The 4 Essential Bones
Indigenous peoples say that in order to return to our true nature, we must befriend four essential symbolic bones in our body. All four bones are needed to fully develop our character, dispel cynicism, and cultivate wisdom as we age.
Which of these four bones, with its essential character and qualities, needs strengthening or realignment?
Backbone: The quality of courage, to stand by one’s heart or core.
Wishbone: The quality of hope, to stay open to dreams, blessings, and possibilities.
Funny bone: The quality of humor, to foster joy and maintain flexibility.
Hollow bone : The quality of trust, to maintain openness, curiosity, and faith.
Adapted from The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Angeles Arrien. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien (Sounds True, 2005).