Medicine Wheel Prayer (#754)

Well, this day is a bust!  My first thought when I opened my door, saw the gloomy skies, heard the rain.

My last day here on the shores of Lake Ashtabula and I was thinking, Meh ~ I am not going to get to do what I wanted to do most.

Ah, so…..there are plenty of things to do indoors.  I set about completing some Italian language lessons, packing away things in preparation for tomorrow’s journey. Wondering whether I would pass this way again.

After a couple of hours I decided nope, I am not cooking today.  Let’s find a Chinese buffet.  Now there is something I have not done in a couple of years.  Half an hour and 20 miles to the south, I parked my car, walked in the door of the Kirin House, was about to be seated when Mary, a complete stranger said, You can join me at my table if you would like.  

I did; enjoying lots of wonderful veggies, fried rice and chicken while learning that my new acquaintance was a farmer in town for the day.  She talked about raising sheep and growing small grains, the changes in weather (quite a rainy season this year, she said).

We had a very pleasant time.  When I was leaving I thanked her for inviting me to join her.  She replied, You looked so surprised.  Yes, Mary, I was. No one has ever asked me to join them for a meal until today.

She then said recently she dined alone at an Indian restaurant.  A woman asked her to join her and they had a wonderful time.  She wanted to pay it forward.

Later, skies clearing,  (what a magical day has evolved), I made my way to Medicine Wheel park. I was going to get to do the thing I most wanted to do!

Standing in wonder, I was realizing a long-held dream.

I walked to the very center of the medicine wheel, stood there, on hallowed ground, turned to greet the sky, the earth; turning to face the different directions as I recited the Native American prayer I have carried with me ever since I started my road trip in 2007.

O our Father, the Sky, hear us and make us strong.

O our Mother, the Earth, hear us and give us support.

O Spirit of the East, send us your Wisdom.

O Spirit of the South, may we tread your Path of Life.

O Spirit of the West, may we always be ready for the Long Journey.

O Spirit of the North, purify us with your cleansing Winds.

Medicine Wheel, Valley City, North Dakota

On this autumnal equinox, it is……a very good day ~


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Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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8 Responses to Medicine Wheel Prayer (#754)

  1. Sandy Pickard says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Safe travels tomorrow!!

  2. Sherrill Parry says:

    OMG, so magical. And to be invited to dine with a stranger. You do have the most wonderful adventures. Love your stories. Safe travels tomorrow. I am always with you.

  3. Tammee says:

    Pure magic! Sounds as if the goodness and favor you bestow upon others is returned to you by our great universe. Continued blessings and safe travels dear friend.

    • The vortex of pure positive energy while standing in the middle of a Medicine Wheel is astounding! I carry it with me along with the joy of your friendship. Hope you are enjoying your new adventures.

  4. Amy Smith says:

    I realize this is an old post, but I typed in Valley City in the WP search bar and this popped up! I love the Medicine Wheel Prayer – One of my goals is to learn something new every day. I believe I just did. 🙂 Thank you! I wish you all of the best in your travels.

    • Amy ~ Thank you so much for your comment. The prayer is from the Sioux tribes who lived in North Dakota (among other states). I have been in a quandary of late, not sure where to go or what to do. You reminded me of this sacred prayer. It brings me peace and direction; knowing that my dream is still alive. I appreciate so much your kindness in writing to me.

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