South – The Place of Trust & Innocence

SOUTH – The Place of Trust, Innocence & Close-up Vision

feetinwaterWater
Moon
Plant Kingdom
Emerald & Catlinite*
Summer / Midday
Green & Red
Children’s Lodge
Emotions
Mouse, Coyote, Dolphin & Otter
Music, Song & Dance
Last quarter of the moon — waning moon—is a time of youthful energy, sensitivity to the feelings of others and for an appreciation of the arts. An idealistic time, it is a perfect moment for renewal and regeneration through letting go of situations, attitudes and emotions that no longer serve you. Sitting in the South brings the power of blossoming and unfolding when you desire to learn the lessons needed to make changes.

Since the South is the direction of water and of the plant kingdom that provides us with beauty, food and materials that enhance our lives, spend time this week tending plants. Water them, prune them, talk to them and listen to them. Bring flowers into your home or workplace and bring flowers to others to brighten their day.

Celebrate water by taking lots of showers or baths this week. Experiment with essential oils and bath salts. Play in the water and take time to smell the flowers. These are the lessons that the South provides.

* Catlinite or Pipestone is used to make the bowls of Sacred Medicine Pipes.

Invocation & Songs for the South


— Playing Meditation —

Go to the ocean or visit a lake, river or pond (at mid-day if you can) at least once this week. Remember what it was like when you were a child playing in the sunshine and the water. Recapture those moments by inviting your inner child to play with you. Sing or hum the chants or songs from your childhood and move to the rhythm of the water.


— Cleansing Meditation —

Identify your childhood wounds; the stories you often share about yourself that express your childhood pain and keep you “stuck”. Offer these wounds to the waters and allow them to be washed away by bathing or washing your hands in the water. Acknowledge yourself for your inner strength and for the contributions that you have made to your own healing.


— Sitting Meditation —

Pay a visit to a special tree at midday. Choose a good solid tree and sit on the ground with your back against its trunk facing the South. Imagine that this is the Tree of Life, the channel that connect Heaven and Earth. Imagine what the roots are like as they grow deeply into the ground creating stability and foundation. Look up at the branches and experience how they grow upward and sway in the breeze. Trees teach us about the ability to be flexible; to bend in the wind and return to center. Remember to leave a gift for the tree before you part company.


Joyful Cookie Meditation

Preheat over to 325°. Pulverize raw oats in blender or food processor. Soak cranberries in warm water. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine wet ingredients. Fold the wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed. Drain and add cranberries.Add pecans and chocolate chips. Spoon onto an oiled cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

1 1/2 c. raw oats
2 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. canola oil
1 c. maple syrup
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3 t. rice vinegar
3/4 c. pecans
3/4 c. dried cranberries
3/4 c. chocolate chips

Substitute your favorites: walnuts, pine nuts,
raisins, carob, etc.

Serve with laughter and child-like mirth.

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