Our Interconnectedness with All that Is
“Mitakuye Oyasin refers not just to the interconnectedness of all that exists – plant, animal, mineral – but also includes the elements such as rain, wind, and lightening. Honoring all phenomena in this way allows us to appreciate not just the sky, nature, and living beings, but the rhythms and cycles of the natural world. We can tap into the Lakota Sioux concept of “Mitakuye Oyasin,” or “all my relations,” and appreciate the fact that everything is connected to everything else, making all that is truly one family.
From the origins of the universe, to the evolution of life on earth, we can celebrate our shared origins.”
“Whether life’s interconnectivity moves you in a spiritual or emotional way, or whether you find it easier to tap into the wonder of scientific research that tells us we literally share large percentages of our DNA with things many of us would never have imagined (did you know, for example, that we share a quarter of our genes with rice, 47% with fruit flies, 54% with sea anemones, and 84% with horses?), take time this month to appreciate our shared relationship with everything that is.”
“The Lakota prayer, honoring Mitakuye Oyasin goes like this:
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin….All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.”