Mitakuye Oyasin

Those of you who regularly follow this website know that one of my favorite expressions is “Mitakuye Oyasin.”  I learned it many years ago.  As a Buddhist or Hindu might greet you with “Namaste,” “I salute the God within you,” the Sioux Indian would say, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which means “We are all family.”

As I walk through the desert or ride my bicycle, every time I cross paths with another creature, I say, “Mitakuye Oyasin.”  I found the phrase frequently crossing my mind during my eight days with the Haitian Initiative in Citè Soleil.

quailEarly this afternoon, Mrs. tVM called from the kitchen, “There is a bird in the house.”  This time of year, we leave our doors open so the dogs can roam freely in and out.  By the way, it is 95-degrees in Tucson today.  Sure enough, a quail had found its way into the house.  It was frightened.  As I approached it, I softly and calmly repeated, “Mitakuye Oyasin, Mitakuye Oyasin.”  The quail waited for me to pick him up.  I escorted him outside and released him into the blue sky.  He was grateful.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Join the Conversation


Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Mitakuye Oyasin, Gene! Thanks for sharing this precious moment of “family/bird/man. 🙂 Oh yes, we are all sharing the same star dust which we claim as basic beginnings…. OOOOOOOMMMMMM Michelle