“The Indian believes profoundly in silence . . . the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his [“selfhood”] is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence . . . What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”

( ~ Ohiyesa [Charles Eastman], Santee Sioux, 1858-1939)

As taken from 365 Days of Walking the Red Road: The Native American Path to Leading a Spiritual Life Every Day, by Terri Jean


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