Elder’s Meditation 9-15-19

Published September 15, 2019 by tindertender

“Knowledge is a beautiful thing, but the use of knowledge in a good way is what makes for wisdom. Learning how to use knowledge in a sacred manner, that’s wisdom to me. And to me, that’s what a true Elder is.”

— Sun Bear, CHIPPEWA

We grow in wisdom by developing ourselves according to the four directions of the Medicine Wheel – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Let’s say we started drinking and drugging in our teenage years. Our emotional development will stop, but we will grow older physically. We could then develop into an immature adult. As adults we might be acting like we were teenagers. Once we stop drinking or drugging, our emotional development will begin again. We need to grow and nurture ourselves in all four directions. We need to involve the Great Spirit’s guidance in our development. That’s the only way we become wise individuals and live our lives in harmony and in a sacred way.

Oh Great Spirit, guide my thinking today. Let me walk in a sacred way on the Red Road. Let me be a learner of lessons and give me Your greatest gift – wisdom!

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Published September 15, 2019 by tindertender

This morning I sat here wondering what to do with my day. I decided to go to Cougar Hot Springs. As I got in the car and cued up the address I discovered it was nearly 3 hours away. HA! I thought it was in Cougar WA. It was not.

Instead I decided to cruise up the Clackamas River to one of my favorite places, Austin Hot Springs.

It was so beautiful to submerge everything but my face, feel the warm and cold waters swirl around me as I lay in the river, face to the sky receiving tiny raindrops.

When I left after an hour and a half soak, I stopped a couple times for pictures. It was surreal, the fog hugging treetops.

When I arrived home, I got dressed in some dry clothes and went to Natural Grocers for lunch and dinner supplies. Lunch was a delicious orange and pretzels. Tonight’s feast will be a salad made of green and red lettuce, dates, pear, raspberry, sliced almonds with a raspberry vinaigrette and crackers with herbed goat cheese on the side.

Yummy!

Many worry about what will happen after they die. Question: what are you doing to live as fully and beautifully as possible, right now?

We have this amazing connection to the earth. It is difficult to tell if people remain enclosed in concrete cities.

It’s even difficult for those who have the rivers but no forests.

My oh my … with the forests and the rivers in tandem, healing comes quite quickly. I should know, they healed me twice in this life when I had been completely torn apart and rendered ‘broken’.

Bless our trees and our rivers.

*If you need to pee and you’re outside, give it to the earth, not the rivers and seas.*

Act responsibly and with honor toward that which cleanses and purifies the physical and emotional form.

The return will be exactly what we give.

Beautiful Blends

Published September 14, 2019 by tindertender

A good friend and I met for breakfast this early morning. It was awesome not only to see her, but to be on the road traveling to her before many people were even awake.

Afterword we stopped for snacks and water then headed on up to the art studio. We painted from 10 to 12:40. Mine is left, hers right. I need to touch up my flower petals. This time with her is always so fun.

Hurrying to finish, we rushed out of there to see a movie at the local theater which was just up the road. We saw the movie about Linda Ronstadt. What an incredible lady!

One phrase she said near the end of the movie is this …

“People are so worried about what happens after death, but the real question is, what are you doing until then?”

I admit it, that one got me …

What are you doing in life right now? After all, this moment is potentially the only one we will have. Make the most of it. You deserve to live fully, everyone does.

Dance, sing, paint, draw, create. YOU are a magnificent being! The potential is enormous!

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