peace be upon you
brothers and sisters unite
leave your hatred and prejudices behind
no race or species better than another
may we remember our true nature
we’re one family united in time
walking gently upon Turtle Island
I’ve been having turtles visit my back yard almost daily. I’d like to believe they are bringing me reminders to walk the good red road. In the Lakota tradition, “walking the red road” means to live purposely with virtue and awareness of the interconnected nature of the world. Wise Native elders lead according to the idea of protecting the earth for future children (or seven generations) in their decision making. According to Native American teachings, turtles are a symbol of fertility, healing, spirituality, and wisdom. Others consider them a sign for good health, longevity, perseverance, and protection. Many Native American tribes consider them the bringers of life itself and called the earth Turtle Island. They remind us to walk our path in peace, respecting and honoring all life.