47.2 - Native American Wisdom and Protecting our Planet

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” - Chinese Proverb

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” -Albert Einstein

“How is it possible that the most intellectually advanced, conscious beings on the plant are the ones destroying it? Ask yourself what impact am I having on our planet today? Be consciously aware of your waste and destruction. Did I drive when I could have walked or ridden a bike? How many single use items did I use today? Plastic that is too thin to recycle, but will be here for a 10 generations or 1,000 years. Are they really necessary if only to use once? Awareness of the problem is the first step in the solution." - David Scott

Your daily choices are a reflection of your deepest values.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Chief Crazy Horse

"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath." ~Eckhart Tolle

“If you get tired along the way, rest don’t quit.”

The earth is what we all have in common. Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.” - E. O. Wilson

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” Native American Quote

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. – Cherokee

“Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.” – Tuscarora

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” – Native American Dakota

“Force, no matter how concealed, creates resistance.”

“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” Yasmin Mogahed

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” – Navajo

“Regard Heaven as your father, Earth as your Mother and all things as your Brothers and Sisters.” – Native American

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou

"You can't change what's going on around you until you start changing what's going on within you."

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ― Mother Teresa

"Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same."

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong."

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli

“Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” Amish Proverb

“Compassion for others is the keel that keeps our ship sailing, balanced and gentle against the angry winds of judgement and indifference.” David Scott

“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” Dalai Lama

“Compassion is a verb.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflower. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a butterfly. You could have denied yourself goodness, but instead you chose to show yourself some self-love. You could have defined yourself by the dark days, but instead through them you realized your light.” - S.C. Lourie

"I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things. — Mother Teresa