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.
Early 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.