Meditations with the Cherokee: Prayers, Songs, and Stories of Healing and Harmony

Meditations with the Cherokee: Prayers, Songs, and Stories of Healing and Harmony

by J. T. Garrett


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• A collection of earth-centered meditations to enhance our connection to the natural world.

• Reveals the Old Wisdom of the Cherokee elders for living in harmony with all beings.

• Written by J. T. Garrett, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, who was taught the ancient ways by his grandfather and other medicine men of his tribe.

In a time before ours, humans could talk with animals, hear whisperings from plant life, and understand the origin stories written in the stars. Survival depended on active kinship with family and tribe, with four-leggeds and plant people, with sun and moon and fire. The Cherokee, known widely as the Principal People or the First People, hold a deeply tapestried collection of stories about human interrelatedness with nature. Those stories, passed down through countless generations of Cherokee, are especially significant at this time in human history, when Mother Earth suffers under the weight of unchecked "progress."

As a boy, J. T. Garrett sat beside his grandfather and the other medicine men of his tribe as they chanted and drummed the stories of his ancestry. From those stories of Nu-Dah (the Sun), Grandmother Moon, Spring Rain, and Little Eagle comes this collection of active meditations for reconnecting with the natural intelligence that is our birthright. Recognizing that we are all kin in the Universal Circle of life opens us to communication with all beings, bringing us back to our natural spirit selves. If we listen carefully to the Cherokee stories of the Old Ways we can gain understanding of lost social and spiritual traditions that can help ensure a thriving future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781879181595
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Edition description: Original
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,183,325
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

J. T. Garrett, Ed.D., M.P.H., of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, is a public health director in North Carolina and is retired from the U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service. Trained in Native American Medicine and coauthor of Medicine of the Cherokee, Dr. Garrett is devoted to presenting the old teachings of his ancestry to guide people in living the Medicine Way.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction to Cherokee Wisdom Teachings

1. In the Beginning

2. Ceremony of Life

3. Green Corn

4. Sun and Moon

5. Friends-Making

6. Giving Thanks

7. The Seventh-Year Ceremony

Afterword: Turtle Medicine and Beginning-Again

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"If you take the time to do the meditations Mr. Garrett presents, with an open mind, you will find yourself being drawn into a much more intimate relationship with the world around you. You will find that it is easier to bring yourself into balance with life."

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Meditations with the Cherokee: Prayers, Songs and Stories of Healing and Harmony 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book provides great insight into the Cherokee way of thinking. I recommend it to all of Native American background, most particularly to those with the Cherokee Nation in their family history.
BookLover1308 More than 1 year ago
Meditations with the Cherokee: Prayers, Songs, and Stories of Healing and Harmony by J.T. Garrett is a wonderful look at the "Old Ways" of the Cherokee. Many people who read this book might consider some of the concepts 'new age' but as the author states, " teachers called it Old Wisdom." This book has some traditional stories and a few meditations to help us reconnect with Mother Earth. We are also taught about some of the Cherokee ceremonies and the seven directions. We are shown the sacredness of the number seven. I really enjoyed how the author showed us the sacredness of tobacco as it is in line with what I have been taught. I could feel the wisdom of the ancestors in the beautiful writing. I would defiantly recommend this book to those interested in reconnecting with nature and learning the old ways. Overall, this book was wonderful. I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Bear & Company publishing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Garrett's work provided my initial exposure to Cherokee mysticism. Each subject built upon the one before, and each was illustrated with personal life experiences. I finished anxious for another read. Well done!