Good morning. Another Monday...dreary, gray...much like I have been feeling inside. Just can't put my finger on it. What's bothering me? The only answer that comes is burnout. It's really time to take a vacation...even if only a few days. You'd never believe I have 138 hours of vacation coming to me. It's just such a bother...you have to practically beg people to cover your groups...but I really shouldn't let that stop me.
Last night I was reading one of my little Native American books, and it struck me just how similar the Native Americans beliefs are to those of the Celts. It's no wonder I always feel drawn to them. To the Celts, everything was interconnected; everything on the Earth was alive and should be treated with respect. Cherokee beliefs are much the same; they focus on the necessity of harmony in balance in life by emphasizing the following:
- Everything is alive
- Everything has a purpose
- All things are connected
- We can embrace the Medicine of all living things as we re all walking together in the Circle
Earth teach me quiet,
as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering,
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility,
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring,
as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me limitation,
as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom,
as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance,
as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal,
as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself,
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness,
as dry fields weep with rain.
--A Prayer from the Ute--
May we all remember kindness today...kindness to our fellow man, to the Earth and all of Her creatures...and to our Great Mother...the ocean.