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The 4 Essential Bones

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.

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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).

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1:58AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Thanks for the information.

10:49AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Never heard of the hollow bone

10:27AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012


10:45AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Well, those certainly weren't the bones I was expecting! ;-)

7:09AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

nice reminders of life essentials

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful, we need not be serious all of the time, what fun!

6:27PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Thank-you for the wonderful post. Nice that it wasn't a medical based one, rather one that provided food for thought.

9:12AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Yeah, not the type of article I was expecting.

2:18PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Interesting reading, though I do not accept the spiritual connection. I was expecting a genuinely medical article.

12:34PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thanks Annie. :)

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