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"THINK on THESE THINGS"
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
A lady of much wisdom has often remarked, "If you want to feel well all
the time and feel alive, you have to keep the rhythm in your body."
Rhythm, the gentle, easy flow of life.
Ordinarily we think of keeping time with music when we think of rhythm.
The very idea of allowing one's self the frivolity of feeling rhythm -
and such a wonderful idea!
There is an underlying rhythm to all of living. Wherever there is life,
there is that pulsating rhythm that has everything on the move. There is
harmony and there is a subtle smoothness to finding one's own pace. When
we get out of step and resist that pace, we have "one of those days"
when everything goes wrong.
William Shakespeare wrote, "The man that hath no music in himself, nor
is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons,
stratagems, and spoils; the motions of his spirit are dull as night, and
his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted."
August 5 - Daily Feast
Those who revel in working the world of the internet and e-mail have
believed they deleted certain things they sent out - but the words were
deleted only on the surface. These things can be retrieved and often
are. Indians have always known this to be true - that if you send out
any kind of word, it is frozen there in the ethers, forever preserved.
Silence is truly golden - though most of us discovered it after too many
things had been spoken. But if our remorse is genuine and we ask to be
forgiven, those words can become useless and irretrievable. It is
important that we remove the power of past words and replace them with
~ The first peace....is that which comes within the souls of men when
they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and
all its Powers. ~
BLACK ELK - LAKOTA
'A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II' by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - August 5
"It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for peace
we must willingly give ourselves to struggle."
--Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
The Grandfathers have taught us about sacrifice. We have been taught to
pray for the people in a pitiful way. Struggle and conflict is neither
good nor bad, it just is. Everything that grows experiences conflict.
When the deer is born it is through conflict. When the seed first grows,
it is through conflict. Conflict precedes clarity. Everything has the
seasons of growth. Recognize - acknowledge - forgive and change. All of
these things are done through conflict.
give me the
to see that
conflict are here
to teach me
lessons that are
a gift from you.