Gitchi-Manidoo

Over the past two days, I’ve posted songs about two different responses to being down on one’s luck.

Today, I randomly landed on the piece “Gitchi-Manidoo (Advice for the Young).” The track comes from the album Chants and Dances of the Native Americans, by the Sacred Spirit project, which I explained in my post on “Yeha Noha (Wishes of Happiness and Prosperity)” — well worth a listen if you’ve never heard it.

I felt a touch of serendipity at work in helping me find today’s selection. I believe we can find wisdom, comfort and support from our elders and ancestors if we are open to receiving those things from them. Sometimes, though, we don’t recognize that help is there, or perhaps we doubt it, or maybe just aren’t ready to receive it. We can become convinced our way is correct, even though we know we are running into misfortune and unhappiness.

True eldership can provide advice and guidance to the young (or people at any age), even if they aren’t yet aware they need it. I am still learning from the lessons taught to me years ago when I was young and often not ready to receive them.

At the same time, one of modern society’s problems is that some cannot connect with elders or may reject their teachings under the belief, “What can I learn from them? Just look at the mess they’ve made of this world I am inheriting!” It’s a legitimate concern and a problem. Without elders, it isn’t easy to find one’s way in through the complexity of life. But we need to feel we can respect them and honour their gifts and legacies.

Those of us who may be in the position to provide eldership or mentorship have an obligation to always seek the wisdom and enlightenment of our ancestors. We must use these things when offering kindness and encouragement to help even out the rough and challenging paths of the young, who may need guidance along their way to happiness and prosperity.

Today, I’m thankful for the wisdom and guidance I encountered and continue to receive from my late mum and dad and all my ancestors, when I was young and now that I’m older.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Sacred Spirit YouTube topic channel:

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