- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
It is said that pearls worn by a happy person have a warm and more
Pearls are like the gentle moments strung together for the happy person
- they cannot help but glow.
Gentle moments, like pearls, seem to be so few. Yet, how rich and warm
and beautiful they make our lives.
It takes only a few moments to enjoy a talk with someone about good
things instead of the bad; it takes only a few moments to drop a line to
a shut-in when attention means so much. It takes only a few moments to
see a sunset, or read a Scripture, or listen to a child talk.
It takes only a few moments to open the door to happiness. And if
happiness seems only a few moments long, so will trouble if we open the
door and let it out instead of harboring it.
Life is made up of a few moments all strung togther like pearls. Each
moment is a pearl, and it is up to us to pick the ones with the highest
luster. If we do not have time to do great things, take a few gentle
moments and do small things in a great way.
June 2 - Daily Feast
We can change things around us in a number of ways, but it is change in
ourselves that makes the biggest difference. To control the door to our
minds and decide clearly and precisely what we let in and what can be
put out is the beginning. When we are tired of the same dumb mistakes,
the same worn ideas, the need for change but nothing is done to start
it, then the time has come to see if we really have a goal at all. The
biggest obstacle is thinking we have gone too far to change. Clearly it
is an idea that should be put outside the mind and the door firmly
~ The path to glory is rough....may the Great Spirit shed light on
BLACK HAWK, 1833
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - June 2
"The Natural Law is the final and absolute authority governing E Te No
Ha, the earth we call our Mother."
--Traditional Circle of Elders
There is no power greater than the Natural Laws. These powers were set
up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access
to it, except by obeying. If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws,
our live will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress. If
we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the
Earth, we poison ourselves. As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves
and our children, even the children unborn. May we think about this
today and ask ourselves, "Are we holding and acting toward the Mother
Earth in a good way?"
teach me the
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
In the frantic search for something that has meaning to life, we have a
tendency to do a thing simply because everyone else is doing it. It
becomes a "thing," a fad that must be done to keep on the inside circle.
There's little originality, little thought, but a lot of following along
in beaten paths.
It is a mistaken idea to believe that all I see with my eyes and the
limits of my thinking are the limits of the world. There is a tremendous
interesting world out there never before investigated, and I am an
individual like no one else.
It is quite marvelous to break through the shell of the middling and to
discover the ability to see and feel, and to hear more keenly. Suddenly,
I can feel more kindly, not because of who I am on this earth, but
because I'm a child of God.
I can see more color, more light, more vision because I'm not being
shown, I'm discovering. My world is no longer based on passing fancies,
but on lasting built slowly within me, with love.
July 3 - Daily Feast
We are always rich when we have courage. It is not the circumstance in
which we find ourselves but how we handle it that makes the difference.
If nothing ever challenged us we might not know our strength - we might
never feel the power to overcome something that gives us courage to
tackle another o ta li, mountain. Giving up does not come on us
suddenly, but we cultivate it on a daily basis. Everything, success or
failure - or even mediocrity - settles on us as we get ready for it.
When we think and talk failure, it happens. When we think we can do
something, we can do it. It takes as much effort to lose as it does to
win - sometimes more. But to think courage, to think strength, is the
breath of life.
~ Why don't you talk and go straight and all will be well? ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 3
"When you are in the woods, you cannot ever be lost. You are surrounded
by friends and surrounded by God."
--Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
Every plant, every animal, every insect, every bird, every tree is made
up of God. God is life and everything is alive. When you are hunting,
remember all nature is your friend. All nature has purpose. All nature
participates in the life cycle. Nature communicates; Nature talks;
Nature listens; Nature forgives; Nature respects; Nature loves. Nature
lives in harmony. Nature follows the law. Nature is kind. Nature is
balance. The woods are alive and beautiful. She is our friend.
let me honor
and all the life
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