20 Native American Codes Of Ethics…

1. Pray every day.

You can pray alone, in a group, and whenever you want. The great spirit only hears you if you speak.

2. Don’t judge those who’ve lost their way.

You’ll encounter people who have fallen off the path. Pray that they will find guidance back to a good life.

3. Find yourself.

No one else can make your path for you, though some may try. And remember, no one can walk your path for you.

4. Treat your guests with utmost respect.

Serve your guests the best and treat them with respect.

5. Do not take what is not yours.

It is not yours. It was not earned nor was it given.

6. Respect all things.

Be it animal, plant, fungus, person, or place; treat everything with respect.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.

Don’t mock or interrupt. Respect the expressions and experiences of others.

8. Don’t speak poorly of others.

This puts negative energy into the universe. Eventually it returns to you.

9. Everyone makes mistakes.

All mistakes may be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness.

So practice positive thoughts and mindfulness.

11. Nature isn’t here for us exclusively.

We are a part of the web of life. Not in control of it.

12. Children are the future.

Treat them with respect. Raise them to be good humans. Give them space to grow.

13. Don’t try to break hearts.

All pain intentionally delivered will be delivered back to you.

14. Tell the truth.

The truth sets us free.

15. Be balanced.

Ensure your mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional self are all cared for and balanced.

16. Make conscious decisions about your life.

You’re responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the personal space of others.

Remember, you’re a guest in the personal space of others. Don’t mess with their things.

18. Be true to yourself.

You can’t nurture and help others if you aren’t being true to yourself first.

19. Respect the beliefs of others.

Don’t force your beliefs down the throats of others.

20. Share with others.

It feels good to be charitable.

Giving up indifference for Lent…

The wind lifts Pope Francis' mantle as he delivers his speech in front of Independence Hall, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

The wind lifts Pope Francis’ mantle as he delivers his speech in front of Independence Hall, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

“Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”

Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference, Francis writes that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.” He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”