Tranquility with Tea
Reflection – The Sacred Earth of First Nations Peoples
“The Indian was a natural conservationist. He destroyed nothing, great or small. Destruction was not a part of Indian thought and action; if it had been, and had the man been the ruthless savage he has been accredited with being, he would have long ago preceded the European in the labor of destroying the natural life of this continent …”
Who among us isn’t aware that we have environmental issues so great … they constitute a global crisis? But … are we aware, that living on this earth, are groups of people who have lived comfortably with the earth, for thousands of years?
In our Western culture, we have come to believe that science and technology will offer the solutions necessary to saving the earth. Yet, we fail to fully address the issue that science and technology are culprits, in the creation of this enigma. Until we are willing to acknowledge a shift in our worldwide view, our beliefs and our value system, we cannot depend on a quick-technological-fix to create a better world!
During our service, we will recognize the groups of peoples we know as First Nations Peoples. Reflecting on their sacred trust as divinely created caretakers of the earth. Contemplating their watchfulness for all beings and all things in nature. Meditating on their skills of living with the earth and not just on it!
“… The Indian was frugal in the midst of plenty. When the buffalo roamed the plains in multitudes he slaughtered only what he could eat and these he used to the hair and the bones. I know of no species of plant, bird or animal that were exterminated until the coming of the white man.” ~ Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux
A portion of the offering collected has been designated for Spartanburg Area Conservancy – honoring those sharing their creative energy as part of the service.