18

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"You have to have confidence in your own ability to be able to go it alone, to go against what the rest of the culture is doing."

--Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

God, this is hard. Today, allow me to be a Warrior. Let me be strong. Let Your voice be clear to me. Let me hear Your guidance. My goal today is to serve You, to develop myself to be the kind of Indian person that You would have me be. To Walk the Red Road must sometimes be walked alone.

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 August 15, 2009 12:46 PM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day August 15

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"There are many people who could claim and learn from their Indian ancestry, but because of the fear their parents and grandparents knew, because of past and present prejudice against Indian people, that part of their heritage is clouded or denied."

--Joseph Bruchac, ABENAKI

There were many injustices done to Native people. Sometimes I wonder; why am I connected to the past injustices done to Indian people? Why am I so angry about the past? The Elders say our ancestors are alive within each of us. Therefore, I may experience anger and resentment inside of me because of the injustice done to them. The way I get rid of these past feelings is to forgive. It may be necessary to even learn to forgive the unforgivable.

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 August 14, 2009 8:01 AM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day August 14

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"It's time Indians tell the world what we know... about nature and about God. So I'm going to tell you what I know and who I am. You guys better listen. You have a lot to learn.

--Mathew King, LAKOTA

A long time ago the Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the Red People - "You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth. Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You Red People will see the secrets of nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today."

Oh Great Spirit, today I am ready for You to use me as a channel of Your peace. Let my walk today be visible so the people will say "There goes a Man of God." I want to know what He knows. If they ask, I will tell them to go out into the wilderness and pray for You to guide them.

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 August 13, 2009 8:23 PM

      Elder's Meditation of the Day - August 13

"A bit of sunshine, a drop of rain, a puff of life from the Great Spirit as He gently breathed upon that spot, created the Native Americans. They were well formed and agile, copper colored and proud.

 --Harriet Starleaf Gumbs, SHINNECOCK

We are made in the image of the Great Spirit. A long time ago He breathed life into our ancestors. He made the Indian strong. He created a Warrior. Our ancestors created more warriors. We have been tested throughout the seasons and we are still here, stronger than ever. It is good to be Indian. We are proud of ourselves and our ancestors. Mostly we are proud the Great Spirit has never forsaken us, and continues to guide us.

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 August 09, 2009 1:46 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day August 9

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"Praying to seek a vision, to seek truth is always right. Truth builds upon itself - as the true mark of a warrior who conducts himself/herself accordingly - so that its beauty may shine in the faces of our children."

--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

We move toward and become like that which we think about. What we think about creates our vision. If our thoughts are wise and good, then our vision becomes strong and truthful. If our thoughts are junk, then our vision becomes contaminated. It's important to be aware of what we are thinking about. As I live my vision, my children watch and live their lives the same way. We need to live the walk of the Warrior. We need to walk in beauty and respect.

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 August 07, 2009 4:07 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 7

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"Everything I know I learned by listening and watching."

--Vernon Cooper, LUMBEE

Sometimes my mind is talking so fast about so many different things that I can't slow it down. All day long I am judging and making assumptions about everything.

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 August 06, 2009 6:41 AM

   Elder's Meditation of the Day - August 5
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It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle."
Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
The Grandfathers have taught us about sacrifice. We have been taught to pray for the people in a pitiful way. Struggle and conflict is neither good nor bad, it just is. Everything that grows experiences conflict. When the deer is born it is through conflict. When the seed first grows, it is through conflict. Conflict precedes clarity. Everything has the seasons of growth. Recognize - acknowledge - forgive and change. All of these things are done through conflict.
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 August 04, 2009 3:37 PM

        Elder's Meditation of the Day August 4

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

--Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW

How important it is for us to support one another? How important it is for us to know our culture and to share our experiences with one another? How powerful it is to be authentic? How important it is to hold no secrets? I am as sick as my secrets.

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 August 03, 2009 5:34 PM

                       Elder's Meditation of the Day August 3


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"Always remember you are Indian - do things to make your people proud."

--Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE

All our choices and decisions will reflect on our people. We need to assume the accountability of honoring people. We must remember to conduct ourselves in a sacred way. Sometimes this is hard. But we must remember we have the assistance of the Spirit World, and we have the principles and values by which we should live, written in our hearts. The Creator will help us develop into a strong people if we just learn to depend upon Him.

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 August 02, 2009 9:11 AM

                              Elder's Meditation of the Day August 2

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"When you get older and you are ready, your ancestors will show up to guide you."

--Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE

Many of us, when we are young, spend a portion of our lives in learning. Unfortunately, some of us spend this time learning the hard way. When we are young we sometimes think we know everything. Sometimes we do foolish things. As we get a little older, we realize we don't know anything. This is when we become teachable. There is a saying that goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. We usually aren't teachable unless we are ready. The ancestors are waiting and willing to help. When we are ready, many beautiful teachers start to come into our lives. Then we really start to grow and mature. We are ready for the spiritual lesson.

Creator, help me to become ready and teachable

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 August 01, 2009 8:34 AM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day August 1
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"Everyone has to find the right path. You can't see it so it's hard to find. No one can show you. Each person has to find the path by himself."

 --Charlie Knight, UTE

There are certain times in our lives when a voice whispers to us. The voice doesn't always talk. Usually we hear it best when we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Inside every person is the knowledge that a Supreme Being exists. Sometimes a restlessness occurs and it makes me feel I need to be doing something or I need to be going somewhere or maybe I start wondering who am I? Often when this happens, I feel lost. Inside of everyone is the natural, built-in desire to be walking the Red Road, or to be seeking a relationship with the Creator. No one can force us to make this journey. We must make this journey because we want to. This journey is not on the outside. The path is inside of ourselves. It is inside that we must begin our search.

Oh Great Spirit, help me this day to look within myself. If trouble arises, let me realize that it's not what is going on but how I am looking at what is going on. Give me Your power this day to conduct myself according to Your way of life

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 July 30, 2009 6:46 PM

                        Elder's Meditation of the Day July 30

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 "You want to know who's a real medicine man? He's the one who doesn't say 'I'm a medicine man.' He doesn't ask you to come to him. You've got to go and ask him. And you'll find he's always there among his own people."

--Louis Farmer, ONONDAGA

The Medicine Man is a role model of what it is like to live in harmony and balance with the Creator. It takes a long time, a lot of sacrifice and discipline to become a Medicine Man. A Medicine Man is humble and never crass about anything. He knows he lives to do the will of the Great Spirit. He knows he is to help the people. He lives very low key - the more low key he lives, the more people seek him out - and such is life. The more one serves the people and is quiet about it, the more he is sought out. The quieter he is, the more powerful is his medicine.

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 July 27, 2009 12:13 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day July 27

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"Let us put our minds together as one."

--Irving Powless, Sr., ONONDAGA

If we sat in a circle and put an object in the center of the circle and we all described what we saw, everyone would see different points of view from each other. Some would even see opposites because they would be sitting on opposite sides of the circle. In other words, you don't have to see what I see for you to be right. In fact, everyone in the circle is right based on their own point of view. If we are willing to listen to everyone's point of view, then we can get a more accurate description of the object in the center. This is one way to put our minds together. When we get the clarity from each other, we should give thanks and be grateful to each other.

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 July 25, 2009 4:01 PM

                    Elder's Meditation of the Day July 25

"People need to wake up. They can't hear God's voice if they're asleep."

 --Vernon Cooper, LUMBEE

Black Elk, a Sioux, talks about the hoop of many hoops. He says that above the people is a hoop, a conscience, the total belief of the people. If the hoop is sick, meaning dysfunctional, co-dependent, a lot of alcoholism, family abuse, violence, racism and sexual abuse, the people can get used to this and think this is normal. In other words, the people are asleep. If we have left the spiritual way of life, the people are asleep. If we are giving our power to another entity, the people are asleep. In most tribes, there are Coyote Clans. The job of the Coyote Clan people is to wake the people up. They need to become a nuisance and irritate the people. We must return to the spiritual walk.

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 July 23, 2009 9:28 AM

                        Elders Meditation of the Day July 23

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...the greatest strength is in gentleness."

--Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA

Our Elders have taught us many lessons about becoming a Warrior and how to think and act like one. We have been told about the power of gentleness. We have been told about the power of the stillness. Physical power is about effort. Mental power is the opposite. It's about being effortless or less any effort. Gentleness is one of the greatest attributes of the Warrior and one of the greatest mental powers. It takes a lot of love to be gentle. Gentleness is not an ego word. Gentleness is the weapon of the Great Spirit.

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 July 17, 2009 10:57 AM

                             Elder's Meditation of the Day July 17

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"My friends, how desperately do we need to be loved and to love."

--Chief Dan George, SKOKOMISH

Oh my great Creator: Help me this day to love myself. I can't give away anything that I don't have myself. If I am to love others, then I must love myself. If I am to forgive others, then I am to forgive myself. If I am to accept others as they are, then I need to accept myself as I am. If I am to not judge others, then I need to lighten up on myself. Let me experience this power of love.

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 July 13, 2009 2:25 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day July 13

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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

Great Spirit - Sometimes I don't feel like praying. Sometimes when I have done something wrong, I'm ashamed to come to You. Even though You have always been there for me, I sometimes choose to stay away. It's hard for me to understand what all knowing is. Sometimes it's hard for me to see how much You really care. But I know if I take a few minutes and think about what I know to be true about You, the things change and I am able to realize Your power and Your love. Today, I'll start by thinking of You. I'll think about all the times You have helped and guided me in the past. You are life, You are love, You are power, You are desire, You are truth, You are principle, You are intelligence, You are courage. With You I am everything; without You I am nothing.

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 July 11, 2009 7:26 AM

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"Do not grieve. Misfortunes will happen to the wisest and best of men. Death will come, always out of season. It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations and people must obey. What is past and what cannot be prevented should not be grieved for..."

--Big Elk, OMAHA Chief

Our earth continues to grow by cycles and seasons: The cycles of growth - spring, summer, fall, winter. The cycles of the human being - baby, youth, adult, elder. It is through these cycles that we will experience the changes. I will not always necessarily agree with these changes, but I need to trust the Grandfathers are in charge. Things will come and things will go. Really, I own nothing, the Creator owns all. Too often I label things as mine. I say this belongs to me, but it really belongs to the Creator. He gives me things to take care of. I need to do the best I can with what I have, with what I know at the time. And when the Creator changes things, I need to let go for His planning is the best.

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 July 09, 2009 7:24 PM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day July 9

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"We have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That's what I mean when I say, 'Teach the children.'"

--Eddie Benton-Banai, OJIBWAY

It is only by knowing ourselves that we can get in touch with our power. It is said, "Tell me what you know about yourself and I'll tell you what you know about God. Tell me what you know about God and I'll tell you what you know about yourself." As we increase knowledge of ourselves, as we choose to grow spiritually, as we clean up our act, then we can teach the children.

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 July 07, 2009 5:29 PM

                              Elder's Meditation of the Day July 7

"I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more."

--Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

We are as sick as our secrets. Our ego takes over control of our lives and when that happens our minds get very sick. Then we hurt people and our minds will always justify our actions. Our minds will give us rationalization and excuses that we are justified in doing what we are doing.

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 June 23, 2009 9:57 AM

                       Elder's Meditation of the Day - June 23

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"He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of Life, and He can do for us what we could never do on our own." --Fools Crow, LAKOTA

With the Creator in our lives, we are everything. Without the Creator, we are nothing. When the Creator is in our life, suddenly the impossible becomes possible. The extraordinary becomes ordinary. Things we thought could never happen start to happen. Talents we never know we had, start to blossom. Resources appear. Help arrives to give us guidance and direction. We become happy. We have peace of mind and confidence.

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 June 23, 2009 9:57 AM

                       Elder's Meditation of the Day - June 23

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"He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of Life, and He can do for us what we could never do on our own." --Fools Crow, LAKOTA

With the Creator in our lives, we are everything. Without the Creator, we are nothing. When the Creator is in our life, suddenly the impossible becomes possible. The extraordinary becomes ordinary. Things we thought could never happen start to happen. Talents we never know we had, start to blossom. Resources appear. Help arrives to give us guidance and direction. We become happy. We have peace of mind and confidence.

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 June 19, 2009 11:38 AM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day June 19

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"Respect should be given those indigenous nations who still carry on their ceremonies; still following the ancient laws of nature with songs and ceremonies."

 Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders

Many of our Tribes still have the ceremonies, songs and traditions. Today, the ceremonies and songs are coming back even stronger. The Elders have a lot of this knowledge. The young people need to learn these songs and traditions from the Elders. This is the strength of the people. The ancient Wisdom and Knowledge of ancient Laws are hidden in the ceremonies and songs. We should seek out these songs and ceremonies.

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 June 18, 2009 2:00 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day June 18

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"I am particularly fond of the little groves of oak trees. I love to look at them, because they endure the wintry storm and the summer's heat, and, not unlike ourselves, seem to flourish by them."

Sitting Bull, SIOUX

Every season, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, has gifts that it gives to all creatures. The animals will develop thicker furs just before Winter and will shed this fur in the Spring. Squirrels will store their food in the Fall; other animals build up fat so they can hibernate during the Winter. We can watch all forms of nature and see all creatures work in harmony with the seasons. The secret for us is to learn by observing nature. Watch the trees. Learn from them. We human beings need to learn the gifts and blessings of the seasons.

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 June 17, 2009 11:42 AM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day June 17

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"Your power comes from the songs."

Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN

If you do not know any of the songs, ask an Elder to teach you. Get yourself a drum. When you sing a song and play the drum, you'll be surprised how your mind, body, and spirit will react. Everything becomes calm and joyful. Our bodies love the songs. The songs allow us to touch the hand of the Creator. When we sing and touch the Great Spirit's hand, He gives us power. Songs are another way to pray.

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 June 16, 2009 4:01 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 16

"For me, the essence of a medicine man's life is to be humble, to have great patience, to be close to the Earth, to live as simply as possible, and to never stop learning."

--Archie Fir Lame Deer, LAKOTA

The Medicine people focus on their Being, not their doing. After all, we are human beings not human doings. The Medicine people are very patient and consciously trying to live a life of humility. Medicine people are servant leaders. Their main purpose is to serve the needs of others. By this service attitude, they become the leaders people listen to and the leaders the people want to follow. The Medicine people say everyone is their teacher. Maybe we should try to live this way ourselves; humble, patient, honoring the Earth and listening to our teachers.

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 June 15, 2009 10:11 AM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day June 15

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"Today, what is important for us is to realize that the old sacred ways are correct, and that if we do not follow them we will be lost and without a guide."

 Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

A long time ago the Creator gave to the people all the knowledge on how we should live and conduct ourselves. The Native people have been influenced by outside "tribes" who don't know about the Sacred Way. Our Elders still know about the old sacred ways. We need to consult and talk to them before it's too late. Every family needs to seriously evaluate whether they are living according to the old knowledge. If we are faultfinding, putting one another down, being selfish, being violent to our spouses or children, if we are cheating and being dishonest, then we are not living the old Sacred Way. The old way is about respect, love, forgiveness and sharing.

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 June 14, 2009 10:57 AM

nothing is fair in love and war , in both there is pain after end.

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 June 14, 2009 8:56 AM

                        Elder's Meditation of the Day June 14

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"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.

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 June 13, 2009 8:12 AM

                   Elder's Meditation of the Day June 13

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"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.

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 June 12, 2009 7:48 AM

                 Elder's Meditation of the Day June 12

 

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"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.

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 June 11, 2009 9:19 AM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day June 11

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"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.

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 June 10, 2009 8:53 AM

                Elder's Meditation of the Day June 10

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"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.

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 June 09, 2009 8:22 AM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day June 9

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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.

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 June 08, 2009 8:08 AM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day June 8

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"So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power, a connection to the Earth and the moon, men don't know about."

Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

The Elders tell us that the Woman has access to special powers. The Earth Mother gives her love in a special way to the Woman. The Moon also gives special powers to the Woman. She uses these powers to nurture, heal, and guide the people.

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 June 06, 2009 8:19 AM

                      Elder's Meditation of the Day June 6

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"We need to save those Elders who cannot speak for themselves -- the trees."

 

--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

 

The trees are the Elders of the Earth. Go to the forest or to the mountains and find a young tree. Then find an old tree. Spend time with each. Sit by the young tree and listen to your thoughts. Then move to an old tree and listen to your thoughts again. Just being in the presence of an old tree, you will feel more calm. Your thoughts will contain wisdom and your answers will be deeper. Why is this so? These old trees know more, have heard more, and are the Elders of the Earth. We must ensure these trees live so we can learn from them.

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 June 05, 2009 12:08 PM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day June 5

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"It is not through the great skill of the hunter himself that success is achieved, but through the hunter's awareness of his place in Creation and his relationship to all things."

--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

If only the human being could understand the power of proper relationships, the need for power and control could be abandoned. It's not what is going on that matters, but how we look at what is going on. It's our relationship to it that counts. Nothing in the world has any meaning except the meaning we give to it. To be more effective at this, we need to consider our relationship with the Creator. Our relationship to the Great Spirit determines how we will perceive the meanings we put to places, people, institutions, and things. We need to let the Creator tell us and guide our thoughts about these relationships. Any relationship that we have that is causing problems means we need to pray for a new point of view.

Creator, let me see the world and the people through your eyes.

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 June 03, 2009 6:22 AM

                   Elder's Meditation of the Day June 3

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"IN THE BEGINNING were the Instructions... The Instruction was to live in a good way and be respectful to everybody and everything."

--Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo A long time ago, in the beginning, the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts.  [ send green star]
 
 June 01, 2009 5:39 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 1

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"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out."

--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.

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 May 31, 2009 1:26 PM

 Elder's Meditation of the Day May 31

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"Sell a country? Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the Earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?"

--Tecumseh, SHAWNEE

The White Man's way is to possess, control, and divide. It has always been difficult for Indian people to understand this. There are certain things we cannot own that must be shared. The Land is one of these things. We need to re-look at what we are doing to the Earth. We are digging in her veins and foolishly diminishing the natural resources. We are not living in balance. We do not own the Earth; the Earth owns us. Today, let us ponder the true relationship between the Earth and ourselves.

Great Spirit, today, let me see the Earth as you would have me see Her

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 May 29, 2009 10:04 AM

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Elder's Meditation of the Day May 29

"Humility is probably the most difficult virtue to realize."

 --Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

Two definitions of humility are; one, being aware of one's own defects of character, and two, giving credit where credit is due. This means if you do something and are successful because God gave you certain talents, give credit to God when someone tells you how well you did; this is being humble. If you are successful at something, but had help from friends, spouse, neighbors, give credit to those who helped you; this is being humble. If you have done a task and you alone accomplished it, give credit to yourself; this is being humble. Say the truth and give credit where credit is due.

Grandfather, let me walk a truthful road today.

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 May 28, 2009 5:08 PM

             Elder's Meditation of the Day May 28

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"The land is a sacred trust held in common for the benefit of the future of our nations."

--Haida Gwaii - Traditional Circle of Elders

The Creator made the Earth to support life so that life would continue to reproduce, everything would support one another, and future generations would have the same benefits of supply and beauty as the generations the proceeded them. This cycle will only continue to the degree that we make choices and decisions for the future generations. Today, we are too greedy and selfish. We are cheating our children, grandchildren, and the children unborn.

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 May 25, 2009 4:15 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 25

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"If you listen close at night, you will hear the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred - the owls, the crickets, the frogs, the night birds - and you will hear beautiful songs, songs you have never heard before. Listen with your heart. Never stop listening."

 --Henery Quick Bear, LAKOTA

The night time is full of life, full of song, and full of beauty. Have you ever gone outside at night and listened? One has access to serenity and peace. At night all our senses change their roles. Because we can't see, our hearing is much stronger, our smell is even more enhanced, our sight is different. We are able to join nature through sounds and smells, through the songs of the night birds, and through the night winds. We can close our eyes and experience interconnectedness in a different way. Try it tonight and experience oneness with the Creator.

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 May 23, 2009 9:00 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 23

 

"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that."

--Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual, and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind.

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 May 19, 2009 12:12 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 19

"To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember Who is the real provider of all of our benefits."

 --Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

The Elders say we should pray to the East every morning. Just try it! Get up early in the morning, watch the sun and listen to the morning sounds, the birds, the winds; smell the air, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sun. Your mind will expand and you will experience oneness with the Great Spirit. You'll realize who is really in charge. You'll realize interconnectedness. You'll realize how much the Creator loves you! Just try it!

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 May 14, 2009 9:23 AM

                   Elder's Meditation of the Day May -14

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"Prayer is the best answer to all of the trials that face us, because without prayer, even if we succeed in accomplishing some great goal in the eyes of men, we have failed in our sacred responsibilities, and thus we have failed in what is truly important."

--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

What are our sacred responsibilities? One is to be of maximum service to the Creator, and two is to serve the people. In a way, it's like the Great Spirit is the employer and we are the employees. We live each day, do what we do, accomplish our goals, face our difficulties, overcome them all to the Glory of the Creator. We do these things to make Him proud! Even if we work for a company, agency or tribe, they are nor really our employer; the Creator is our employer. Working for the Creator is better than working for a human being, because each night we can talk to the Creator and ask Him, "Well, how did I do today?" He answers back each night, "I'm proud of you, my child; sleep well, and in the morning I'll give you a new set of growing experiences."

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 May 13, 2009 6:18 PM

         Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 13

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"But the great spirit has provided you and me with an opportunity for study in nature's university, the forests, the rivers, the mountains, and the animals which include us." -

--- Walking Buffalo, STONEY

What we really need to learn is how to live life. Nature is the greatest university when we want to learn about balance, harmony, the Natural Laws and how to live life. But we will never learn unless we spend time in the "living university." Nature is full of examples, lessons, and exercises about life. Nature will help humans learn. Nature will help humans heal. Nature will help with Medicine, knowledge and healing. The reason our Elders are so wise is because they have attended the right educational system - nature's university.

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 May 10, 2009 11:30 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 10

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When you go inside that power, there's no fear. It's so beautiful!! There's no fear there. There's no pain."

 Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

Imagine you are standing on the edge of a stage. In the center of the stage is a spotlight shining from above. If you stand anyplace outside the spotlight, in the darkness, you will experience fear. But as soon as you step into the light in the center of the stage, all fear and pain go away. When we stand in the power, fear cannot exist. How do we find this place of power? We pray our way into it. We ask the Creator to take our hand and help us. When we get to that place, we will feel the fear go away.


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 May 08, 2009 7:39 AM

                Elder's Meditation of the Day May 8

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"Anyways, with medicine there's a time and a place for everything. It only comes around once. You have to get it at the right time."

---- Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place. One, the right time. Two, the right place. This is why we need to honor our ceremonies. Ceremonies are done in an order. This order is applied to open a "door" to the right time and place of the medicine. This door opens to the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is available to us at the right time and the right place.

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 May 07, 2009 8:48 AM

             Elder's Meditation of the Day May 7

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       "We must all become caretakers of the Earth."

         ---- Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders

Mother Earth is the source of all life. We should not only be concerned about the part of the Earth we live on, but we should be concerned about the parts of the Earth that other people live on. The Earth is one great whole. The trees in Brazil generate the air in the Untied States. If the trees are cut in Brazil, it affects the air that all people breathe. Every person needs to conscientiously think about how they respect the Earth. Do we dump our garbage out of the car? Do we poison the water? Do we poison the air? Am I taking on the responsibility of being a caretaker of the Earth?

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 May 06, 2009 7:54 AM

                      Elder's Meditation of the Day May 6

 

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"We must remember that the heart of our religion is alive and that each person has the ability within to awaken and walk in a sacred manner."

---- Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

The Native Spirituality is full of life. When we seek it we become alive. Even if we have gone astray and have conducted ourselves in a bad way, we can look within and have a new awakening to life. Maybe we have drunk too much alcohol; maybe we have cheated on our spouse; maybe we have done things that make us feel guilty and ashamed. If we look outside ourselves, we will not find life; if we look inside, we will find life. Anytime we choose to change our lives, we only need to look inside. How do we do this? Take some sage and light it, close your eyes and say to the Great Spirit, I'm tired, I need your help. Please help me change.

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 May 05, 2009 3:17 PM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 5

There are many things to be shared with the four colors of man in our common destiny as one family upon our Mother the Earth."

---- Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE

The Elders tell us the time will come when the four colors of Man will unite into one family. According to prophecies, we were told this would happen when the Sun was blocked in the Seventh Moon. There was an eclipse of the Sun in July, 1991. We are now in a new Springtime called the Coming Together Time. Each of the four colors of man has knowledge that the other colors need to heal their families. Let us all be willing to sit in a circle and respect our differences.

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 May 04, 2009 4:15 PM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 4

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The whole religion is like a preparation. It's a preparation for going to the Good Land or to the place of your ancestors. We all have to go through it. We all know this.

---- Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE

There are two Worlds that exist. The Seen World and the Unseen World. Sometimes these worlds are called the Physical World and the Spiritual World. The Elders say, when it is time to go to the other side, our relatives will appear a few days before to help us enter the Spirit World. This is a happy place; the hunting is good; the place of the Grandfathers, the Creator, the Great Spirit, God, is a joyful place.

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 May 03, 2009 12:32 PM


                Elder's Meditation of the Day May 3

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"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.

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 May 02, 2009 2:50 PM

                Elder's Meditation of the Day May 2

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"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, be 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."

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 May 01, 2009 11:24 AM

         Elder's Meditation of the Day May - 1

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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.

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 April 29, 2009 2:26 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 29

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"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.

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 April 28, 2009 9:11 AM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 28

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"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, 2009 3:34 PM

                        Elders Meditation - April 27

 

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"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

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 April 26, 2009 10:12 AM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 26

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"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 25, 2009 7:19 AM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day April 25

"In some mysterious and wonderful way you are part of everything, Nephew. And in that same mysterious and wonderful way, everything is a part of you." --Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE

 In order to experience this, we must be aware of how limited our senses are�eyes, ears touch, smell, taste. These senses help us to function in the Seen World. What we see is interpreted by our minds and put inside our belief system, and this can become our reality. But there also exists an Unseen World. In this world we experience connectedness; we experience the mystery; and we experience another whole point of view. If we pay attention to both the Unseen World and the Seen World, our belief systems will print in our mind a new and wonderful reality. We will see and know we are a part of everything.

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 April 24, 2009 4:04 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day April 24

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"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.

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 April 16, 2009 12:03 PM

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           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.   [ send green star]
 
 April 14, 2009 7:36 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 14

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"The base of all things is love, 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.

 

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 April 12, 2009 2:01 PM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 12

 

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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

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 April 10, 2009 4:43 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 10

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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.


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Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 7 April 07, 2009 12:32 PM

"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.
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 April 06, 2009 6:11 PM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 6

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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.

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 April 05, 2009 5:42 PM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 5

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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.

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 April 04, 2009 12:34 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 4

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"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.

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 April 03, 2009 4:54 PM

                    Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 3

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"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.

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 April 02, 2009 1:51 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 2

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"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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 April 01, 2009 3:30 PM

                   Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 1

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"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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 March 31, 2009 11:37 AM

                Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 31

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"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew the lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence."

--Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

When we live in nature it's like constantly being in school. We are in an environment that is always teaching. We are constantly being reminded hat there are laws, Natural Laws, which are running the universe. Once we know these laws and we drift from them, we start to live our lives in a different way. Soon we become discontent, selfish and disrespectful. Then, we get in trouble. If our lives have become this way, it can be reversed by going back to nature to be among our teachers.

Great Spirit, teach men, again, the Natural Laws.

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 March 30, 2009 1:53 PM

Secrets Of Prosperity
J Donald Walters

  1. Contentment; not a bank account.

  2. Happiness; for a determination simply to be happy attracts prosperity. Happiness is, at the same time, the best definition of prosperity.

  3. Generosity; for by sharing with others the good that life gives us we can open up the well-springs of abundance.

  4. Including the good of all in your own quest for abundance.

  5. Recognition of the part you play in the great Symphony of Life. For Life will sustain you, if you attune yourself to its harmonics.

  6. Working with, not against, life's changing rhythms.

  7. Looking behind the obstacles you face in life, to the opportunities they represent.

  8. Seeing failure as a corrective, not as a misfortune.

  9. To diversify, not your financial investments merely, as monetary counsellors recommend, but more importantly - your investments of energy. Cultivate fresh ideas, fresh interests, fresh relationships, fresh reasons for enjoying your life.

  10. Faith; in yourself, in others, in Life's abundance.

  11. To break the hypnosis of self-limitation. The heights that any person has attained can be attained again by others - by anyone, each in his or her own way - given enough time, dedication and focused energy.

  12. Not to fritter energy away with trivial desires. A leaking tap, drop by drop, wastes many litres.

  13. Finding pleasure in simplicity.

  14. Holding positive expectations, supported by a dynamic will.

  15. Recognising that people can be your best investment. Be a true friend to all.

  16. Realising that what you own is held by you in trust. Treat it responsibly. If you squander it, the trust will pass to another.

  17. Finding strength in yourself. Don't wait for passing waves to propel you forward.

  18. Realising that one cannot truly prosper by the diminshment of others. Bless everyone. An expansion of self-identity is a mark of prosperity, and also a condition for its attainment.

  19. Extending a willing hand to the needy, helping them, above all, to help themselves.

  20. Common sense; don't depend on luck, but on a realistic assessment of whatever situation you face. Only in practical stages can you transform 'improbables' into realities.

  21. To remember - the higher the mountain, the harder the effort needed to conquer it. Success is not for the weak-hearted, It is for those who never rest until they attain their ideals.

  22. The willingness to sacrifice non-essentials for essentials.

  23. To live in the present - not in past attainment, nor in future victories.

  24. The patience to adjust action to reality. In every setback, try to understand what life is trying to teach you.

  25. Envying no-one. View others' successes and failures empathically, as your own.

  26. Inventiveness; success in any field demands the creative outlook of an artist.

  27. To feed it daily with fresh, new ideas - lest, like a still pond, it stagnates.


by J Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda)
from the book, "Secrets Of Prosperity"

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 March 28, 2009 2:19 PM

           Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 28

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Sacred sites and areas are protection for all people—the four colors for man—and these sites are in all areas of the earth in the four directions." --Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE

The Elders say that values come from the Mother Earth. Different places and areas around the Earth have different values. The Water people live in harmony and know the values that correspond to that particular part of the Earth. The Desert people know the values of the desert and respect and live in harmony with that part of the Earth. The Woodland people know the values of their part of the Earth and live in harmony. If you live in harmony with the Earth, you will live a life that is full of values. We should have great respect for the Mother Earth.

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 March 27, 2009 6:55 PM

                      Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 27

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"...you have to believe it first. Not wait until you see it first, then touch it, then believe it...You have to say it from the heart." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

We are designed to function from faith. First we pray. Then we use our imagination to create a vision or picture in our mind. We surround this mental picture with our emotions or feelings. These feelings are available when we ask or say it from the heart. The combination of the mental picture and asking from the heart to create the emotions will cause us to believe it. Then we just need to wait. We need to believe as though it is already done.

 

 

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 March 19, 2009 12:10 PM

               Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 19

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"There's a deep wound in people-that they have been so cut off from the source of their being, their mother, their Earth Mother." --Francis Story Talbott II (Medicine Story), WAMPANOAG

When we are connected to the Earth Mother, or when we are clear on our purpose, we will feel connected and safe. We will feel love. When we are disconnected from the Earth Mother, or we don't know who we are or why we are, we will feel pain. It will be similar to a little child who has lost its Mother. We will hurt inside-we will be wounded within. If this happens to the whole community, the people will be very sad and lost. It will seem like there is death in the air. When this happens, it is time for ceremony and reconnection to God and Mother Earth. This is the time of prayer.

Great Mystery, today, help me to stay connected to the Earth and to You, my Creator.

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 March 15, 2009 5:55 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 15

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"We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training." --Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

Every Indian knows and has a feeling inside that, bottom line, our real purpose on earth is to be of service to our fellow man and to be of maximum service to the Great Spirit. The Creator designed the earth to be self supporting --everything is interconnected and all things were created to be of service to each other. The Indian way is to pray about all things. Religion is not separate from any part of our lives. Everything is spiritual and we are to view all matters in this way. Family is spiritual, work is spiritual, helping others is spiritual, our bodies are spiritual, our talk is spiritual, our thoughts are spiritual. We need to practice seeing all things as spiritual.

 

Great Spirit, today let me help the needy and allow me the wisdom to have respect and reverence for Your teachings.

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 March 10, 2009 4:07 PM

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               Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 10

"I know Grandpa told me that to smoke is wakan (holy). The smoke you inhale represents the spirits of everything you put into the pipe. When you breathe in the smoke, you are asking to become one with everything or to become whole."

--Dr. A.C. Ross (Enhanamani), LAKOTA

The smoke allows us to go from the Seen World to the Spirit World. It is in the Spirit World where we are all connected. In this way, we can become one with all things. Our pipe is sacred. We need to be respectful of our medicine. When we smoke the pipe, we need to have good thoughts because these thoughts are shared with the Spirit World. The pipe, the smoke, the spirits, our thoughts-these things are Wakan.

Great Spirit, today, let my thoughts be Wakan.

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 March 08, 2009 1:50 PM

                Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 8

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"Balance is implicit in the Red Road. When you're on the Red Road, you are in the center. Yet, you do not go to either extreme, and you allow both sides to exist. This is accomplished by continually postponing surrendering to temptation, whatever it may be. It is saying `later' instead of `no.'"

--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA

The Sacred Path of life has a middle, a left side, and a right side. As human beings, we are designed to walk this middle path as much as we can. As we walk, we will stray to the left and to the right and come back to the middle. Straying to the left or right side is as sacred as being in the middle. Sometimes we call this straying our mistakes. We are designed by the Creator to walk to Sacred Path of life, and realize that our mistakes are the source of lessons. These lessons give us our wisdom. It is not wrong that we are tempted. What matters is what we do with the temptation.

Great Spirit, today, let me enjoy the Sacred Path of Life.

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 March 07, 2009 2:07 PM

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                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 7

"We are responsible for the condition of the Earth. We are the ones who are responsible and we can change that. If we wake up, it is possible to change the energy. It is possible to change everything."

--Hunbatz Men, MAYAN

The environment we want outside will be created by the mental pictures we have inside out heads. We must have the right environmental picture as well as the right values. These values will give the mental picture its true meaning. If we respected Mother Earth, we would not throw garbage on Her, nor would we put poison in Her. We would not misuse Her in any way. Mother Earth is like She is today because of the mental pictures of previous generations as well as the mental pictures of our own generation. If we want the environment to change, each individual must change their mental picture. "As within, so without."

Great Spirit, today, let me be alert to Your guiding voice.

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 March 06, 2009 6:00 PM

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                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 6

"And there are Four Corners of the Earth that we talk about, the Four Colors of people, and the Four Winds. You see the winds-they are spirits."

--Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN

The Elders teach us about the four directions. If we learn about direction, we also learn about attention, about focus, and about power. Each direction has spiritual power. In the morning, go outside, face the east and get still; then, listen to your thoughts. After you have done this for a while, turn and face the west. Get quiet once again and listen to your thoughts. Did your thinking change when you changed direction?

Great Spirit, teach me the power of the four directions.

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 March 03, 2009 2:56 PM

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"For me writing has become prayers that say, `Great Spirit, return to us our freedom, our land, and our lives. 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."

--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

We Native people have really been tested. This testing is having our land taken from us, our culture challenged, and our way of living altered. Gratefully, we have not lost our spirituality. our spirituality has been the key for our people making it through all of these tests. Our prayers are strong. Indian people have also been able to adjust to change and still keep their culture and spirituality. Today, we should be grateful to the Creator for the present, and for the lessons of the past. May our future be guided by the Great Spirit.

Great Spirit, thank You for Mother Earth and Father Sky. Thank You for my life

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 March 02, 2009 11:29 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 2

".the voice and the heart are not working together."

--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

We can say any words we want with our voice but we cannot hide the true meaning and the true spirit behind the words. The true meaning is always understood. The voice is heard in the physical world, but the meaning is transmitted in the spiritual world. if our voice says one thing but the heart is saying something else, it's the something else that is heard. It is said that the truth will set you free. Reaching the truth means your voice and your words will be in alignment with the heart.

Great Spirit, let my tongue, speak the truth today. 

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 February 26, 2009 3:25 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 26

"The Great Spirit is the one that's looking after us."

--Jimmy Jackson, OJIBWAY

The only place our minds can find peace is when our focus is on the Creator. Daily we need to ask the Creator to direct our thinking. When we look at our brothers and sisters, we need to see the Creator in them. When we look at the trees, plants and the animals, we need to realize the Creator is within us. Our attention needs to be on the Creator. When we work, we do it for the Creator. When we are troubled, we need to pray to the Creator. When we are happy and joyful, we need to realize we are feeling the presence of the Creator. Thinking God thoughts will produce peace.

Oh Great Mystery, let me focus on You today.


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 February 25, 2009 1:47 PM

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                Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 25

".the Creator was responsible for the existence of everything, a part of the Creator's spirit exists in everything and thus all things are connected."

--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

The Creator designed nature, people, and all things as an interconnected system. Everything is connected to each other. This connection exists in the Unseen World. The same way our body parts are all port of the body-the parts are separate but also connected. If a part of our body is in pain, the rest of the body recognizes this pain as its own. In other words, the pain of one is the pain of all. This is also true of every interconnected system. Because we are connected, we should respect and take care of our Earth and each other.

Great Spirit, let me treat everyone, today, as if they were You. 

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 February 24, 2009 7:42 PM


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          Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 24

"But each of us must find out for himself or herself what their gift is, so that they can use it in their life."

--Jimmy Jackson, OJIBWAY

The old people say, everyone has a song to sing. This song is the reason we are on this earth. When we are doing what we came on this earth to do, we know true happiness. How will we know our song? Pray. Ask the Great Mystery, "What is it you want me to do during my stay on earth?" Ask. He will tell you. He will even help you develop yourself to accomplish His mission.

Great Spirit, help me find my song and let me sing it.

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 February 23, 2009 7:36 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 23

"We've got to learn what's going on today in the world, and we've got to get an education se we can survive."

--Jimmy Jackson, OJIBWA

Indian people have the ability to adapt. In these modern times, we Native people must walk two roads. We must get educated so our people don't lose. We need lawyers, doctors, nurses, foresters, scientists, educators, carpenters, welders. These skills are needed to help the people. While we are learning we need to remember to keep our culture, learn our dances, sing our songs, learn to speak our own language and maintain our culture for future generations.

Great Spirit, let my education never lack the meaning and value of Indian spirituality

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 February 22, 2009 10:24 AM

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"Every thing or living being that exists in this world, be it trees, flowers, birds, grasses, rocks, soil of the earth, or human beings, has its unique manner of existence --its essence, its spirit that makes it what it is. That is what is meant by connectedness."

--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

Scientists are finally realizing what the Elders have taught for thousands of years-every- thing is connected. Because everything is interconnected, whatever you do to any one thing, you do to everything. If you poison any part of the earth, the poison eventually affects everything else. If you poison the plants, the birds will eat the plants, which poisons the birds. The birds are eaten by humans which poisons the humans. The humans will have babies who could be deformed because the plants were poisoned. We must learn to live in harmony with the earth. We must learn to think good things. Every good thought is felt by everything, which causes everything to be happy.

Creator, let my thoughts only be good thoughts.

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 February 19, 2009 10:33 AM

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             Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 19

The Old Man said, `you are both ugly and handsome and you must accept your ugliness as well as your handsomeness in order to really accept yourself."

--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

My Grandfather told me one time that any person who is judgmental to another is also judgmental to themselves. If we want to be free of being judgmental, we need to first work on how judgmental we are to ourselves. If we quit judging ourselves and start accepting ourselves as we are, we will start accepting others as they are. Then we will experience a level of new freedom.

Great Spirit, let me accept myself as I am --honoring both my strengths and my weaknesses.

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 February 18, 2009 12:20 PM


Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 18

"laughter is a necessity in life that does not cost much, and the Old Ones say that one of the greatest healing powers in our life is the ability to laugh." --Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

Laughter is a good stress eliminator. Laughter causes healing powers to be distributed through our bodies. Laughter helps heal relationships that are having problems. Laughter can change other people. Laughter can heal the sick. Laughter is spiritual. One of the greatest gifts among Indian people has been our ability to laugh. Humor is natural to Indian people. Sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh.

Great Spirit, allow me to laugh when times get tough

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 February 17, 2009 5:24 PM


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                        Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 17

"Silence and self-control permeate the entirety of our lives."

--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

The Creator gave us all the Red Road and on this Red Road we are required to think and act in a spiritual way. To make sure I conduct myself according to the Red Road, I must make sure I develop my self discipline. Self control works best when we pray for the courage and power to do the will of the Great Spirit. We are here on the earth to do the will of the Great Spirit. Sometimes, we must battle ourselves to do this.

Great Spirit, help me to have my self- control guided by spiritual ways.

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 February 13, 2009 10:30 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 13

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"I wanted to feel, smell, hear and see, but not see with my eyes and my mind only. I wanted to see with CANTE ISTA-the eye of the heart." --Lame Deer, LAKOTA Why is it that some people seem to have peace of mind every day? How do some people remain so darn positive? How do you stay positive if you work or live in a negative environment? How is it that two people can observe the same difficult situation, but one person is upset about it, and other isn't? Two people experiencing the same situation react entirely different. If each morning we ask the Creator to allow us to see with His understanding and with His love, we will open a new way of "seeing". This eye of the heart is a free gift given to us if we ask for it in prayer each day.

Grandfather, allow me to see the world and all things You have made through "the eye of my heart.

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 February 08, 2009 5:12 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 8

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"No individual or group can block another individual's path or change it against what fits his nature and his purpose. It might be done for a time, but in the end it won't work out."

--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

Every person is born for a purpose. We may know our purpose very early in our lives, or it may take us some time. Very often we need to experience many things before our purpose is clear to us. Sometimes we pick our goals to please others. Sometimes others pick our goals to make themselves happy. Often this makes us unhappy. We need to pray to the Creator and ask Him what our purpose is. When we live outside our purpose, our path is full of obstacles. When we live inside our purpose, our path is smooth. When we are aligned to our purpose, we are happy and content.

Great Spirit, whisper to me, in terms I can understand, what You would have me do and I will do it.

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 February 05, 2009 5:22 PM

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"Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor."

--Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

"It is better to give than receive." But it doesn't really matter if we are giving or receiving. There is an identical feeling associated with both. We get this feeling every time we receive. We can't control when we receive gifts but we can control when we give gifts. Therefore, the more we give, the better we feel. When we are given gifts, or someone does something for us, it is the Indian way to honor this person.

Great Spirit, let me honor and be respectful to those who are good to me today.

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 January 31, 2009 5:08 PM

                       Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 31

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"In sharing, in loving all and everything, one people naturally found a due portion of the thing they sought, while in fearing, the other found need of conquest."

--Chief Luther Standing Bear, SIOUX

There are two systems of thought that are available for us to choose from. One is the love-thought system and the other is the fear- thought system. If we choose love, we will see the laws, principles and values of the Creator. If we choose fear, the results will be so paralyzing that it will cause us to take over and not rely on the Great Spirit. The fear-thought system will automatically cause attack, conflict, need to control over others. The love-thought system seeks peace of mind, unity and causes us to be love seekers.

Great Spirit, today let me see only love.

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 January 28, 2009 7:36 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 28

"We call it the `sacred' red road because it is the road that will lead us to living the good life, an honest and healthy life.

" --Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA T

The Red Road is the path we walk on when we want a direct relationship with the Great Spirit. This requires sacrifice. This requires us to have our beliefs tested. To walk this path is really an honor. The returns for doing so are exciting, not only for ourselves but for the effect that will be felt for three generations. This means your children will see the benefits as well as your grandchildren. Do I want to walk this sacred road?

Great Spirit, guide myself and my family on the Red Road.

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 January 27, 2009 3:03 PM

       Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 27

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"The journey to the Spirit World is a long one, my friend. But when you die, that doesn’t mean that this is the end."

--—Buddy Red Bow, LAKOTA

The Elders tell us of the other dimension, the Spirit World. Our spirit in our bodies does not die, it only looks that way to our eyes and our brains. Some of our ceremonies allow us to see into the Spirit World. Death is only part of a process of life. It shows the transition into the Spirit World. The Elders tell us this is a joyful life journey.

My Creator, help me to understand both the seen world and the unseen world. Let me not be afraid of the world You live in

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 January 25, 2009 5:58 PM

                       Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 25

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"Also ask your heart to purify and cleanse this defect and harmful desire. Ask also the help of the inner father and mother. Every time we eliminate a defect, we build our soul, our inner temple. We ascend. like going up a stairway."

--Willaru Huayata, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

The building blocks to knowledge and wisdom are constructed through the lessons of our character defects if we constructively review our conduct each day, asking where we are resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid. Remember, we need to review constructively, not destructively. Destructive review is when we ask, "what's the matter with me anyway." or "how could I be so stupid?" These question lead to morbid reflection or remorse and seriously affect our self esteem. In constructive review we ask, "what will I do next time?" With constructive review we progressively eliminate the defect and replace it with wisdom.

My Creator, allow me to have my defects because through them I gain in knowledge of Your will.

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 January 24, 2009 3:12 PM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 24

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"Always listen to what the Elders say."

--Dona Josefa Medrano, HUICHOL, SIERRA MADRE, MEXICO

In school we have been taught to go to the encyclopedia when we need information about certain subjects. From the time we are little, we have a natural tendency to seek out role models. When we need information about living we tend to seek out books about living. These maybe self help books. The world is full of information. For the Native people, we have our Elders. All races have Elders. Our lives will run much smoother when we listen to the Elders. They don't always tell us what we want to hear but they always tell us what we need to hear. The Elders have the ability to make the truth sweet.

Creator, thank You for the Elders. Help me this day to listen to them.

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 January 23, 2009 1:55 PM

          Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 23

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"Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within."

--Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

A long time ago, the Creator put inside the human being the secrets to the laws of life. We usually know this is true even though we may not know what these laws are. If something goes wrong with our lives, we usually fix the blame on something outside of ourselves. We tend to give up accountability. One way or another we say, "It's not my fault." We need to realize that all permanent and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. If it's meant to be, it is up to me.

Oh Great Spirit, let me realize fully that my problems are of my own making. Therefore, so are the solutions.

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 January 22, 2009 11:25 AM

                     Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 22

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"The first factor in the revolution of consciousness is the mystic death of the ego- the death of negative thinking, negative personalities. We must purify the soul of the inner enemies. Every time a defect manifests- envy, gluttony, anger, lust, whatever-that impulse to the heart. Ask, `Do I really need to invoke this?' And then honor the heart."

--Willaru Huayta, QUECHAU NATION, PERU

Our egos have character defects. These character defects we sometimes act out and they invariably bring results to our lives that we might not want. If we continue to use these character defects, we will continue to have undesirable results in our lives. How do we change ourselves or get rid of a character defect We can go to the heart-ask a question, make a decision-then honor the heart. For example, say I get angry today. I would go to the heart and ask, would I rather be right or would I rather be happy? How we answer this question can have an enormous impact on how our day goes. Once we decide the answer to this question, we need to honor the heart by saying, "Thank you for the power of changing my thoughts. I choose to be happy and to experience peace of mind."

Great Spirit, today, let me teach only love and learn only love.

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 January 21, 2009 2:27 PM

                      Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 21

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"This is the time of awakening to the inner father and the inner mother. Without this we will receive no high initiation; instead we get initiated into darkness. That's because any investigation or revolution without God leads, not to freedom, but to more slavery."

--Willaru Huayta, QUECHAU NATION, PERU

Honor the Father and the Mother. Father stands for wisdom and Mother stands for feelings. Inside each of us is the Father and the Mother. If we do not honor both, we will not grow in balance. To honor both the Father and the Mother helps our masculine and feminine sides grow. The winter season is a good time to focus on this. This is our season of reflection. Honoring both sides allows us to see the Creator is both Father and Mother.

Great Spirit, Father Sky, Mother Earth, guide me today. Let me experience balance

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 January 20, 2009 3:09 PM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 20

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"The most important thing now is to reveal the inner temple of the soul with right thinking and right activity."

--Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

The key to growing a strong tree is to have a good system of roots and to feed the roots with good medicine. If we put poison in the root system, it will affect the tree, and it will become obvious to the rest of the forest what is being fed to the roots. This is also true of the human being. We need to feed our roots with right thinking. If our thinking is right, it will become obvious to the rest of the people. We don't need to tell people about ourselves with our mouth because our actions always tell them.

Great Spirit, direct my thinking today. Feed my roots

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 January 19, 2009 2:58 PM

      Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 19

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"Heal yourself-your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness."

--Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

It is difficult to look inside ourselves, especially when we see conflict or confusion. During times of conflict we need to realize that we are talking to ourselves about our thoughts. This conversation is printing in our subconscious and forming our beliefs. During times of conflict we need to ask the spirit to control our self-talk. Only thorough finding that inner place and going there during troubled times will we ever find happiness.

Great Spirit, You are my peace and you dwell within me. Let me look for You within

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 January 18, 2009 2:23 PM

                  Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 18

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"Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit."

--Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

Be still and know. All new learnings, all ideas about new things, creativity, daydreaming and mental effectiveness come to those who learn about silence. All warriors know about the power of silence. All Elders know about stillness. Be still and know God. Meditation is about the place of silence. This is the place to hear God's voice. We can find tremendous amounts of knowledge in the place of silence. This is the sacred place of God.

Great Spirit, teach me the power of silence.

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 January 17, 2009 6:40 PM

              Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 17

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"In our story of Creation, we talk about each one of us having our own path to travel, and our own gift to give and to share. You see, what we say is that the Creator gave us all special gifts; each one of us is special. And each one of us is a special gift to each other because we've got something to share."

--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

We are all equally special. We need to focus on what is right for ourselves. As we focus on what is right for ourselves, we will start to see our special gifts. Then we can see how to share our special gifts with others. If we focus on what's wrong with ourselves, we will not be able to see our gifts. Then we will think we have nothing to give others and we become selfish and withdrawn. The more we focus on our good, the more we see the good in others. The more we see the good in others, the more we see the gifts they have to share. What you sees is what you gets!

My Creator, today, let me use the gifts You have given me. Let me use them wisely

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 January 16, 2009 2:09 PM

            Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 16

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"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying."

--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

Well everybody's doing it. Do unto others before they do unto you. If it wasn't for back luck I would have no luck at all. These are excuses and rationalizations for giving up accountability. Be true to yourself. Seek the truth, The Great Spirit is the truth. The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. We cannot be free if we are dishonest nor can we live a balanced life if we are dishonest. As we grow, we need to start taking stands. All warriors take stands. The warrior's belief is constantly being aligned to truth. The warrior will always know where he/she stands.

Great Spirit, help me today to seek Your truth, not my tuth

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 January 15, 2009 12:49 PM

                   Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 15

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It's all spirit and it's all connected."

--Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN

If everything is connected, we cannot disconnect. To disconnect is not a real choice. This is why we are always spiritual no matter what we do. Every alcoholic is spiritual. All our brothers and sisters are spiritual. We may not be behaving correctly, but nevertheless, we are spiritual. Our choice is to live out of harmony with spiritual ways or in harmony with spiritual ways. Everything is spiritual.

 

Great Spirit, give me the knowledge to be in harmony with the spirit today.

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 January 14, 2009 4:58 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 14

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"It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk-to share what is in your heart." --John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

The talking circle is also a listening circle. The talking circle allows one person to talk at a time for as long as they need to talk. So much can be gained by listening. Is it a coincidence that the Creator gave us one mouth and two ears? The power of the circle allows the heart to be shared with each other. What we share with each other also heals each other. When we talk about our pain in the circle, it is distributed to the circle, and we are free of the pain. The talking circle works because when the people form a circle, the Great Mystery is in the center.

My Creator, give me the courage to share, and the courage to listen.

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 January 13, 2009 1:47 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 13

"When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you've got nothing ... get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else."

--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

It is said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." That's the trouble, most of us do.

Great Spirit, You are love; You are spirit. Spirit and love are interconnected. I am spiritual. Let me realize what I am really made of.

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 January 13, 2009 1:45 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 13

"When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you've got nothing ... get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else."

--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

It is said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." That's the trouble, most of us do.

Great Spirit, You are love; You are spirit. Spirit and love are interconnected. I am spiritual. Let me realize what I am really made of.

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 January 12, 2009 3:42 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 12

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"The first thing that we want you to understand is that spirit has no color or race to it. It doesn't matter whether your skin is white, black, red, Hispanic, whatever. No one out there is any better than you, and you are no better than anyone else out there."

--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG

We are all created to be of equal worth. We may be different sizes, different heights, different ages, different colors, we may have different beliefs and be of different cultures. In the unseen world, we are all spirit formed into different shapes and colors but we are all worthy. For example, you can have water, you can have steam, or you can have ice. Which of these is not made up of H2O?

 

My Creator, today, let me see equal worthiness

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 January 11, 2009 6:02 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 11

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"Race and language makes no difference; the barriers are gone when persons can come together on high spiritual levels."

--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

Not only are race and language barriers overcome by spirituality, but all things are overcome by spirituality. Inside every human being is the spirit. When we see people, we can choose to look at their outside or we can choose to look at their inside. Spirituality resides inside of others, we must be able to look at our own inside. If we see spirituality inside ourselves, we will see spirituality inside others. The saying is, "what you sees is what you gets."

My Creator, let me see all my brothers and sisters through the spiritual

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 January 10, 2009 3:00 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 10

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"We cannot escape remembering the important things that have happened, and we cannot escape the awareness of the important things that have not happened."

--Ralph Salisbury, CHEROKEE

There is a Master Plan. There are Natural Laws that run the universe. Everything on the earth has a purpose. Change is constant. That which is built is constantly being destroyed. That which is loose is being used to build new things. Nothing can be destroyed, only rearranged. Change will happen and every setback is only temporary. In other words, the Creator is in charge. We are not in charge. He designed the universe. He runs the universe and He will change what needs to be changed. As humans, it is easier for us to participate in all of this if we are spiritual. We need to be tuned in. Therefore, God gave us the spiritual concept of acceptance. When things change, we can change ourselves through the principle of acceptance.

Great Spirit, let me live today in acceptance of Your will. Today let us do it Your way.

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 January 09, 2009 11:14 AM

Elders Meditation of the Day - January 9

"So, with the Native way, it's not whether people find out about what you've done or not... that's not nearly as strong as having your source of morality within you, having your morality arise out of an inner perception of what is wrong, ridiculous, or shameful. You are your own judge."

 --Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

Inside each of us is a voice. It is a quiet voice. It is a guiding voice. If we listen for it, it will guide us, and help us avoid disaster. It is especially active when we are afraid, when we are in doubt, when we are scared, when we need help, and when we get angry. If we are excited emotionally, it is hard to hear this voice. If we are angry, it's hard to hear this voice because it is usually quiet. The best thing we can do is to practice getting quiet. If we don't get quiet, there is another voice called the judge. It tells us to attack or say bad things to other people or to judge ourselves. This voice is loud and usually gets us into trouble.

Creator, Great Mystery, help me listen for the quiet voice. Let me know this voice of Yours. Your ways are gentle. Guide me with this voice. Thank you.

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 January 08, 2009 12:20 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 8

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"Native Americans are essentially calling for righteousness. By this they mean a shared ideology developed by all people using their purest and most unselfish minds."

--Lorraine Canoe/Tom Porter, MOHAWK

The Native way is to first focus on decisions that will be good for the people and then for yourself. Righteousness means "to think right." Our way is to consider the good of all first. This helps our minds to be unselfish and pure. This it he spiritual way. This can be very hard to do because the world we live in says to take care of yourself first. A man of God cannot be taken advantage of unless it is the will of the Creator. The Creator really controls everything. To have a good future, the people must gather in a circle and pray for the highest good for the people.

Great Mystery, today let me love instead of being loved. Le me be giving instead of receiving. Show me the advantages of having a giving heart.

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Elders Meditation - January 7th January 07, 2009 10:29 AM

".when we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things." -

-Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA

If we want to be of maximum use to the Creator, we must ready ourselves to do so. if we are to become a channel for His purposes, we must prepare ourselves to do so. If we have resentment, fear, selfishness, or anger, we are not hollow bones. We must be rid of these things. We must change ourselves. We must ask for forgiveness for ourselves and forgive our brothers and sisters. We must keep our insides clean. We cannot use our power in a good way when we have blockages such as hate, judgement and envy. When we are free of these things the Higher Powers can use us beyond our wildest imagination. Then we can really help ourselves and help our people. Only when we are hollow bones can we have an effect on the world.

Oh Great Spirit, remove from me the things that block my usefulness to You. Remove from my day all thinking that is out of harmony with Your ways. Grant me Your peace and allow me to function as a hollow bone.

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 January 01, 2009 3:42 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 1

".because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being."

--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, "This isn't going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?" When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!

Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.

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 December 27, 2008 10:06 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 27

"When temptation comes, I don't say, `Yes," and I don't say, `No.' I say, `Later,' I just keep walking the Red Road-down the middle. When you're in the middle, you don't go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist."

--Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA

We need to practice controlling our focus. Whatever we focus on we become. We also become whatever we practice. We need to focus on balance. Whenever something comes along to tilt us off balance, we need to be grateful, because it allows the opportunity to practice our focus. Sometimes this is called temptation. Temptation in itself is not bad. What really counts is what we do with it when it happens. We need to practice controlling our focus and keeping our thinking focused on the Red Road.

Great Spirit, today, guide me through my temptations and allow me to focus on the Red Road.


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 December 24, 2008 2:23 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 24

"Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life." --Fools Crow, LAKOTA

We are created by God to be vision people. First we set the goal and then we see. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality. If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?

Great Spirit, let my visions today be Your vision. Put within me a vision of the being you would have me be. Then help me to keep the vision in my mind.

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 December 15, 2008 1:32 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 15

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"People are equal partners with the plants and animals, not their masters who exploit them."

--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

As human beings, we are not above anything nor are we below anything. Because of being equal, we need to discuss a little about the value of respect. Not just respect when it comes to human beings, but respect when it comes to everything. We are not masters over things; we are caretakers for the Great Spirit. We need to treat all things with respect.

Great Spirit, let me accept and see all things as equal.

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 December 14, 2008 10:54 AM

Elders Meditation of the Day-December 14

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"Male and female is fundamental to life; partners in work to be done." --Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman,

Traditional Circle of Elders The Great Spirit created a system which would allow us to reproduce, to have companionship, to love, to laugh, to cry and be happy. Man and Woman each have gifts the other doesn't have. But, together they have these gifts to share with each other. The Great Spirit made it this way. So let us treat each other with respect. Let us look upon each other in a sacred way.

Grandfather, Grandmother, bring the spirits to teach us. 


 

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 December 04, 2008 2:46 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 4

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"In the end I tell my children, there's no way I can tell you how to be an Acoma, how to be an Indian. You have to experience it." --Stanley Paytiamo, ACOMA PUEBLO

Each person must make their own journey. It is like every human is given a life canoe. The canoe has one seat and one paddle. In order to get anything out of life we must be in the canoe and we must paddle down the river of life. Now, I can share with you how my journey has been, but I cannot paddle your canoe. You must paddle your own. 

Creator, I'm so glad I have You to guide my path.

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 November 28, 2008 10:06 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 28

"People say that crisis changes people and turns ordinary people into wiser or more responsible ones." --Wilma Mankiller, CHEROKEE

There is a saying, conflict precedes clarity. The Medicine Wheel teachings say, in order for something to change it must first go through a struggle. When a crisis enters our lives, other powers are there to help us. We will learn some lessons. Will I honor and respect the next crisis?

Great Spirit, if a crisis occurs today, let me learn the lessons of wisdom.

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 November 24, 2008 10:47 AM

This is not a normal Elders Meditation but as a personal favor I ask each of you to meditate on what I am posting today.

Native American Indian Heritage Day passed into law      

Friday after Thanksgiving will be designated as day of tribute

WASHINGTON – The National Indian Gaming Association acknowledges the passing into law of H. J. Res. 62, which designates the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day 2008.

The Native American Heritage Day 2008 Bill, which is supported by the National Indian Gaming Association, National Congress of American Indians, (NCAI) and Indian tribes across the country, encourages the people of the United States, as well as the federal, state and local governments and interested groups and organizations to observe Native American Heritage Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. The Resolution was introduced by Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) who helped move the Resolution through the Senate.  

NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. said, “This is a great moment for Indian country.  Signing this bill into law officially recognizes, remembers and formally celebrates the history, achievements and certainly the major contributions to the American democracy by Native America.

“This law encourages the United States to honor Native America by celebrating Native American Heritage Day in all of your communities as a way to create stronger public awareness and understanding of Indian country, our culture, traditions, language and the strength, honor and patriotism, of our people.”

Chairman Stevens praised Congressman Baca and Senator Inouye who were instrumental in the passage of this act in the 110th Congress.  He also commended the efforts of NCAI and President Joe Garcia for joining NIGA in this effort.

The Native American Heritage Day Act 2008

• Designates Friday, November 28, 2008, as Native American Heritage Day

• Encourages the people of the United States, as well as federal, state and local governments and interested groups and organizations, to observe such day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities, including activities related to:

- The historical status of Native American tribal governments as well as the present day status of Native Americans;

- Native American cultures, traditions and languages; and

- The rich Native American cultural legacy

Presidents, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush signed proclamations designating the month of November as Native American Heritage Month in previous years. Passage and signing H.J. Res. 62, establishes into law for the year 2008 an official day of remembrance and recognition of Native Americans.

NIGA Executive Director Mark Van Norman said, “Native Americans have been seeking a day of recognition since 1912.  This day honors the original Native Americans, their strengths, wisdom and fight for freedom, and it recognizes the continued vitality and beauty of the Native American cultures.”


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 November 20, 2008 4:16 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 20

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"Money cannot buy affection." --Mangas Coloradas, APACHE

In these modern times we put too much emphasis on material things and on money. We believe that money is power. If we have money, people will respect us. If we have money, people will admire us. If we have money, we can have anything we want. Maybe we can purchase anything in the material world, but we cannot purchase anything in the Unseen World. The Unseen World is not for sale. It can only be given away. Love, affection, admiration, trust, respect, commitment -- these must be earned or given away. If we use these things from the Unseen World, we are using real power.

My Creator, let me demonstrate Your power today. Let me be loving to all I meet.


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 November 14, 2008 12:56 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 14

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"The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss."

--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA LAKOTA

Sometimes adults think they know more than the children. But the children are closer to the truth. Have you ever noticed how quickly they can let go of resentments? Have you ever noticed how free they are of prejudice? Have you ever noticed how well the children listen to their bodies? Maybe adults need to be more like children. They are so innocent. The children pray to the Creator and trust that He will take care of them.

Grandfather, today let the children be my teacher.

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 November 13, 2008 4:23 PM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 13 

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"My Grandfather survived on this earth without using anything that did not go back into the earth. The whole world could learn from that."

--Floyd Westerman, SIOUX

Our grandfathers knew how to live in harmony. They did not create poisons or technologies that destroyed things. They did not make their decisions based on greed or for selfish reasons. They did not take more then they used. Their thoughts and actions were about respect. The Elders conducted themselves in a respectful way. We need to consider our actions around respect for Mother Earth.

My Creator, have the grandfathers teach us today about the old ways.

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 November 10, 2008 11:35 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 10

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"The battle for Indian children will be won in the classroom, not on the streets or on horses. The students of today are our warriors of tomorrow."
--Wilma P. Mankiller, CHEROKEE

The world is constantly changing. One of the strengths of Indian people has been our adaptability. In today's world, education is what we need to survive. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists. We can become these things and still live in a cultural way. We need to live in two worlds; the educated world and the Indian cultural world. Education will help protect our land, our people's health, and provide knowledge for our people. We must teach reading, writing and arithmetic. Also, we must teach the language, the culture, the ceremony and the tradition of our people.

Creator, let me remember You are my teacher.

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 November 07, 2008 1:22 PM

Elders Meditation of the day November 7

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"Abuse and repression have no place in a traditional family."

--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

Traditional families guided by their culture were taught how to live. The were taught about relationships, respect and spirituality. Only since alcohol was introduced to Indians have we seen physical abuse, sexual abuse and verbal abuse. These behaviors have no room in traditional families. The cycle of abuse must be broken during this generation. We do this by asking for help to quit drinking and abusing and return to our traditional culture and spirituality.

Creator, plant inside of me the knowledge of the traditional family

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 November 04, 2008 11:21 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 4

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"The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman. Walk the good road.... Be dutiful, respectful, gentle and modest my daughter... Be strong with the warm, strong heart of the earth. No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored, or dead upon the ground. Be strong and sing the strength of the Great Powers within you, all around you."

--Village Wise Man, SIOUX

The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle and modest.

Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.

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 October 28, 2008 10:33 AM

 Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 28

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"Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot we have one of our own?" --Sitting Bull, HUNKPAPA LAKOTA

The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the Indian people, he revealed that the Creator is in everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The woods are alive. The mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great Spirit's breath is in everything and that's why it's alive. All of nature is our church, we eat with our families in church, we go to sleep in church.

My Creator, let us leave people to worship You in the way You have taught them.

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 October 09, 2008 3:56 PM

                        The Art Of Manifestation
                       (or The Law Of Attraction)

 

The 'Art' of Manifestation is really not based on talent and skill, but the simple recognition of the most fundamental universal law.



The Universe supplies exactly and absolutely what you perceive your reality to be, that is to say, what you believe in.



If your appeal is "I want ...", then it gives you precisely that, more of WANT, and not WHAT you want, for your reality is that you WANT.



Rather, state the most powerful words in existence: "I AM...", and then add what you perceive yourself to be and KNOW that it already IS. Do not hope or wish for - simply know that it already IS and give thanks.



The immediacy of the intended manifestation is in direct proportion to the FEELING with which you charge your thoughts and words. As you still believe in time, it may take a little time to translate into the physical, but it MUST manifest.



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 October 08, 2008 9:33 AM

Be A Winner


  The Winner is always part of the answer
The Loser is always part of the problem


The Winner always has a program
The Loser always has an excuse


The Winner says "Let me do it for you"
The Loser says "That's not my job"


The Winner sees an answer for every problem
The Loser sees a problem for every answer


The Winner sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser sees two or three sand traps near every green


The Winner says "It may be difficult but it's possible"
The Loser says "It may be possible but it's too difficult"

 



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 October 02, 2008 6:42 PM

The universe supports the reality of your beliefs absolutely.

When   you  believe
you  must  struggle  for  abundance,
then  it  will bring  about  situations  that  are
conducive  to  struggle;  when  you  believe  you  cannot
experience love without pain, the universe will give you exactly
that - love with pain; when you believe it takes time for an illness
to heal - then so it will. There is not a single force opposing you,
there is only ONE force supporting you absolutely. It is called
LOVE, the force that birthed you, that created you in its
own image. This love is so magnanimous it will give
you exactly and absolutely whatever it is
that your reality entails.

Change your beliefs and you change your reality.
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 September 18, 2008 2:35 PM

Thursday, September 18, 2008 Always something There is always something positive that you can do. On the best of days, or in the most challenging of circumstances, you can choose to move forward.

Conditions are not as bad as they seem, nor are conditions as good as they appear. Conditions are whatever you choose to make of them.

It's up to you to take the energy of this day and give it a specific direction. Though circumstances are constantly changing, you can always choose to move in the direction of your dreams.

Of course there are complications, challenges and obstacles. And you can use them all to create your own path forward.

You are in control of your thoughts and actions. That's a powerful place from which to operate, no matter what the outside circumstances may be.

There is always something positive, productive, enriching and fulfilling that you can do. Get up, get going, and make a difference in your own special way.

-- Ralph Marston

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 August 17, 2008 1:43 PM

Darts

 A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a Seminary Class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith.

She says Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture. Sally's girlfriend drew a picture of a girl who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased at the overall effect she had achieved. The class lined up and began throwing darts, with much laughter and hilarity. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn,and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall. Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus.....

A complete hush fell over the classroom as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced. Dr. Smith said only these words..... "In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew 25:40

No other words were necessary; the tear-filled eyes of each student focused only on the picture of Christ.


Author: Unknown

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You are one of a kind and there will never be another like you March 30, 2008 12:45 PM

The universe consists of many things great and small but there are no two things that are identical.. 
 
In all of the universe there is only one earth on which there are many varied things and none of them are the same..There are no grains of sand, snowflake,rain drop,flying creature,water creature or land creature that is identical..You are unique in all the universe therefore you are not one in a million or billion you are really the only one ever created..
 
You make a difference in the universe and if you were not living there would be a void in the universe..One person does make a difference,,I have often heard someone say I am only one person and what I say or do does not matter..People who say that are far from being right....
 
One person does make a difference..There are many names throughtout history of one person who did make a difference..Abraham of Ur made a difference and he was the father of many nations..Moses an adopted son of the king of ancient Egypt made a huge difference in not only the children of Israel but of all mankind..King David regardless of whether or not he actually lived made a difference as did his son Soloman..
 
 Prince Siddhartha,known as Lord Buddha,originator of the Buddhist Faith, had a very big effect on the world of his era as well as the eras that followed.. There should be no doubt in anyones mind that Yeshua Bar Joseph,commonally known as Jesus The Christ,praise his holy name,The originator of the Christian faith, whether or not you believe he was the son of God, made a tremendous difference..The Prophet Mohammad,Glory be his Name, The prophet and originator of the Muslim faith,regardless of whether you do or do not follow his teaching made a big difference not only in the Arab world but throughout the world..Mírzá Husayn-`Alí Nuri best known as Baha'u'llah or The Glory of God originator of the Bahai faith..
 
There have been thousands if not millions of people who alone made a lasting difference in the world and if they had not been born the world we live in and the universe itself as we know it would not exist..
 
You are important to me and not only me but to the entire universe..Your uniqueness makes you one of a kind..There was no person like you before you came into existence and there will never be anyone like you again..Please always remember you are important to all that was created,the earth and the universe because you are the first and only one of your kind who existed and there will never be another like you ever again..
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 February 20, 2008 7:28 AM

Don't live half-heartedly and don't just let life happen to you.

Create your reality ... Become your dream!

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 February 08, 2008 7:02 AM

The Invitation

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.


It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

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Worry is a negative thought. December 26, 2007 3:31 PM

 If you dwell on what you don't want to have or don't want to happen, without knowing, you are putting negative thoughts into your mind. Get rid of them and replace them with positive thinking. That whatever you may get or want will be taken care of in a positive manner. How many times have you thought or worried yourself right into something you did not want? If you think honestly, I am sure you will remember something. I have heard people say many times, I was afraid this would happen or I knew this would happen. For some reason the majority of us tend to dwell on the bad or unfortunate occurrences in life. We are glad for the good things but we don't seem to dwell on them like we do when something goes wrong. We seem to slip into a negative thinking mode without even realizing it. When you catch yourself thinking about how bad your life is, stop and turn it into something positive. Tell yourself there is always room for change. Don't blame others for the pedicament you are in. You are the one who put yourself here and you can get yourself out. You are what you think, so think good thoughts and know you have the power to change your life.

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 September 15, 2007 1:13 AM

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 September 12, 2007 9:47 AM

wealth lost nothing lost, health lost you lost somrthing but charecter lost than you lost everything  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 12, 2007 9:45 AM

you cannot change the world but you can change yourself  thats for sure.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Attitude September 03, 2007 12:23 PM

Attitude, After All, Is Everything
(Author Unknown)

Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business...he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Jerry continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'BULLETS!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead'."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

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Don't waste time trying to always be perfect September 03, 2007 12:20 PM

Quote for Your Week of September 3, 2007
"If you spend time getting ready to be perfect and do not start out to accomplish your dreams,
you will find out later that you could have accomplished your dream if you had just acted."

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 February 21, 2007 7:06 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, February 21, 2007.
"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.— Theodore Roosevelt"

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 February 20, 2007 5:21 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, February 20, 2007.
"Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.— Albert Einstein"

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Daria thank you so much for these wonderful inspiring quotes! February 19, 2007 3:25 PM

You made my Evening Brighter!!!!!!!!!!!Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 19, 2007 6:16 AM

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 February 19, 2007 6:14 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, February 19, 2007.
"There"s no escaping it, the common denominator in each and every relationship in our life is: OURSELVES. The person I am today is a direct result of my past experiences and the fact that I chose to pay attention and learn. When we stay conscious, we eventually recognize the gifts that our relationships offer.— Chelle Thompson, Inspiration Line"

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Thank You Sweet sis Daria for your beautiful Motivational thoughts and quotes Posts! February 18, 2007 11:59 AM

Thanks for lighting up my Spirit and giving me hope.

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 February 14, 2007 9:41 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, February 14, 2007.
"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.— Alexander Smith"

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 February 13, 2007 5:59 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, February 13, 2007.
"We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympatheticlookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.— Henry Ward Beecher"

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 February 12, 2007 6:02 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, February 12, 2007.
"Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.— Calvin Coolidge"

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 February 11, 2007 6:32 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, February 11, 2007.
"Light tomorrow with today.— Elizabeth Barrett Browning"

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 February 10, 2007 4:14 PM

We also often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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 February 10, 2007 7:15 AM

when your heart says something to do than follow it, at that time never think by mind because mind put you in doublemind.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 10, 2007 6:28 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, February 10, 2007.
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.— Ralph Waldo Emerson"

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 February 09, 2007 5:55 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, February 9, 2007.
"When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.— Charles R. Swindoll"

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 February 08, 2007 12:02 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, February 8, 2007.
"Take one thing with another, and the world is a pretty good sort of a world, and it is our duty to make the best of it, and be thankful.— Benjamin Franklin"

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 February 07, 2007 10:50 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, February 7, 2007.
"Stick with the optimists. It"s going to be tough enough even if they"re right.— James Reston"

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 February 04, 2007 10:41 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, February 4, 2007.
"Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?— Robert Browning"

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 February 03, 2007 8:45 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, February 3, 2007.
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.— Corrie Ten Boom"

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 February 02, 2007 1:59 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, February 2, 2007.
"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.— Eleanor Roosevelt"

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 February 01, 2007 2:05 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, February 1, 2007.
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.— Albert Einstein"

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Thank you my sis Daria! This thread is very healing for me. February 01, 2007 4:22 AM

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 January 30, 2007 9:46 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, January 30, 2007.
"What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.— Jean-Paul Sartre"

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 January 29, 2007 7:07 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, January 29, 2007.
"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.— Epictetus"

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 January 28, 2007 7:01 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, January 28, 2007.
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.— Marcel Proust"

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inspiration of pleasure January 26, 2007 8:57 AM

never run after what you want, but just stay where you are , because it is like shadow of your own that you want to catch up and run after it , it will always ahead of you, when you tired of running and stand there you find shadow is so near to you, just sit and touch it,  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
inspiration of pleasure January 26, 2007 8:29 AM

never find pleasure outside, pleasure is within you. if you have pleasure in your heart , you makes other happy ,

                            by bharat n.

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 January 25, 2007 9:08 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, January 26, 2007.
"The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.— Kahlil Gilbran"

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 January 25, 2007 12:54 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, January 25, 2007.
"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.— Ziggy"

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 January 24, 2007 10:16 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, January 24, 2007.
"We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control life"s difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can … our attitude.— John Maxwell (Developing the Leader Within You)"

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 January 23, 2007 8:16 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, January 23, 2007.
"Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.— Denis Waitley"

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 January 20, 2007 2:31 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, January 20, 2007.
"What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.— C. S. Lewis"

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 January 19, 2007 6:05 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, January 19, 2007.
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.— Merry Browne"

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 January 18, 2007 9:01 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, January 18, 2007.
"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.— Hans Margolius"

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 January 17, 2007 7:38 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, January 17, 2007.
"You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.— Darwin P. Kingsley"

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Thank you sis!!!! Hit Home for me!!! Love ya Essie January 17, 2007 7:10 AM

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 January 16, 2007 11:17 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, January 16, 2007.
"Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.— William James"

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Daria thank you so much for these wonderful inspiring quotes! January 12, 2007 4:11 PM

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 January 11, 2007 7:06 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, January 11, 2007.
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.— Martin Luther King Jr."

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 January 10, 2007 1:26 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, January 10, 2007.
"The world does not have to change.... The only thing that has to change is our attitude.— Gerald Jampolsky"

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 January 08, 2007 2:52 PM

Essie  you're very welcome!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 08, 2007 2:51 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, January 8, 2007.
"If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.— Hazel Henderson"

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Daria thank you so much for these wonderful inspiring quotes! January 07, 2007 3:48 PM

They are inspiring me. I thank you with my heart and soul.Essie Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 07, 2007 10:16 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, January 7, 2007.
"The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.— Charles Swindoll"

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 January 05, 2007 7:53 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, January 5, 2007.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.— Sir Winston Churchill"

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 January 04, 2007 10:30 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, January 4, 2007.
"If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won"t, you most assuredly won"t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.— Denis Waitley"

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 January 03, 2007 9:55 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
"My grandma was always "biding her time" until she could get to Heaven. In the meantime, her life was fairly miserable and she treated my mother abusively. I learned a valuable lesson, however: Create as much Heaven on Earth as possible with everyone near and dear.— Chelle Thompson, Inspiration Line"

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Thank you sis!!!! Hit Home for me!!! Love ya Essie January 02, 2007 5:39 PM

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 January 02, 2007 2:00 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.— Michael Pritchard"

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 January 01, 2007 12:02 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, January 1, 2007.
"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.— William James"

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Re: [Positive Energy Vibes !] Inspirational/Motivational Thoughts and Quotes 3 December 30, 2006 11:49 PM

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 December 30, 2006 8:05 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, December 30, 2006.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson"

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 December 22, 2006 7:05 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, December 22, 2006.
"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is often nothing more than a decision.— Thomas Carlyle"

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 December 21, 2006 4:19 AM

You're welcome, Essie!

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 December 21, 2006 4:17 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, December 21, 2006.
"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.— Walt Disney"

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Thank you sweet sis Daria I need these beautiful quotes for my spirit. love ya your sis Essie December 15, 2006 12:57 PM

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great thoughts December 15, 2006 9:04 AM

i love all th thought anf  like the pictures of the fairy and bears  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 December 15, 2006 6:49 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, December 15, 2006.
"Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be. — Clementine Paddleford"

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 December 13, 2006 9:52 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, December 14, 2006.
"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. — Ralph Waldo Emerson"

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 December 13, 2006 4:52 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, December 13, 2006.
"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. — Mother Teresa"

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Thank you sis!!!! Hit Home for me!!! Love ya Essie December 12, 2006 12:10 PM

Thank you....You inspire me Daria, and lift my spirits. love ya your sis Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you sis!!!! Hit Home for me!!! Love ya Essie December 12, 2006 12:10 PM

Thank you....You inspire me Daria, and lift my spirits. love ya your sis Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 December 12, 2006 5:40 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, December 12, 2006.
"The goal of compassion is not to care because someone is like us but to care because they are themselves. — Mary Lou Randour"

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Daria hits home for me once again.love ya and hugs.Essie December 06, 2006 1:41 PM

Smile Of The Month Essie!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 December 06, 2006 9:12 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, December 6, 2006.
"People are very open-minded about new things — as long as they're exactly like the old ones. — Charles F. Kettering"

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Thank you beautiful! I needed to see this.love ya Essie December 05, 2006 9:22 AM

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 December 05, 2006 5:21 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, December 5, 2006.
"Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open. — Sir James Dewar"

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 December 04, 2006 5:43 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, December 4, 2006.
"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can DO wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.— Mark Twain"

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 December 03, 2006 6:11 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, December 3, 2006.
"Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn't taken the time adequately to understand. — Robert R. Brown"

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 December 01, 2006 7:55 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, December 1, 2006.
"Mankind"s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.— Milan Kundera"

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 November 30, 2006 10:10 AM


  "You must be the change 
         that You wish to see in the world."

                        (Mahatma Ghandi)

     Mahatma Ghandi
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Small edit for Euripides November 30, 2006 7:59 AM

...or wise woman!

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It's all about balance! November 30, 2006 7:57 AM

"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."

---- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

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 November 29, 2006 7:27 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, November 29, 2006.
"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. — George Washington Carver"

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Thank you for the beautiful Enchanting Link!!! November 28, 2006 6:24 PM

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 November 28, 2006 1:31 PM

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 November 28, 2006 1:11 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, November 28, 2006.
"Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don"t become great overnight. They also lose a lot of leaves, branches and bark in the process of becoming great.— Andrew Matthews"

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Thank you for all the beautiful Inspirational Postings! November 13, 2006 11:03 AM

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 November 13, 2006 9:48 AM

In order to succeed, you must know what you are doing, like what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing. – Will Rogers  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 13, 2006 6:05 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, November 13, 2006.
"No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.— Eric Hoffer"

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 November 11, 2006 9:14 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, November 11, 2006.
"If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe"

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Thank you sweet sis Dian! November 10, 2006 9:21 AM

You have made my day!!!! I needed to read these beautiful Quotes, You have lifted my spirits. Gracias mi Amiga.Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 10, 2006 6:30 AM

Montaigne: Motivational Thought Quotes
The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.

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 November 10, 2006 6:28 AM

The only thing that stands between
a woman and what she truly wants from life
is often merely the will to try it
and the faith to believe
that it is possible!
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 November 10, 2006 6:24 AM

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 November 10, 2006 5:12 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, November 10, 2006.
"If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.— Loretta Girzartis"

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 November 08, 2006 10:15 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, November 8, 2006.
"The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another"s existence.— Sue Atchley Ebaugh"

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 November 07, 2006 7:32 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, November 7, 2006.
"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible.— Virginia Satir"

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 November 04, 2006 2:40 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, November 4, 2006.
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. — Patanjali"

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 November 02, 2006 6:03 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, November 2, 2006.
"In everyone"s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.— Albert Schweitzer"

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 November 01, 2006 4:35 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, November 1, 2006.
"Appreciation can make a day — even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.— Margaret Cousins"

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 October 31, 2006 10:25 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, October 31, 2006.
"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you"ll be amazed at the results.— Gen. George Patton"

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 October 25, 2006 7:08 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, October 25, 2006.
"An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so.— Shakti Gawain"

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 October 23, 2006 10:21 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, October 23, 2006.
"The most powerful thing you can do to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, and reality to something more positive … and begin to act accordingly.— Shakti Gawain"

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 October 22, 2006 11:17 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, October 22, 2006.
"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.— Glenda Cloud"

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 October 21, 2006 8:01 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, October 21, 2006.
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I"ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don"t rhyme, and some stories don"t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what"s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.— Gilda Radner"

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 October 19, 2006 3:21 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, October 19, 2006.
"The art of living does not consist of preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.— Charles Langbridge Morgan"

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My Chemo Doses have been increased and trying to post all I can.love ya all.Essie October 18, 2006 12:54 PM

tdit Thanks Daria I needed these beautiful inspirational thoughts. love ya Essie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 18, 2006 7:24 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, October 18, 2006.
"If you keep on doing what you"ve always done, you"ll keep on getting what you"ve always got.— W.L. Bateman"

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 October 16, 2006 6:13 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, October 16, 2006.
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.— Nelson Mandela"

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 October 15, 2006 2:57 AM

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WALK IN BALANCE

We must learn to walk in balance
sacred steps to take
Weaving peace and understanding
through all that we create
A tapestry of love and light
finest threads of gold
Sacred flame ever burning bright
through all that we behold
When we learn to walk in balance
the healing will take place
The healing of this earth our mother
the healing of the human race
A tapestry of love and light finest threads of gold
sacred flame ever burning bright
through all that we behold.

-- Denean (Love and Light~Wolf Moondance)
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 October 13, 2006 11:08 AM

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 October 13, 2006 8:40 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, October 13, 2006.
"I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life — specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you"ll die if you venture too far.— Erica Jong"

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 October 11, 2006 7:43 AM

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 October 11, 2006 7:05 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, October 11, 2006.
"Judgmentalism assumes that you have the right to change someone else. Well, you don"t. You only have the right to choose how you will change and behave. Trust others to make their own choices. Put the accountability for another"s actions where it belongs, on the other person"s shoulders.— Vince Poscente"

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 October 10, 2006 6:33 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, October 10, 2006.
"Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.— Elaine St. James"

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 October 10, 2006 4:24 AM

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at
it.




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 October 09, 2006 7:03 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, October 9, 2006.
"Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.— John Dewey"

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Daria's at her daughter's wedding so......... October 04, 2006 8:43 AM

In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles

-- David Ben-Gurion

The most important medicine is tender love and care

-- Mother Teresa

It is a curious thing in human experience but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person creates a bond which nothing seems able to break

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a succession of lessons which we must lived to be understood

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself

-- Claude M. Bristol

Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - discrepancies in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time, but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way

-- Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.

There is in the worst of fortunes the best changes for a happy change

-- Euripides

Happiness isn't about what happens to us - it's about how we perceive what happens to us. It's the knack of finding a positive for every negative, and viewing a setback as a challenge. If we can just stop wishing for what we don't have, and start enjoying what we do have, our lives can be richer; more fulfilled - and happier. The time to be happy is now

-- Lynn Peters

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, "You Learn by Living," 1960

Your life, your achievement, your happiness, your person are of paramount importance. Live up to your highest vision of yourself no matter what the   circumstances you might encounter.

  -- Ayn Rand, novelist/philosopher, from "Ayn Rand: a sense of life" by   Michael Paxton

Liberal education develops a sense of right, duty and honor; and more and more in the modern world, large business rests on rectitude and honor as well as good judgement.

  -- Charles W. Eliot
 

 Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.

  -- Seneca

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 October 02, 2006 11:44 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, October 2, 2006.
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right. — Mahatma Gandhi"

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 October 01, 2006 1:48 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, October 1, 2006.
"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.— Antoine de Saint Exupery"

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Amen! Sweet Sis! September 30, 2006 9:30 AM

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 September 30, 2006 9:26 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, September 30, 2006.
"Four Lessons on Life 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Don’t complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder; they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.— Warren Wiersbe"

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 September 29, 2006 7:47 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, September 29, 2006.
"We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived."— M. Scott Peck"

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 September 28, 2006 12:28 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, September 28, 2006.
"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.— Chief Seattle"

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 September 27, 2006 6:10 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, September 27, 2006.
"Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.— Wayne Dyer"

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Daria! Thank you so much. Hits home for me right now. missed you and love ya sis. Essie September 26, 2006 5:23 PM

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 September 26, 2006 5:01 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, September 26, 2006.
"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. — Mary Manin Morrissey"

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 September 24, 2006 10:15 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, September 25, 2006.
"A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.— Rita Mae Brown"

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 September 13, 2006 7:19 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, September 13, 2006.
"Life is the sum of your choices.— Albert Camus"

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Worth sharing with my friends~have a great day~copied from another group September 12, 2006 9:06 AM

WHEN YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT IN YOUR STRUGGLE FOR SELF
AND THE WORLD MAKES YOU QUEEN FOR THE DAY
JUST GO TO THE MIRROR AND LOOK AT YOURSELF,
AND SEE WHAT
THAT WOMAN HAS TO SAY



FOR IT ISN'T JUST YOUR HUSBAND OR FAMILY OR FRIEND
WHO JUDGEMENT UPON YOU MUST PASS:
THE WOMANS WHOSE VERDICT COUNTS MOST IN THE END
IS THE ONE STARING BACK FROM THE GLASS.

SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK YOU A STRAIGHT-SHOUTIN' CHUM
AND CALL YOU A PERSON OF PLACE
BUT THE WOMAN IN THE GLASS SAYS YOU'R ONLY A BUM
IF YOU CAN'T LOOK HERE STRAIGHT IN THE FACE.

SHE'S THE WOMAN TO PLEASE, NEVER MIND ALL THE REST
FOR SHE'S WITH YOU CLEAR UP TO THE END,
AND YOU'VE PASSED THE MOST DANGEROUS, DIFFICULT TEST
IF THE WOMAN IN THE GLASS IS YOUR FRIEND.

YOU MAY FOOL THE WHOLE WORLD DOWN THE PATHWAY OF YEARS
AND GET PATS ON THE BACK AS YOU PASS,
BUT YOUR FINAL REWARD WILL BE HEARTACHES AND TEARS
IF YOU CHEATED THE WOMAN IN THE GLASS.

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Thank you sweet sis Daria! Hit Home for me. Hugs and love ya Essie September 12, 2006 4:46 AM

Essie

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 September 12, 2006 1:59 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, September 12, 2006.
"It is raining still... Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I"ll go for a walk with my umbrella.— Sun-Young Park"

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 September 11, 2006 9:04 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, September 11, 2006.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.— Carl Sandburg"

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Beautiful Thread! September 02, 2006 7:36 PM

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 September 02, 2006 6:43 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, September 2, 2006.
"I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.— Elbert Hubbard"

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 September 01, 2006 7:11 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, September 1, 2006.
"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.— Charles Schwab"

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 August 31, 2006 4:40 PM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, August 31, 2006.
"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.— Virginia Satir"

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 August 29, 2006 12:27 PM

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 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, August 29, 2006.
"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.— Mother Tesesa"

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 August 28, 2006 3:11 PM

Love ya Daria! You have once again inspired me*yayabighug.gif*  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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 August 28, 2006 10:29 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, August 28, 2006.
"Try to make at least one person happy every day. … If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!— Lawrence G. Lovasik"

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Thank you beautiful! I needed to see this.love ya Essie August 26, 2006 1:07 PM

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 August 26, 2006 1:05 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, August 26, 2006.
"We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds — resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.— Saint Augustine"

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 August 25, 2006 12:46 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, August 25, 2006.
"One kind word can warm three winter months.— Japanese Proverb"

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Thank you beautiful! I needed to see this.love ya Essie August 24, 2006 5:08 PM

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 August 24, 2006 10:01 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, August 24, 2006.
"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It"s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.— Leo Buscaglia"

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 August 22, 2006 9:35 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, August 23, 2006.
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.— His Holiness The Dalai Lama"

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 August 01, 2006 8:19 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, August 1, 2006.
"If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.— Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu"

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 July 31, 2006 8:03 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, July 31, 2006.
"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.— Thomas Jefferson"

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 July 30, 2006 6:52 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, July 30, 2006.
"Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.... never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.... Your success and happiness lie in you.... The great enduring realities are love and service.... Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.— Helen Keller"

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 July 27, 2006 11:19 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, July 27, 2006.
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.— Arthur Rubinstein"

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 July 26, 2006 7:06 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.— Albert Camus"

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 July 25, 2006 7:15 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, July 25, 2006.
"Where fear is, happiness is not.— Seneca"

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 July 20, 2006 4:00 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, July 20, 2006.
"This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.— George Bernard Shaw"

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 July 19, 2006 11:34 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, July 19, 2006.
"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.— Epictetus"

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 July 18, 2006 7:16 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, July 18, 2006.
"There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.— Henry David Thoreau"

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 July 15, 2006 1:22 PM

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that
what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.

~Epicurus


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 July 15, 2006 10:31 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, July 15, 2006.
"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. — Henri Nouwen"

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 July 14, 2006 1:20 PM

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and
the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a
wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple
life.




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 July 14, 2006 12:17 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, July 14, 2006.
"I"ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.— Martha Washington"

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 July 13, 2006 1:16 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, July 13, 2006.
"I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.— Booker T. Washington"

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 July 12, 2006 4:44 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, July 12, 2006.
"Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the raging storm and not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the blossoms.— Ding Ling"

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 July 11, 2006 7:17 PM

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 July 11, 2006 5:04 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, July 11, 2006.
"Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself.— Norman Vincent Peale"

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 July 10, 2006 3:44 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Monday, July 10, 2006.
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.— James Oppenheim"

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 July 07, 2006 7:05 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, July 7, 2006.
"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people brings happiness.— Rabbi Harold Kushner"

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 July 06, 2006 9:17 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, July 6, 2006.
"The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.— Charles Langbridge Morgan"

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 July 05, 2006 5:10 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Wednesday, July 5, 2006.
"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.— Henry Ward Beecher"

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 July 04, 2006 5:33 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Tuesday, July 4, 2006.
"Almost all unhappiness in life comes from the tendency to blame someone else. — Brian Tracey"

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 July 02, 2006 12:13 PM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Sunday, July 2, 2006.
"All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.— Lord Byron"

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 July 01, 2006 5:03 AM

Daily Inspirational Quote For Saturday, July 1, 2006.
"Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don"t even remember leaving open.— Rose Lane"

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 June 30, 2006 6:39 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Friday, June 30, 2006.
"To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy . . . is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.— Ralph Waldo Emerson"

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Inspirational/Motivational Thoughts and Quotes 3 June 29, 2006 5:46 AM

 Daily Inspirational Quote For Thursday, June 29, 2006.
"I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned. — Carol Burnett"

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