Tag Archives: Lakota

Seven Sacred Principles

In a class I’m taking on line, a video featuring Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grass-Fed, explains how the seven sacred principles of the Lakota nation were taught to her as a child by her mentor Gilbert Walking Bull, and how these principles continue to inform her life and her approach to business.  Her family farm in California, her commitment to these principles, to teaching, to connections, and to community are an inspiration.

Sunset, Bitterroot Mountains, Stevensville, Cows

The Seven Sacred Principles:

 Sacred Silence


 Deep Caring for All Creation

 Taking Action

 Being Fully Alive

 Joy Of a Child

 Connection of Mind, Body & Spirit

Flathead Lake, February, Islands, Blues


White Buffalo Day

Today is White Buffalo Day, a celebration of unity and healing based on a legend or prophecy of the Lakota that is 19 generations old.

 “All life is Sacred. We come into life as sacred beings. When we abuse the Sacredness of life we affect all Creation”

-White Buffalo Proclamation 2014

Buffalo Family Group

The link below provides info about the world wide celebration:


Here is their website:


Hear Chief Arvol Looking Horse speak of the legend here (10 minutes):


Buffalo Family

 Walk in Prayer…

 Drum, Dance and Pray for Peace!

Little Wonders (There are No Weeds) – A Gallery of Photos

Ruth Bebee Hill, in her book of the Lakota, Hanta Yo, first introduced me to the nonexistence of a “weed”.  I was in my twenties when I first read her words and hadn’t thought of a weed in just that way before.  In her dedication to authenticity, the author translated the entirety of her book to the Lakota language from English, then back to English again for publication (this has since been disputed).  She stated that she had a deep sense that she had not captured the essence of the Lakota experience on her first try in English, and in learning the language, and therefore the worldview and conceptual landscape the culture lived in, she was able to give the reader a more true feel and understanding of the life and connections of the Lakota (ethnologists again disagree).    No word for “weed” exists in the Lakota language (this I believe they do agree on!).   They do not have a concept for a  throw away or non-respected plant in their world.   There is an honoring of all that is given as useful, unique and sacred.  This is a good way of living on the planet.

I captured these images (slideshow will load below) in my yard and woods.  Not planted and unplanned, these living wonders are gifts given by nature.  Beautiful and appreciated beyond measure.  Certainly not “weeds”.

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When You See Mystery

Light in the SkyThere is so much wonder and mystery in the world…   and so much we can never know.  We desperately want the “knowing” of answers to life’s big questions and work toward that end with studying and learning.   Because we are seekers, the continuing unknowns and mysteries can be unnerving – all those big questions are pressing to be solved.

I believe though that there can be calm in the face of the unknown.  Peace even within the space of all that can’t be understood.  Safety in what comes next.  Trust in the process of life’s unfolding.  Where there is connection and a oneness it is enough.  There can be sanctuary in the midst of the mystery.

As the Lakota say, “When you see Mystery, call it Mystery”.

The more these words are contemplated, the more they seem to be the most respectful and honoring of the possible ways to celebrate the enormity of all that can’t be known or named or understood.  It is all just too big to be contained in human constraints. Feeble attempts to find words for these wonders make them small and limited.  Better to let the power remain unnamed; call it mystery and feel the awe.

There is peace in the surrender to not knowing.  Not knowing and still trusting.  Loving without explaining.  Feelings without words.  Falling into the wonder…

 Stillwater Landing Fishing

“Once again I accept that life is uncertain and that the goal is not to become more certain about anything but to relax more into the mystery of not knowing what will come next.”

-Elizabeth Lesser

“Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.”

― American Indian Lakota Prayer

“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question”

― Tennessee Williams