The Warm Winds:
May the warm winds of heaven blow gently on your house, and may the great spirit bless all who enter.
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows, and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.
Prayer for Healing:
Mother, sing me a song that will ease my pain,
Mend broken bones, bring wholeness again.
Catch my babies when they are born,
Sing my death song, teach me how to mourn.
Show me the Medicine of the healing herbs,
The value of spirit, the way I can serve.
Mother, heal my heart so that I can see
The gifts of yours that can live through me.
Six Directions Blessing:
Oh Great Spirit,
Bless us from the East with the winds that bring and renew life.
Bless us from the South with the warm wet winds that invite growth.
Bless us from the West with the winds that lead us through this life to the next.
Bless us from the North with the cool winds that calm our passions.
Fill the sky so that we might sense your presence.
And bless us from mother earth from which we have come and to whom we shall return.
Great Spirit Prayer:
Oh, Great Spirit, Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me! I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever hold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Help me remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
(Translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)