Every culture has its road maps, its pillars of wisdom teachings, its tenets and roadmaps for life. I recently came across the following ten Native American tribal teachings. Profound, simple, powerful they stand the test of time.
The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
She enfolds us in her blanket of green and blue
Her beauty is breath-taking
She gives selflessly
Bless , nurture and care for her
Honor your ancestors through your actions.
They have walked before us
It is their lives that teach us how to be
how not to be
Bless them for the gift they bestow
Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
The Unconditional Love of the Divine
bathes us in Grace
Mind, Body and Soul
Receive these gifts with thanks
Be they feathered, furred or finned
Be they clothed in leaves or skinned
Life is precious
to be treasured, cherished, enjoyed
Share the abundance she has to offer
leave for others’ needs
for joy and comfort
for replenishment and growth
Put the good of all before your own interests.
Acts of kindness, thoughtfulness and respect
see a need – meet it best you can
crying, laughing, sharing
heart to heart connection
Living in the Now
taking each step as though it were the first
surrendering to the wonder of the day
and all it has to offer
The wonder of you is a joy to behold
be silent together, be loud together
hold hands and walk together
Bless you for being you – perfect just as you are
Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
The flow of the day has a rhythm
of its own
match it, meet it
Gives thanks when turning in to rest
Enjoy life’s journey, but leave no tracks.
Life’s path twists and turns
Tread softly with peace in the heart
Grace and Gratitude as companions
© Raili Tanska