A Native American Prayer

Earth Teach Me to Remember

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 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 in the rain.

  Ute, North American

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