(All My Relations or We are All Related)
~A Lakota Indian Prayer
This past Sunday one of our teacher trainees, Amanda H., brought in her parents for "show & tell". They were visiting from South Dakota where they live on a Indian Reservation with the Lakota Indians. They shared with us that the reservation is located in the poorest county in the country.
We were explaining to them what the salutation Namaste meant and they shared with us the prayer above. Their visit was short but wanting to know more abut the prayers and through the miracle of google this is what I found "To pray this prayer is to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth. Mitakuye Oyasin honors the sacredness of each person's individual spiritual path, acknowledges the sacredness of all life (human, animal, plant, etc.) and creates an energy of awareness which strengthens not only the person who prays but the entire planet."
This just reinforces my belief that we are all on the same path to happiness, no matter our race, religion, or social background. We all want the same thing because we are all related. Mitakuye Oyasin my dear friends and don't forget to breathe.
P.S. Just don't you just love the picture!