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Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — May 25, 2016

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

SILENCE * There is a place that has neither space nor form, and admission to it requires a simple desire and willingness to enter. Yet it can also be a place of darkness and uncertainty, where fear and doubt can manifest. Whatever else can be said of this place without space or form, it must certainly be said that it strips away pretense and reveals the truth, no matter how cruel or kind. This place only has room for one, because it is for that one that it exists – for that one to find herself or himself. It is a place of reflection, meditation, introspection, and, above all, honesty. Its entrance is through sadness or joy, falling snow, a meadow, or the night sky. No matter how you enter or why, there is no place like silence.
Joseph M. Marshall


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Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — Feb. 17, 2016

Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

PEACE * To our ancestors and to many contemporary Lakota, the He Sapa, or Black Hills, are regarded as “the heart of all things.” Coincidentally, perhaps, when seen from far above, the outline of these beloved mountains resembles the shape of a human heart. Seen from closer to the ground, they are mystical and shadowy, inspiring outright awe and wonder – even loyalty – and for many of us a sense of connection to something larger than life. But to walk in the meadows and gaze at surrounding granite peaks – to smell the bright, fresh scent of ponderosa pine and feel a cool breeze – is to know the quiet gift from “the heart of all things”: peace. — Joseph M. Marshall


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