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A NATIVE AMERICAN THANKSGIVING PRAYER

Nov 25, 2009 - 5 comments

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our Mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms - waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning, they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many peoples of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds - from the smallest to the largest - we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.


The Sun

We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon

We put our minds together and give thanks to our oldest grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator

Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.

I love this prayer. It encompasses so much more than just the traditional things we remember to be thankful for. Sometimes I just like to look at the blue sky and remember just to be thankful to BE. Love to all my MedHelp friends to whom I am very thankful for. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving with much love, Corey

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by margypops, Nov 25, 2009
Thank you Corey,  for this it is a good reminder, in this troubling time in America ... thats what life is all about ..just being ...Happy Thanksgiving to you .

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by 10356, Nov 25, 2009
"Our religion is not one of paint and feathers; it is a thing of the heart" as a follower of Handsome Lake once said. This statement expresses the true center and root meaning of Native Spirituality, the heart.

Prayers are said with the heart and carried upon the wind. These are thoughts for the heart, soul and the mind, to remember who we truly are, where we come from and where we are going.

We are all connected, connected to each other.

"My words are tied in one with the great mountains, with the great rocks, with the great trees, in one with my body and heart.
All of you see me, one with this world."
Yokuts Prayer

Thank you Corey I'm warmed by reading this Thanksgiving Prayer.. my love I send to you and yours.. lesa/letakos

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by stilltrying1965, Feb 13, 2010
What a wonderful thanksgiving  prayer i realy enjoyed reading this Corey it is all so true and we are all one
Thank you for shareing this with us James and Kim x

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by corey411, Feb 13, 2010
Your welcome James and Kim. I loved this Prayer and lost it. I wanted so badly to share it with Lesa and found it after a long Google search. I'm so happy you both enjoyed it. We are all connected as one and for us our addiction is a big common thread. That is why it is so important for us to surround ourselves with other recovering addicts. Noone else could even in their wildest dreams understand what we go through trying to stay clean. It has no kind of logic that they can understand. We all understand everything each other goes through as we have been their too. Hope the two of you are having a good evening. Hugs back, Corey

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by 10356, Feb 14, 2010
Happy Valentines day Corey.. May your feet always guide you upon the mother, the winds always be at your back, the sun always shine for you paths to be clear and the evening to sooth your spirit.. my love I send to you..  lesa

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