Today is a day to focus on serenity. I will remove those things from my life that are not contributing to my serenity and sense of calm. Actions, thoughts, habits, people, places, things – whatever does not contribute to my sense of calm and balance will be replaced with actions, thoughts, habits, people, places, and things that keep me poised and calm and serene.
Today is a day to focus on right action. Negative thoughts and feelings don’t lead to right actions. I need to let those thoughts, feelings, and ideas go and make all of my thoughts right thoughts. Right thoughts lead to right actions. Right actions lead to good results. Today I welcome only good things into my life.
“Lots of people hardly ever feel real soil under their feet, see plants grow except in flower pots, or get far enough beyond the street light to catch the enchantment of a night sky studded with stars. When people live far from scenes of the Great Spirit’s making, it’s easy for them to forget His laws.” –Tatanga Mani (Walking Buffalo), STONEY
Nature is life’s greatest teacher. The natural laws are hidden in nature. Hidden are solutions to everyday problems such as; conflict resolution, how to forgive, lessons about differences, how to manage organizations, how to think. Hidden are feelings. You can look at something and you will feel it. At night, have you ever looked at the sky when there are no clouds? As you look at all the stars, your heart will become very joyful. You will walk away feeling joyful and peaceful. We need to visit nature so we can see and feel these things.
My Creator, let me learn nature’s lessons.
Copied with the permission of Don L. Coyhis, from the book Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons
One evening my mother made dinner after a hard day’s work. She put a plate of eggs, salad and burnt toast in front of my father…
I immediately noticed, the burnt toast…. And, I was waiting to see if he was going to complain about it, but my father started to eat them, smiling and asked me how I spent my day at school…
My mom apologized to my dad for the burnt toast. I will never forget his response to her: “Honey, I love burnt toast!”
Later when I went to bed and my dad came over to kiss me goodnight, I asked him if he really liked the burnt toast?
He hugged me and said, “Your mother has had a difficult day and she is really tired. She went out of her way to prepare this meal for us, why blame her and hurt her. Burnt toast never hurt anyone; but words can be very painful!”
We have to know how to appreciate what others do for us, even if it’s not perfect, because it’s the intention to do well that counts, and no one is perfect.
Today is a day to focus on the thoughts, ideas and actions that contribute to my inner peace. I can deal with the winds of change only if I am at peace within myself. Today I banish all thoughts and actions that create disharmony. I am calm, physically and emotionally. Today, I radiate peace.