Archive for February, 2009

Meditations for a Snowy Morning

These were hijacked straight from “Native American Code of
Ethics” (http://www.echotacherokeewolfclan.com/id8.html).  I thought they deserved repeating here:

1. Rise with the sun to pray.  Pray often.  The Great Spirit will listen if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.  Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul.  Pray they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself.  Do not allow others to make your path for you.  It is your road, and yours alone.  Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guest in your home with much consideration.  Serve the best food, give them the best bed, and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is yours, whether from a person, a community, the wilderness, or a culture.  It was not earned or given.  It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed on Mother Earth — whether it be plant, animal, mineral, water, land or human.

7.  Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.  Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.  Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way.  The negative energy you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes.  All mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit.  Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a part of us.  We are one large family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future.  Plant love in their hearts and water it with wisdom and life’s lessons.  When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others.  The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times.  Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced.  Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self — all need to be strong, pure and healthy.  Work out the body to strengthen the mind.  Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ills.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react.   Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others.  Do not touch the personal property of others — especially the sacred and religious objects.  This is strictly forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first.  You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19.  Respect others religious beliefs.  Do not force your beliefs on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others.  Participate in charity.

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Just Maybe …

I took a walk through the garden aisles of our local store today.  Mmmm … the smell of topsoil, the allure of new garden toys … I’m sunk.

This time of year in Michigan is exciting and exhausting all in the same day.  Mother Nature yanks our chain by giving us a day or two of “almost spring,” then slaps us stupid with single digits again.  I hear the chick-a-dees tweet “where’s spring?” and my cabin-fever riddled soul screams the echo of that question.  I long for the dirt under my nails and the expectancy of the harvest to come to bounce around in my thoughts.  To spend two uninterrupted hours riding the lawn mower, thinking my own thoughts and listening to the oldies … heaven, I tell you.

Today, it rained as the thermometer hovered around 45.  I partook in my annual ritual of standing outside and breathing as deep as I could.  Around me, snow clung desperately to my lawn and the winter birds argued over the once-again filled bird feeder.  But something caught my attention enough to warrant another deep breath.

There is was … just a hint … could it be?  One more breathe confirmed the infinitesimal shard of hope I hold dogmatically inside.

Spring is on it’s way.