11 Timeless Native American Proverbs That You Can Relate To Today

Profound and timeless wisdom can come from many amazing and inspirational sources.  In ancient times the people of our planet lived meaningful lives connected with nature, the universe, themselves, and the people around them.  There is truly so much that we can learn from these incredible people.

Check out these insights into a better life and feel the loving wisdom behind each message.

1. “Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace.” -Q-ero Indians.

How often do we get stressed thinking about the future, depressed thinking about the past, and confused when we look inward or upward.  Perhaps, in our busy worlds today, we over complicate the beautiful perceptions we can have about our lives and experience.

Imagine the peace we will feel if we woke up each morning and remembered to view our lives in this simple, yet profound way.


2. “Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”Hopi  

Expressing how you feel in the form of tears can be therapeutic and healing for the body, mind, and soul.  Even in the tough lives of the Hopi tribes it must have been considered a strength to express how yourself in this way.

3. “Regard Heaven as your Father, Earth as your Mother and all that lives as your Brother and Sister.”

Forming relationships with divinity, earth, and all living things in a way that is as close as family would drastically change our experience here on earth.  All living things include our fellow men, animal friends and the sacred plants and trees all around us.  There is truly so much love and wisdom here.


4. “All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.” – Arapaho

Shamans aren’t the only people who can learn from the vast wisdom of the spirit of plants.  If we learn to quiet our minds we too can listen to the trees, plants, and even foods that we consume.  The ancient spirits in these plants can teach, connect, and inspire us with much more than we could possibly learn otherwise.

Next time you drink some tea, or eat a salad, express your gratitude to that plant for allowing you to honor them.  Then listen to your heart and see if any inspiration or feelings come into your mind and heart.

5. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” – Cree Proverb

This timeless quote shows us the unquenchable thirst of mankind.  Perhaps through balance and self awareness we can temper our endless cravings for more and learn to move harmoniously with nature like these people did.


6. What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Blackfoot

The most significant parts of life are found in the simplest moments.  What truly makes life valuable?  What makes it seem timeless?  What makes it beautiful?

How perfect are those moments where you feel the divine flow in everything and everyone you meet.  These moments carry us from one breath to another.  This is where meaning lies.

7. “The tragedy of life is no death but what we let die inside of us while we live.”

What is holding you back from truly living?  What lights your inner fire and pushes you to do better each day?  Following our passions and living life to the fullest is the best way to make sure that we actually live before we die.


8. “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Cherokee

Fill your life full of love and meaning.  Touch the hearts and the minds of everyone you encounter.  Leave the world a better place and be part of the movements of change and growth that bless all life.

9. “Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell.  Spirituality is for those who have already been there.” -Vine Deloria, Sioux

When you have experienced the deep, dark, night of the soul there is a wisdom that guides your endlessly towards the light.  There is no need for external guidance.  We are the warriors that have trusted our intuition, not as part of a fad, but as a means of survival.  Our internal compasses have guided us through endless storms and we trust it to guide us through anything new that comes our way.


10. “Our first teacher is our own heart.” – Cheyenne

The mind is a powerful tool of reason, logic, and justice.  But our hearts are connected to our divine soul.  This is where we find our compassion, love, and intuition.  Trust your soul to guide you.

11. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart…”

Follow your greatest passions.  Many things may look appealing to your eyes or wallet but the thing that will fulfill your soul and bring you joy are those things that your heart seeks.  Trust your heart and intuition when choosing your path in life.

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What native quotes resonate with your soul?  Let us know your feelings and thoughts in the comments below and thank you for reading.

Source- Native American Proverbs

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