- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Leisure - what is it? It is that beautiful something that escapes us
most of the time. Leisure, like most everything else, can be found if we
truly want it. We seem to have the ability to do most of what we set our
minds to do, and the less important things can be set aside for this
We get pretty stale when we never take time to relax. A few hours of
getting away from even a beloved mahouse will make a new human being out
of a bundle of nerves.
Pursuit of leisure is to lose it. We can't suddenly say that th next
five minutes will be for complete relaxation. It takes that long to
begin to unwind. Gaiety and rhythm and frivolity are shunned by most
minds. But if there are none of these, even in the smallest amounts,
then leisure is more of a restless shuffling - like a night out with no
place to go.
We need to excerise out minds a little to achieve and goal, and leisure
is definitely a goal!
Tsi law 'nee
The Great Spirit made the Indians to be a single people, quite distinct
from white men and for different purposes.
TENSKAWATAWA - SHAWNEE PROPHET
April 1 - Daily Feast, Volume II
April! Golden girl of the year, clad in the newest shade of green with
meadow skirts strewn with every color and cradling nests of baby birds
close to your breast. Your jewels sparkle in the morning mist, long
strands of dew drops draping the fence rows and turning to emeralds and
rubies in early morning light. Tears come easily but you are often
laughing as you move through a range of temperatures that gives the
human spirit reason to celebrate. You are adored, sweet girl of spring,
for life the way you serve it.
~ My heart is filled with joy when I see you here, as the brooks fill
with water when the snow melts in spring. ~
PARRA-WA-SAMEN - COMANCHE, 1867
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 1
"People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
An Elder once said the most important thing you can do in the course of
a day is to pray. If we get up late or oversleep, which is more
important? Rush to work without praying or pray first and then go to
work? The Elders say it's more important to pray. If we get angry,
should we act on our anger or should we pray first? The Elders say it's
more important to pray first. If, during the day, we face indecision,
what should we do? PRAY. If, during the day, we become irritated or
we experience fear, what should we do first? PRAY. The Warrior who prays
first will lead a different life from those who pray last.
teach me to
- Hi All Donna will be posting the daily Meditation starting tomorrow i
will be on a vacation for until Sept 4th thank you Donna ~Will miss you
all ~Have a good summer Hugs~~~~~~~>Jeanne
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
We pray for a change, we hope for a change, but we wait impatiently. Is
God not hearing us? We asked. Where is the answers?
If our prayers were suddenly answered, would we be ready? Or would we
look behind us for the familiar things, the people, the habits, the
If we were instantly healed, instantly prospered, instantly sought after
and loved, then what would we do? Attention, compassion and self-pity
are sometimes more important than having everything changed for the
better. The fear of being without something to keep us working with the
same burden, dealing with familiar pain, can stop us from knowing what
it is to be free and well.
If we can envision life without a particular problem we can turn our
minds to real change and have it happen. If we can see change, receive
it, and know the joy, then gratitude and thanksgiving sets it in place.
July 30 - Daily Feast
We talk about choosing our friends, but true friends are self-selected.
It is they who decide to respond and by what method. And finally they
make themselves our friends by being loyal and having a genuine concern
for our well being - or allowing privacy when it is needed.
Acquaintances wait and judge. And sometimes it is better to be
acquaintances when we cannot find a common ground on which to be
friends. There is honesty in admitting we cannot be dear friends to all
people. But there is always something special. A friend is a unali -
without question or fear or concern for equal time. This is why friends
are dear to us. They have chosen to be so.
~ The white man does not obey the Great Spirit; that is why the Indian
never could agree with him. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 30
"You want to know who's a real medicine man? He's the one who doesn't
say 'I'm a medicine man.' He doesn't ask you to come to him. You've got
to go and ask him. And you'll find he's always there among his own
--Louis Farmer, ONONDAGA
The Medicine Man is a role model of what it is like to live in harmony
and balance with the Creator. It takes a long time, a lot of sacrifice
and discipline to become a Medicine Man. A Medicine Man is humble and
never crass about anything. He knows he lives to do the will of the
Great Spirit. He knows he is to help the people. He lives very low key -
the more low key he lives, the more people seek him out - and such is
life. The more one serves the people and is quiet about it, the more he
is sought out. The quieter he is, the more powerful is his medicine.
allow me this day
to be humble.
Allow me this day
not to seek attention,
but to live quietly
and keep my focus
on serving You.
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