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5 Native American Prayers for Peace

5 Native American Prayers for Peace

First, I'd like to say "thank you" for being so gracious and understanding over these last few weeks while I took some time away from the internet.

It feels good to be back here writing again.

That time was, in part, a chance to get back to center; to work slowness into my life and just, well, be.

My grandpa's passing told me to make it a priority.

To make our time spent here, on Mother Earth, and the beauty of our connections a priority -- death makes you reconsider how well you've been doing that.

Which led me to these Native American prayers.

I've been working on some new art prints and came across these while gathering inspiration.

Actually, my hunt started when I found this Sioux Prayer on the underside of the cap of my iced tea:

"Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live."

Hey, you never know where inspiration will come from!

With everything that's happened this year, we could use some prayers for peace.

We could do with some fresh air and some ancient wisdom: a little perspective.

With respect for the people who came before us, whose words and ways continue to shine light on the mountains and valleys of life, these prayers.

Let's get back to what matters.

Let us know beauty again.

Let's love each other like it's our reason for being here in the first place.

With everything that's happened this year, we could use some prayers for peace. We could do with some fresh air and some ancient wisdom: a little perspective. With respect for the people who came before us, whose words and ways continue to shine light on the mountains and valleys of life, these Native American prayers.

5 Native American Prayers for Peace

Let us know peace.

For as long as the moon shall rise,

For as long as the rivers shall flow,

For as long as the sun shall shine,

For as long as the grass shall grow,

Let us know peace.

— Cheyenne Prayer

 

May all I say and all I think

be in harmony with Thee,

God within me,

God beyond me,

Maker of the Trees.

— Chinook Prayer

 

Fill us with the Light.

Give us the strength to understand, and the eyes to see.

Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.

— Sioux Prayer

 

Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of Earth.

Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand, even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.

— Pueblo Prayer

 

Earth teach me stillness

as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring

as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitation

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep with rain.

— "Earth Teach Me to Remember," John Yellow Lark, Ute

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Tell me:

Which words and sentiments speak most clearly to your heart? 

Tell me in the comments. I'd love to know what you think.

Lots of love,

Jen

With everything that's happened this year, we could use some prayers for peace. We could do with some fresh air and some ancient wisdom: a little perspective. With respect for the people who came before us, whose words and ways continue to shine light on the mountains and valleys of life, these Native American prayers.

Comments on this post (8)

  • Nov 28, 2021

    HONESTLY I’M VERY PLEASED TO SAY IM TOUCHED. THANKS FOR SHARING

    — CHRISTINA BASS

  • Nov 06, 2021

    I can’t say enough to voice how much this is needed right now. Thank you!

    — Elisha Olivas

  • Oct 24, 2021

    Thank you, beautiful prayers. My heart is full.

    Warmly, Pamela

    — Pamela

  • Jul 11, 2021

    Thank you for connecting us through these prayers. This line inspired me most.

    “Earth teach me to forget myself
    as melted snow forgets its life.”

    — Karl

  • Jan 03, 2021

    Earth teach me to remember kindness

    as dry fields weep with rain.

    Beautiful prayers all. But these words speak to me today. Glad to have found you, Jen. Thank you. Blessings to you.

    Julia

    — Julia

  • Dec 14, 2020

    There are some unexpected gifts and lessons from this year, Jim. :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Jen, I’ve miss seeing people’s smiles behind all the masks but I’ve realized they are smiling more with their eyes now and that helps a lot. Some people’s eyes are so beautiful. I hope you are doing well and are happy.
    Your friend.

    — Jim

  • Dec 09, 2020

    Jen,
    Thank you for these beautiful prayers.

    — Jim

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