Nourish Your Spirit with These Native American Proverbs

The Native Americans have a deep connection with Mother Nature and a profound understanding of life unlike any other culture. Long before “going green” became popular or the Dali Lama published books, these beautiful, wise beings lived in peace and harmony with the earth, with the enlightened understanding that life is short and precious, and all that exists is one consciousness, in essence.

Despite the cruel injustice that they endured at the hands of ignorant, unconscious fools, their ancient wisdom lives on. Enjoy these Native American proverbs.

“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”  –Hopi

“When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.” –Arapaho

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” –Blackfoot

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.” –Apache

“looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. looking within i discover peace.”  –Q’ERO

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” –Tribe Unknown

“All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.” –Arapaho

“Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.” –Blackfoot 

“certain things Capture the eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” –Tribe unknown

Do you have any favorite Native American quotes you’d like to share? Please let us know in the comments section.

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