Balanced World

“Bright days and dark days are both expressions of the Great Mystery.” — Chief Luther Standing Bear, SIOUX
God created a world that contains justice and injustice, a world that is interconnected, a world that has positive and negative, this way and that, up and down, man and woman, boy and girl, honest and dishonest, responsible and irresponsible, day and night. In other words, both sides are to be respected. Both sides are sacred. We do good and we need to learn from our mistakes. We need to honor what takes place in the daylight and not fear what takes place in the darkness. We learn that we need to learn and see what we are supposed to see by staying close to the God. We need to be talking to him all the time, saying, “Father, what is it you want me to learn?”

Ashes To Ashes

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.
 
 
The words still give me goosebumps. Yet many American Indians believe all life comes from earth and that is where all life returns in some form of the other. To them the earth is sacred and we should treat it as such. The rest of us have a lot to learn from the American Indians.
Most of the rest of us believe that all life comes from God, and when life ends on earth we return to God. Maybe that’s why so many of us feel lost. We have lost connection and have forgotten about the importance of our connection to God. We are quick to connect to money, to relationships, to addictions, to success, to goals, and to hundreds of other things that seem attractive, but sever our connection to the source of our life. When we are disconnected from God, we feel sad and or lost but don’t understand why.
Today is a good day to start the process of reconnection. I promise once reconnected you will feel warm and safe.

Red Roads

“We call it the “sacred” red road because it is the road that will lead us to living the good life, an honest and healthy life. — Larry Aitken, Chippewa nation.

Those of you who know my wife Suzy know that she doesn’t like to travel on interstates, especially I-40. She prefers blue and black roads and puts up with red roads. And for those of you who don’t understand what I am talking about and use GPS to get everywhere, the color of the roads references how the highway appears on a Rand-McNalley map or atlas. But the sacred red road means a whole different road.
The “sacred” red road is the daily path we walk on when we are seeking a direct relationship to God. This road is not one without potholes, bumps, curves and detours. The Chippewa nation’s red road will test you like no other path, but to travel this path is a honor above all others. The benefits in taking this challenging trail are exciting, not only for ourselves but for the effect that will be felt for generations. Your children and your grandchildren will see its benefits. When we walk on the sacred red road we traverse for ourselves, our children, and grandchildren.
In your meditation ask yourself if you want to walk on this sacred road or instead — hop on a interstate. If you travel the easy way, you may get where you are going faster, but what did you see along the way and did you leave your children behind?

January

January takes its name from Janus, the Roman God with two heads looking toward the past and the future.

Our meditations about the past should be limited to learning from our activities and experiences.
Our meditations about the future should not be those of anxiety but instead thoughts and prayers about how to make a difference in the lives of others.
When we focus our resolutions and thoughts on others, we forget about our own problems and concerns.