These are times that produce tension on every side. We are sensitive to every abrasive remark - real or imagined. We know we can neither wisely withdraw from everything not continue the way we are. Then it is a matter of finding the center of our spiritual lives. Nothing so becomes us as stillness and serenity. A proverb says, "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and her paths are peace." But not outwardly at first. Time and prayer will relieve the pressure - and then comes peace.
~ When Usen created Apaches.... He taught them where to find the herbs, and how to prepare them for medicine. ~
GERONIMO - APACHE
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 17
"By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions, a person may be guided to safety."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
Be still and know. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power-not personal power, but the power of God. These four directions are emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. As our emotions get too far our of control, we simultaneously create an equivalent mental picture, our physical body fills with stress and tension, and we become spiritually confused. When we experience these uptight feelings, the best thing to do is mentally pause, slow down our thinking, breathe slowly, or pray and ask the spirits to help. Only when we approach the stillness of the mind do we get access to our spiritual guidance system. To be guided, let your mind be still.
Creator, today, let me reside in Your stillness.
'THINK on THESE THINGS'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Have you considered the effect your presence may have on the people around you? Do they need you? The answer is yes. We are somewhat selfish with our presence at times. We want to withdraw and think our own thoughts and read quietly rather than entertaining someone or just listening to them. But we never really know how much they need us, not to perform good deeds for their good, but only to be company to share a happening of the day.
Perhaps within their minds we can quiet some restlessness, assure them that they are needed or give them a feeling of tranquility. To many life is no simple matter, and to hear them out may be the remedy.
It has been said by a very wise man that if you never make a mistake you're not doing anything.
It is a relief to know that every day, without fail, we come in contact with people who put such confidence in us that we strive ever harder to never fail. Such people build human beings - and there is no job more worthy, or more creative.
Building character and confidence in fellow human beings is a delicate task.... For no two people respond in the same way. Challenges may be the way to boost up some individuals, while others may need encouragement and praise to guide them on the way. But, oh, how human we all are, having the need for accomplishment.... For attention.... For approval.
And how great the responsibility for leaders who must have the wisdom to inspire.... The integrity to trust.... The heart to understand. The race is hard for leader and follower, for each must understand the other - and there must be compassion for the slow, courage for the weak, and appreciation for the loyal. To follow one must be secure, to lead one must be very wise.
It should be the practice of all of us that when we hear something complimentary about someone to tell them. It is so true that man does not live by bread alone, and to be recognized in having done something that rated approval is a very great reward.
Nothing so builds character in children than to let them know someone believes they have a fine potential. That feeling that "someone believes in me" can be the very thing that will anchor their faith deep in hope for humanity.
To be able to see the good acts of others renders service to ourselves. Swiss theologian John Casper Lavater once said, "He is incapable of a truly good action who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the good actions of others."
Appreciation for the achievement of others is akin to sunshine - we simply can't help it shine on other people without feeling the glow ourselves.