Food for thought – ancestral wisdom

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.

10 Ancestral Teachings

 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

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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

All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.

Be they feathered, furred or finned

Be they clothed in leaves or skinned

Life is precious

to be treasured, cherished, enjoyed

Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.

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


Give constant thanks for each new day.

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


Speak the truth; but only of good in others.

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

Steps for Peace

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” —John Muir, Our National Parks

32 thoughts on “Food for thought – ancestral wisdom

  1. It makes me sad to know how OUR native Americans were treated. Your native Australians were no better off, were they… Their philosophy is always so beautiful…

  2. There’s an interesting book called Cherokee Full Circle. Of course it includes a lot of this but the main focus is the centrality of family in all things. Peace, values, worship and appreciation of surroundings. Was an interesting take.

      1. Right! Why reinvent the wheel. Learn from the wise who have walked before us! Have a wonderful weekend! I had to peek in on you, Raili!

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