Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address (Prayer)
It is said as a daily sunrise prayer, and is an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and her inhabitants. The children learn that, according to Native American tradition, people everywhere are embraced as family. Our diversity, like all wonders of Nature, is truly a gift for which we are thankful.
When one recites the Thanksgiving Address the Natural World is thanked, and in thanking each life-sustaining force, one becomes spiritually tied to each of the forces of the Natural and Spiritual World. The Thanksgiving Address teaches mutual respect, conservation, love, generosity, and the responsibility to understand that what is done to one part of the Web of Life, we do to ourselves.
To read the entire Thanksgiving Address (Prayer) go to http://danceforallpeople.com/haudenosaunee-thanksgiving-address
With thanks to Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico. Art: The Three Sisters, artist unknown.
According to Haudenosaunee legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together, http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/3sisters.htm
*Thanks to All Paths Divinity School (my seminary) http://www.allpathsdivinityschool.org for sharing this post on Facebook.