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Another Beautiful Day

Published October 20, 2019 by tindertender

Saturday ~ Visiting good souled people is always a highlight to my day, and today was all about this connection.

We met for a talk, a meal, and ceremony. My father was there, growing his hair and a beard for the first time in his life. I think he looks handsome.

After the ceremonial fires burned down we went to Powwow. The ladies dragged me out for intertribal dancing. It was amazing fun!

Thank you ladies for always being so joyful, sharing and caring. It is such a blessing to be with you!

Sunday ~ awake this early morning, I vow to remain relaxed, peaceful, and swimming in the joy from yesterday.

Elder’s Meditation 10-2-19

Published October 2, 2019 by tindertender

“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 laugh.

http://whitebison.org/EldersMeditationApps.aspx

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!

It All Started With A Rainbow

Published September 2, 2019 by tindertender

As I pulled out of my driveway for the weekend I looked left and saw this beauty. It was only this stretch. I’m not certain if there was additional rainbow behind those clouds, and the colors of the portion I could see were quite intense.

Before I made my way up the hill I took a bit of a joy ride and saw this covered bridge and another building just to the side of the road, slightly beyond the bridge.

Just below was the river (creek).

While running around in open field I received four doses of Bee Medicine 🐝 and a love bite for good measure. It is amazing how shifting perspective changes from a venomous encounter to a dosage for health … mind, body, spirit. Bees sense when we need a little of what they offer, and they always deliver.

I never knew I could fall in love with so many people at once.

I learned this weekend that sometimes when we shed our past it will still occasionally rear it’s head and fight strongly to survive. At this moment I also understood (yet again, and more clearly than before) that I am always at choice as to how I will respond to these moments. With assistance from chosen family, I am happy to say that this moment dissipated in under 30 minutes, replaced with love, and a return to joy.

Knowledge is such a blessing as I age … my own, and others’ as they share freely.

Many people came to this Green Corn ceremony and celebration. It was incredible and amazing how everyone assisted, cared for, and were personally involved with each and every person … and animal.

I was able to wear my first two ribbon dresses I had sewn and also try out the first pair of moccasins I created. Adjustments will happen and new garments and boots will be constructed for next Corn Planting ceremony and celebration.

I gained a “Grandpa” and was gifted training from two Grandmas on dance steps, how to hold my shawl properly, and how to move to the music in a fashion that matched the drum tempo, always pausing forward movement for the Honor Beats, dancing in place.

I learned how to pollinate the corn 🌽 also. I was gifted red corn ears from The Blue Clan and will try my newly learned process, teaching myself how to grow great, full ears of corn at harvest. It is going to be fantastic!

I am learning so much from my chosen Brothers and Sisters it fills my Heart, heals my Spirit, and nourishes my Soul.

As I sit here, all things in their place and myself finally cleaned up after four days of Sacred Relation in a dry camp, I am completely at peace. Completely. Relaxation like this doesn’t come along too often, so I will start projects that will be utilized in our next gathering, and as I create, I will think of my chosen family, loving them, excited to see them again … All of them … and the others who will come in future.

A return to the Sacred Ways is happening … now. There are so many who feel in their hearts the truth. That we have never been alone, and when we assist each other in a good way, with love and empathy in our hearts and minds, ALL honorable circumstances are possible.

Bless the Tradition Keepers, those who have safeguarded the Old Ways, so that we may return to a life of Peace.

Beautiful Day ~ Unhindered

Published August 12, 2018 by tindertender

Are you going to let them ruin this beautiful day,
These boys, so new on their life journey?

This morning I decided I would be adventurous. I drove to Mt Hood! It was a beautiful day for a drive.

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I went to the lodge for lunch, ate cheese and apples and some sort of wine jam and fresh baked bread. As I was finishing up I saw a man walk in with his elderly father and young son. Immediately I stood and offered my table. You see, I had the grand view of the trees and another mountain off in the distance. It was glorious! They refused at first, seeing I still had food on my plate. I assured them I was finished, full, and ‘he’ being an elder deserved this fine seat. He wanted to share it with me while I finished, but I left them to enjoy the view and each others company.

I walked out with a smile on my face, happy that this elderly man who had trouble even walking any more would get to sit there and ponder life and relations while he looked out upon this majestic view.

As I drove along, there were so many sights that just blew me away!

I decided to drive to a lake that was several miles up a gravel road. It was so beautiful!

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I took a left a few miles along and the road climbed, becoming very rocky and pitted, I giggled as I drove. I got about 1.5 or 2 miles up and finally came to the first trail. I got out and walked along a little way, it was so quiet! No electrical wires, no sound at all. It was completely still. I got to thinking … I didn’t have a horn, or dog, or big stick or anything, and then I thought I didn’t feel like being a tasty treat for a cougar or something, so went back to the car.

On the way back down, once off the deeply pitted and bolder-y rode I came again to the relatively mildly pitted gravel road and realized I had a flat tire. That hadn’t happened in 32 years! I got out the book and was prepared to learn something new today. While I was reading the book, spare leaning against the car and jack and such all spread out, a jeep pulled up and asked me if I had it okay. I replied not really.

The man and his friend got out and changed my tire for me … BLESS THEM!! I drove the remaining 3 miles out to the main highway and stopped at the rest area gas station for air since the spare wasn’t quite full. Being Sunday, no tire companies were open so I limped the 47 miles back to town with flashers on doing 40 mph.

People were very calm about the whole thing, they just went around me. Until I got into the city, that is. All of a sudden I saw people throwing their hands in the air and jerkily steering around me, rolling their eyes.

That’s when the SUV full of boys showed up. The passenger hung out the window making arm and hand gestures at me. The other passenger in the back seat was taking video on his cell phone. I wondered what their problem was, and that’s when I realized that my flashers were still on. Boys … no interest or ability to consider what someones day may have been like or what may have happened requiring the flashers to be on.

There’s probably a video of me somewhere on social media with a post about an ‘old lady driving through town with her flashers on’.

So, no … they will not ruin this day. Shallow and ignorant behaviors do not deserve my attention, but I did want to blog about it only because their lack of consideration was so obvious. They’ll learn … some day.

PS ~ Here’s a few pics of some beautiful art at the lodge.

It was indeed a joyous day, a day to be grateful for.
And I Am …

Power Within

Published April 28, 2018 by tindertender

Life is Pure, Life is Clean.

Muddy WaterThis is a reality that has been muddied, just as many rivers on earth have been by oil. The authenticity and flawlessness of this world has been polluted by regulations which people have been ordered to follow.

While corporations pollute and poison everything, people have been led to believe this is something which must be allowed. Simply because those with money say it should be a certain way does not make it so. Some folks buck the system and we’ve seen how they are fined and jailed for non-compliance. Are we truly free if we choose to live a simple unregulated life, yet are forced into a system where everything we do is watched and monitored?

If the men and women on the street with signs suddenly had land and came together in community where they assisted each other with the growth of foods and composting of waste, would they then be regulated also, perhaps evicted from their land? Unfortunately, it has been done, and their lives are controlled just as every other life is.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that … No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”       ~ John Donne (1572-1631)

Even in the harshest environments there is Life. It can be understood as beautiful, or stark and barren, it depends on ones perspective and what is chosen to be seen of the situation. If one finds them self alone roots are put out seeking nourishment, companionship, joy and beauty. All of the things which can lift us from the darkness is sought if not too immersed in the reality that darkness exists. At some point a realization will come that its opposite does as well, just as everything has an opposite in this world, and once this truth is seen it can be sought, with knowledge that it is there. Often it is in solitude beauty of surroundings is seen, perhaps missed due to commotion from the outer world.

chose-to-changeEvery day when we open our eyes there is a new opportunity for creation. If one finds they are tired of same ol’ same ol’, this is the time to make different choices. Small steps toward change may seem insignificant, and most times these are the steps we are able to make … not giant leaps and bounds. If discouragement is prohibited from implanting in the mind, and baby steps are continued through every day, it is probable that when one looks back on the experience they will see the significance of every single step, and find an ability to be grateful for each one of them.

Natures seasons

The seasons of the world show us that life is experienced in cycles. All life ebbs and flows, just like the ocean. We may prefer life’s Spring over life’s Winter, however we will experience all of the seasons … just as the tree grows larger and stronger with each season, so will we if we choose to find the nourishment each season offers. Some seasons require somewhat of a hibernation, and others allow massive growth.

The particulars we add to this world through our experiences build the future for generations to come, whether you’ve had children or not. Every action creates a ripple affect, they touch others lives, and those lives touch other lives, and so on. Directly, or indirectly, every choice made creates the world reality for many others.

Ancestors in my bloodOur ancestors are alive within the veins of our body. Generations of memories are carried there and contribute to this day. Connection to life never ends, it is the power of choice which determines the outcome. All of us have been given this gift.

From the tender ages of life we have been instructed that we are to stay within the lines, only allowed to go as far as we are told, and punished if we disobey. This idea that we do not have power has been indoctrinated into the masses, and so we do as instructed … buy this, eat that, drink from here, follow this plan … believe what you are told and do not ask questions, just follow directions.

It can be seen that this idea of “Do as I say and not as I do” is failing the system which it has created around us. Oh you rebellious humans, I love you.

http://reset.me/story/science-proving-memories-passed-ancestors/
https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/ypv58j/genetic-memory
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-25156510
http://www.messagetoeagle.com/memories-of-your-ancestors-can-be-embedded-in-your-dna/

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