“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.” Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Chief
Today was a day of prayer for those on BOTH sides of the water/oil debate in North Dakota. This is an issue involving, water, land, sacred spaces, oil, money, culture, history, indigenous people, power, environment, non-violence, violence and ancestry. I dedicated my yoga practice and meditation to those on BOTH sides of the debate, the animals and the earth. There was a peaceful prayerful vigil today in Albuquerque, as there was in many cities around the nation.
“Wherever you are, pray on this day for all water protectors who have been injured or imprisoned, and for the horse that was killed by police. The world joins in prayer for HEALING for those at Standing Rock who experienced such intense trauma on October 27th. We also join in prayer for the men and women police who brutally harmed the water protectors. We also pray for the pipeline workers and those who finance them. May they all be blessed and healed and reconnected with the earth. We pray for everyone as we know that in the end we are one, inseparable human family. In forgiveness, hard truth, courage and faith, we will arise from this hardship.”
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