Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit                        images (40)

Whose voice I hear in the winds,

And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me, I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

f62be29bf3e8ba2ff3739268ae22f947--native-american-sayings-american-indiansMake my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

 

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,3b6f2341f9be56ec513da5b22529b265--native-americans-love-this

but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my Spirit may come to you without shame.

 

(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)

We are One

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As I look around me, I see many with smiles on their faces, yet others in a daze seem to be moving involuntarily, merely surviving life rather than living it.
Today with all the distractions of life, it is easy to get caught up in our own little world. Easy to turn a deaf ear to the cries for help, Easy to turn a blind eye to the wrongs we see committed, but the most harrowing of all is we find it easy to simply pretend our life is independent of all those around us, and our actions or lack there of only affect ourselves.
We are counted as many, yet in reality we are one. Our lives are entwined our destinies intermingled and yet our hearts we keep to ourselves. We may share it with our families, our children, our spouses and yet those who need our hearts the most we never give a second thought to.
We change ourselves and the world around us when we love unconditionally. Love is not just an action or word it’s the definition of humanity it’s the answer to the meaning of life and death. Turn off the television, put down the phones, close the books, and look inside ourselves. When we have truly become one with our self our capacity for love is beyond our own understanding, bridging the unity of all to one. Take your heart and the love over filling it and give it to all you know to all you see and most importantly to those who live in the creases of life that are not heard or seen by anyone.