I have long-been fascinated with Native American culture and so our trip to Nemacolin holds extra meaning for me. The resort reveres and honors the tribes, which settled the land where it now stands, with Millioke Meadows. The picture above is of the two sacred buffalo, Thunder and Lightning, who reside on Millioke Meadows. The male white buffalo represents lightning. The female black buffalo represents thunder and are seen as messengers from the Creator. This is sacred land and has been blessed by many visiting Native American tribes who have left their banners behind showing reverence for the site and the buffalo who live there. Tribes make pilgrimages here and leave gifts for Thunder and Lighning. Now, you may already know that white buffalo are rare with approximately only seven living in the United States. Being so close, I just had to visit and so, I decided to go on my personal pilgrimage.
When I first walked on the land I was struck by the silence, with the exception of beautiful birds that were flying in circular motions hovering above the meadow, singing a beautiful song. I was sort of overwhelmed with emotion and at first began to cry feeling and thinking about the many trials that Native Americans have had to bear throughout our history. As I walked around, I read the signposts which explained the history that had taken place there. There were designated places in the meadow that honored the medicine wheel, teepee, totem pole and sweat lodge. The signposts described the traditions and rituals that were performed and the longer I lingered, the more peaceful I became. I sat there for a while to reflect. As I walked away, I felt so grateful for having shared time there and I couldn’t get the idea of rituals out of my head.
What rituals do you have? And what is the purpose of your rituals?
Rituals are a way to honor that which is greater than we are and ourselves. Prayers are rituals, singing is a ritual, meditating is a ritual. I decided to add more rituals in my life because I loved the sacredness and peacefulness I felt. I decided that they don’t have to take too much time, but that I needed a special place; perhaps a chair, a gathering of things that I hold sacred and I wanted it to be ceremonial.
So what about you? How would your life benefit by creating your own personal rituals?
Here are a couple of ideas:
- Create a space with ambient lighting
- Light a scented candle
- Drape a beautiful throw on a comfy chair
- Gather things you love; pictures, flowers, sea shells
- Add nature sounds or music to your liking
- Bless it with thoughts of gratitude and grace
- Bring in a foot stool or oversized pillow
- Be mindful and deliberate about starting and ending your own ceremony
- Just add time………
I’d love to hear about your rituals or see pictures of the space you’ve created for yourself. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them on Facebook and Twitter!
Paula G. Rosario
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