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Good Mind

While we actively become aware of our thoughts, especially those that have a kind and loving intent; we naturally allow ourselves to become spiritually in tune with the Creators wishes. This allows us to use our talents to fulfill our purpose on Earth. 

-Freida J. Jacques, Onondaga

Haudenosaunee Tree of Peace- John Fadden. A white pine with an eagle on top, below the pine are 4 large white roots and under the roots is a buried war club

Haudenosaunee Tree of Peace

by John Kahionhes Fadden

The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) have been practicing the teachings of the Good Mind ever since the Peacemaker helped us bury our arrows under the Tree of Peace. The concept of the Good Mind teaches us to be aware of our thoughts and their intent, resulting in more kind and loving thoughts.

The Haudenosaunee believe peace is a state of mind obtained through a strong connection to spirit. Our Elders teach us that practicing the Good Mind will cause our spirit to grow, known as Orenda. Good Minds have strong Orenda which leads to Peace.

Creating a "Good Mind": The Power of Giving Thanks |  
Michael Martin at TEDxBuffalo

"We have a lot to be thankful for. And when we ground ourselves in that perspective, we can do amazing things."

Michael Martin (Onondaga, Beaver Clan),
Executive Director of Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS)
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