"A Cherokee Feast Of Days".........October 2
- Sweet fragrance of the land, herbs androots and medicines long lost to the general popu-lace, are nonetheless as present as they always havebeen. We have been so taken with miracle cures,these things have been put away as folklore and notdependable. The simple people at one time had noother alternative--so runs the present-day popularnotion.Hard-fought battles over who is to pay forthe miracle medicines--and we are grateful formost of them--may turn a venturesome soul backto the soil and back to those things that heal a mindand body without being asked for proof of insur-ance. But one other thing far too ignored is thepower of prayer. No Indian is remiss in blessing hisbody and soul and spirit because he knows theywork together. His prayer is not now and again butregular and potent.The lack of respect for growing, living things soonled to lack of respect for humans too.LUTHER STANDING BEARLAKOTABy: Joyce Sequichie HiflerGod said he was the Father and theEarth was the Mother of mankind;that nature was the law; that the ani-mals and fish and plants obeyednature and that man only was sinful.This is the old law.-SMOWHALA,WANAPUMOn This Date inNative American HistoryOctober 2, 1978: The Federal Acknow-ledgment of Indian Tribes Act waspassed through Congress. The purposeof the legislation is to acknowledge theactual existence of certain AmericanIndian tribes within the United States.By: Terri JeanElder's Meditation of the Day - October 2
"Laughter - that is something very sacred especially for us Indians."
--John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA
Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual.Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction.If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension.If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system.Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.
Great Spirit, teach me to laughCourtesy of RedHawk 1920C/OGreat Spirit, grant me the strength of eagles wings,
the faith and courage to fly to new heights,
and the wisdom to rely on his spirit to carry me there.May we all live in peace, love and harmony experiencing each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
From My Heart,
© ~Barbara A Bailey~