Relating effectively in our marriages, as parents and with ourselves requires the greatest discipline and mental and emotional mindsets. How do we develop these? Like any skill or ability, we study the masters. Here are a few examples from the rich Native American traditions. Consider how you might apply these ancient examples in your real-life today relationships.

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Black Elk
Black Elk

"Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere . . . it is within each one of us."
—Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking."
—Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

"There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men."
—Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

"Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss."
—Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

Geronimo
Geronimo

"I cannot think that we are useless 
or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God."—Geronimo

“While living I want to live well.”
—Geronimo

Chief Tecumseh
Chief Tecumseh

"Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long, and its purpose in the service of your people."
—Chief Tecumseh

"A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."
—Chief Tecumseh

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart."
—Chief Tecumseh

"Show respect to all people, but grovel to none."
—Chief Tecumseh

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."
—Chief Tecumseh

"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."
—Chief Tecumseh

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Dan George
Dan George

"O Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, I come to you as one of your many children. I need your strength and your wisdom. Make me strong not to be superior to my brother, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: Myself"
—Chief Dan George

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys."
—Chief Dan George

Sitting Bull
Sitting Bull

"The Great Spirit ... put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires.... Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit."

—Chief Sitting Bull

"What law have I broken? Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am a Sioux; because I was born where my father lived; because I would die for my people and my country?"
—Chief Sitting Bull, 1877

"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!"
—Chief Sitting Bull

"It is not necessary for eagles to be crows."
—Chief Sitting Bull

"It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land."
—Chief Sitting Bull

Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse

"A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it . . . as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky."
—Chief Crazy Horse

"Upon suffering beyond suffering the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."
—Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux Chief, as he sat smoking the Sacred Pipe with Sitting Bull for the last time four days before he was assassinated