I just read an e-mail from Brasil translated into Portuguese from English. Did a search and found it in English!
A lot to think about. Very simple, to the point and clear.
Here it is, just some food for thought:
NATIVE AMERICAN CODE OF ETHICS
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others. 20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
This originally appeared in the “Inter-Tribal Times,” October, 1994
Taken from: Native Village http://www.nativevillage.org/Inspiration-/native_american_code_of_ethics__.htm
Wow! Amazing! Do we do all we can, are we becoming our potential, are we living a full life?
Sure made me think! So glad I saw this!
Take a moment and then ask yourself…am I being all that I am made to be?
Yesterday I was a gathering and Robby quoted Chris Brady,
I immediately went inward and asked myself if I was happy for giving happy. Which is a true principle according to the scriptures “Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself.” (KJV, Mark 12:31). So when we are to have joy, we are to share the joy with everyone.
Well, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t happy enough by giving happy.
Today the plans changed. I am giving happy. Looking for opportunities to give happy. And you know what?
It feels great inside!
I am normally a pretty happy person (except on the days that I am not, which are very few and it is not even days, they are moments, there has been much effort put towards this…glad to be changing). Smiling is part what I do when I see someone, I serve when I see the need…you know…the good things are there. However, now I am looking for ways to make a difference in someone’s life. It might be opening the door at the store, helping someone with their groceries into the car, listening to someone who needs to talk….you name it…I am looking for ways to ‘give happy.’
“When was the last time you gave happy? How did it make you feel?”
Since my post on the question God posed to me “Am I evidence of God’s work?” I’ve been doing some soul searching, scripture reading and lots of prayer to find an answer that I can live with.
To be God’s evidence, one must have Him in their heart. One must live a life that people will see God through their actions. That is when I determined that I am God’s evidence most of the time. I heard a chuckle and the statement which is true came to mind…”evidence is evidence 24/7, it doesn’t stop being evidence just because.”
Yesterday and today I am seeing God at work and He is majestic in every step of the way. I am seeing hearts be softened, minds be taught deeply, doors being open and things shifting right before my eyes.
I shall write this story when it is done being told.
Then, this morning my 11 year old daughter remembered a song that we both love, she came down to the computer and played it.
I thought I would share it with you.
“God is not dead, He is surely alive, living on the inside, roaring like a lion.”
So, as of today, from now on: I am evidence of God’s work in all my imperfections, short comings and learnings.
“Is your life evidence that God is in it with you?”
I’ve always learned in the scriptures that charity is the pure love of Christ. A deep and profound love that heals, carries us in the time of need and helps us to become better people.
Yesterday at church a man spoke to us and quoted someone else, it stuck to my mind. So, I thought I would share it with you…
“Charity is love for Christ, love from Christ and love like Christ.” (C. Max Caldwell)
Think about this; when we love Christ we live His teachings, accept His commandments and give thanks for all the blessings and trials in the same breath, with the same depth of gratitude for both, even the hurtful ones.
When we feel the love from Christ, we fell forgiven, empowered, strengthened, healed, anew and at peace.
And last but not least, when we have this kind of love in us, we can love like Christ would; unconditionally, deeply, freely, fearlessly and completely.
Soooo, I thought I would share…there is more to charity than it meets the eye.
How will you apply/receive charity into your day today?
God will give us many gifts and it is up to us to use them. When we choose to share them and give of ourselves through them, He will bless us richly in our needs, dreams and desires.
Today as I did carpool in the morning I was listening to K-love , a Christian radio station and this sweet lady came on. She had a thick Southern accent and she said she worked for AAA, she helped people that broke down on the side of the road. That makes it not for good a day. Stella (that is her name) likes to bring a little ray of sunshine into people’s lives, so she tells them:
“whatever you got going on today, God can handle it.”
I am going to take it a step further and say…let Him.
Have a fantastic blessed day!
I received this from my mom’s cousin in Brazil. It was and article in Portuguese from a newspaper. I enjoyed it so much that I took the time to translate and share it. Again, a lot of truth in it. It sure changed my behavior and I am making my brain work more, less repeats – more new things!
The Mind Erases Duplicate Entries
Airton Luiz Mendonca
(Article from the Newspaper “O Estado De Sao Paulo”
The human brain measures time by observation of movement. If you were to be found in an empty white room, without any furniture, doors or windows, without a clock…you would start to lose track of time.
For a few days, your mind will keep track of time by internal reactions of your body, such as your heart beat, sleeping cycle, hunger, thirst and blood pressure. This happens because our notion of time derives from movements of objects, people, nature, happenings and repetition of cycles, like sunrises and sunsets.
With that understood there is something else to be considered: our brain is extremely optimized. It avoids doing the job twice. An average adult has about 40 to 60 thousand thoughts a day. Anyone of us would go crazy if the brain had to consciously process that number of thoughts. That is why the majority of these thoughts are automatic and they don’t show up in the daily tasks. When you live an experience for the first time, the brain uses lots of resources to comprehend what is happening. That is when you feel more alive. As the same experience is repeated, it simply will categorize your reactions in the auto-mode and deletes the experiences that are duplicates.
If you understood theses two things, you will understand why it seems that time goes by faster when we get older and why Christmas comes faster than the one before. When we start to drive cars, everything is very complicated, it seems like our full attention is required the whole time. Then, one day we drive shifting gears, looking at stop lights, reading traffic signs, and even talking on the phone, all at the same time. How did that happen?
Simple: the brain already knows what is written on the signs (you don’t read with eyes, but with the previous image in the mind); the brain already knows the gear to change to (it simply takes your past experiences and uses, instead of repeating the experience). In other words, you didn’t live that experience, at least to the mind. Those critical seconds of gear shifting, reading signs are erased from your notion of time.
When you start to repeat exactly the same thing, the mind erases the repeated experience. As we get older, things start repeating itself – same streets, people, problems, challenges, TV shows, complaints…At last…the new experiences (the ones that make the mind stop and really think, making it seem like your day seems to be long and filled with new things), get to be less and less. Until so many things are repetitious that it becomes difficult to say what is new in the week, year or for some people, in a decade. In other words, what makes time seems like it is going faster is…ROUTINE. The routine is essential to life and optimize a lot of things, but the majority of people love routine so much, that along the way, their journal becomes a book of only one chapter, repeated every year.
Thank heavens there is an antidote to acceleration of time: Change and Register. Change by doing something different and Register it by doing a ritual, a party or with pictures. Change the view, go on vacation with the family (I suggest that you go frequently on vacation and preferably to a warm place one year and a cold one in the next) and register with pictures, post cards and letters. Have children (they destroy routine) and always do birthday parties for them and you (registering the event by making the day different).
Take advantage of the rituals to make special moments different from the usual moments. Do engagement parties, weddings, sweet 15 (here, sweet 16), this or that, send away parties, be a part of the class reunions, visit distant family members, go back to school at 60 years old, change your hair color, grow a beard, shave a beard, buy different Christmas decorations, go to movies, cook a different recipe from a new recipe book. Choose different clothing, don’t paint the house the same color, do different. Kiss your lover different and live different moments with him/her. Go to different stores, read different books, look for different experiences. Be different.
If you have money, especially if you are already retired, go with your spouse or friends to other cities or countries, see other cultures, go to strange museums, experience weird foods…in other words…L I V E!
Because if you live the ‘differents’ intensely, time will seem like it is taking longer to pass. And if you are lucky enough to be married to someone willing to live and seek different things, your journal will be a lot longer, a lot more interesting and much more alive than the existing ones that you can find lying around. Encircle yourself with friends. Friends with different tastes, from different places, with different religions and that like different foods. At last, I think you got the message, right?
Good luck in your experiences in expanding your time, with quality, emotion, rituals and life.
W RIT E iN dIFFerEnt sIzEs anD CoLOrS.
CREATE, CUT, PAINT, RIP, GET IT WET, FOLD, TEAR IT TO PIECES, INVENT, RE-INVENT…
I love this poem. It is very true. Our habits will either make or break us. The author is unknown, however, it is a very good piece of advice. It sure helps me to look at my habits and see where I am headed if I keep them up.
Where are your habits taking you?
The Habit Poem
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them –
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin –
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am Habit.