Walking the Red Road May 7
When we use water in the sweat lodge we should think of Wakan-Tanka who is always flowing, giving
His power and life to everything: we should even be as water which is lower than all things, yet
stronger than the rocks.
OGLALA SIOUX, 1863-1950
Meditations with Native American Elders-May 7
“We must all become caretakers of the Earth.”
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 United 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 care-taker
of the Earth?
Great Spirit, today, I will be aware of the Earth. I will be responsible.
A Cherokee Feast Of Days- May 7
If we ignore everything beautiful and look down the road to some future time, chances are it will
be the same. This is the time, the e to a, the now, the present, to see the dearness of other
people, the chance to be grateful—to enjoy. Why wait? Perfect times are elusive. They create an
atmosphere that life should be lived on some high emotional level instead of experiencing the most
ordinary times with the most extraordinary love. Time goes by. The peaks were not what made life
worthwhile—but the in-between times that gave us a chance to stand in the quiet of a wooded glen,
even if it is just in our hearts, and know that love made it all worthwhile. Love will continue to
make each a giant of peace in our souls. I want to tell you if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone
to be chief of this country it is myself.