22 years ago I was teaching School Health Education in the Syracuse City School District. The district graciously sent me "home" to a week long health conference at St. Lawrence University, Canton. I attended an amazing workshop presented by Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, Sioux Tribal Leader and purchased both of his books.
Now this was not my 1st experience with Native American culture; growing up 20 minutes from the Mohawk Nation and involved with the local lacrosse team, I was exposed to and aware of Native culture and philosophy. But honestly, traditional Native American spirituality is not something that was shared openly.
Over the past 22 years I have read many books by great Native American writers, healers, and visionaries. My latest book by Ehanamani, Dr. A.C. Ross, member of the Dakota Nation - Sioux Native Americans is titled "Mitakuye Oyasin." In this book, Ehanamani introduces me to the Native American principle of the Red Road. Read More
Sacred Eating: Meal Time as a Spiritual Time
In Eastern Indian culture, eating is a spiritual experience. Truly, living is a spiritual experience and they recognize this. Native Americans always gave thanks to all the spirits of the food they ate, be it plant or animal based food. Eating was always viewed as sacred in our culture. People were grateful to the earth and all beings involved in providing the food that graced our tables.
In comes modern living and people with way too busy lives who have learned to gobble food while on the run. Smoothies to chug while racing about the house getting tasks accomplished, omelets being eaten in the car with disastrous results (Yes, I had one lady tell me a funny "omelet in the car story" and how she reserves omelets for weekend breakfasts only. I have had equally disastrous results with grated beet salad in the car. Not a good idea; beets stain everything), and far too many drive through eateries dot our landscapes making eating a mindless commodity for the run, run, run of life. Read More