Friday, December 18, 2015

Strength: Lesson #1


In America and many other countries, strength is demonstrated through "superior" economic systems, "enlightened" educational reform, "advanced" military technology and the ability to injure/ kill with scientific this "warrior mentality" a sign of strength or ultimately a profound sign of weakness? 

For many Native Americans (there were over 500+ distinct/ diverse tribes), hair was seen as a symbol of spiritual health and strength. Many believed that the purity seen in babies/ young children could help preserve (symbolized through long hair) their spiritual strength and that this strength of spirit could be developed throughout their lifetime. Can you imagine what it must have felt like to have your hair cut against your will by the U.S. government "Department of Education"...aka Indian Boarding Schools?

As the New Year approaches, can we contemplate for just a moment...

How should we "show our strength" in 2016?

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