I haven’t posted anything inspirational for awhile, and in light of the drama unfolding in Japan I thought perhaps today would be a good day to do so.
This morning I used music by Douglas Spotted Eagle in my yoga practice and it reminded me of the tragedies that form the underpinning of the (mostly) comfortable life we have in the United States today. Yet the Native American people possessed such natural wisdom and grace, despite the decimation of their population.
In their honor, I offer you wisdom from Chief White Eagle of the Ponca tribe who died in 1914.
When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
— as it surely will.
Then act with courage.
Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800’s to 1914)
I recently wrote this quote down and it seems to say much the same thing:
‘If I was ever to have a child, this is what I’d tell it: “Child,” I’d say, “don’t never mess with time, Keep now now and then then. And if you ever get lost in thick smoke, child, set still till it clears. Set still till you can see where you are and where you been and where you’re going, child.”‘
Kurt Vonnegut – Armageddon in Retrospect