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Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — April 12, 2017

Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

HONOR
For any person, any society, any nation to remain strong, honor must be one of the values to live by. Strength is not only a physical trait but it can also be woven into the spiritual and philosophical threads that bind a person’s character and that of any society or nation as well. There is no true strength without honor. Without honor, there is only force without reason or compassion. Without honor, strength is only a brute weapon, and the consequence is that “might makes right.” Furthermore, honor must be applied to all the many aspects of life, be it friendship or politics, words or deeds, peace or war. Without honor, a warrior is defined only by the weapons in his hand and not by what is truly in his heart as a human being. Without honor, a warrior acts only with the weapons in his hand and not by the values that make him a person first.
— Joseph M. Marshall
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Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — November 9, 2016

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

COURAGE

Courage is not exclusive to any one person or calling or to any situation or circumstance. In a world that is constantly in motion, each of us has much to face each and every day. From the simple to the complex, from the mundane to the heartstopping, each of us has to live our lives with the strengths and the weaknesses we have. We should not blame our weaknesses or yearn for the strengths we do not have; we should instead use who and what we are, at any given moment in our lives, to enable ourselves to take the next step and the next after that. That is courage. As the world swirls around us, having courage is the only way to move with it and face what it will bring.
Joseph M. Marshall


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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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