• "Native people are encouraged to inhale the sweet smells of the earth, see things in perspective, listen to both sides of every story, and to speak only half as much as they listen, a Wabanaki formula for success and happiness in daily life."
    — Evan T. Pritchard in No Word for Time
  • "Keep your passion alive —
    it will warm you when the
    world around you grows cold."
    — Shamaan Ochaum Climbing Eagle in Life Prayers by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, editors
  • "Decisions are made in a person's life by small moments of knowing, each moment opening until, like pieces of a quilt, one day everything comes together in a precise, clear knowing. It enters the present, as if it had come all of a piece. It was in this way that I began to understand who I was. Every piece of myself was together anew, a shifted pattern."
    — Linda Hogan in Solar Storms
  • "The secret of life is in the shadows and not in the open sun; to see anything at all, you must look deeply into the shadow of a living thing."
    — Ute Saying in No Enemies Within by Dawna Markova
  • "What I recommend for people who truly seek insights is to take a walk. Just walk with strong intent for twenty miles, and go home. Then watch. The great insights will start coming; it has to do with walking."
    — Joseph Rael in House of Shattering Light
  • "Spiritual practice among Lakota peoples is grounded in the expression, 'All my relations,' which proclaims that spiritual activity is not only for those immediately participating in it but for all beings everywhere."
    — Joan Halifax in The Fruitful Darkness
  • "My mother taught me to pray in a playful way. As a result I love to play with God, as if I were a child playing with my parents. I like going to a playground, getting in a swing and swinging high, because I believe God lives in us through the joy and power we sense when we swing high."
    — Jose Hobday in Stories of Awe and Abundance
  • "Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. Those who can preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence — not a leaf, as it were, a stir on the tree; not a ripple upon the shining pool — those, in the mind of the person of nature, possess the ideal attitude and conduct of life."
    — Ohiyesa in The Soul of An Indian by Kent Nerburn, editor

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