With each sunrise we are given the gift of a new day…. a new beginning… We are blessed with a choice and chance to make this world a brighter place… by simply Being in it… it is not complex… As I awaken to the life that the Creator set out for me, I realize that I was taught to believe life was meant to be complicated… While I try to unlearn this way of life that no longer serves me I feel the healing begin… As I open my heart, mind and spirit to the love and simplicity around me…
I begin to see the beauty in life and all beings… understanding that our attitudes, actions and words towards others are a reflection of how we feel about ourselves… I begin to speak from the heart… learning that when we speak from this sacred space, our words are often spoken as prayers… I begin to see the difference between loving and enabling… learning to become a caregiver instead of a caretaker… I begin to understand the beauty and power of forgiveness… understanding that it is essential for health, healing and a life well-lived… also learning that it is a gift we give ourselves, one that frees us from feelings of pain, anger, and resentment… I begin to walk lightly… learning to take nothing personally and realizing this is an Art of living…. also recognizing that in life we will have thousands of opportunities to be offended but if we want peace, we don`t have to take them…. I begin to trust my senses and believe in myself… understanding that love, acceptance and worthiness must be felt and achieved from the inside out and not the outside in….I begin to walk and live in love… learning that judgment, no matter how trivial or seemingly just, weighs down our body, mind and spirit… delays our development and the progress we make on our journey… I begin to honor that little child that lives withIN… understanding that for many winters, while I have not listened, loved or protected her, I am beginning to do it now… and because of her, I am always reminded to stop for someone who is hurting, suffering, troubled or in need….
For all of these `beginnings` my heart is grateful… for another chance at living a life I am beginning to understand, my heart sings…. And knowing that each day is a Rebirth makes my spirit smile… May you walk in Beauty…
For these words I thank our ancestors, spirit guides, elders, teachers and my nikawi…. Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations) Hiy Hiy – Redberry