Lakota CircleWhere does strength and healing come from?

Everyone at some time or another struggles with anger, depression or hopelessness.  The difference between someone who overcomes and someone who gets lost in it are a few learned skills.  It doesn’t come natural to “be happy”.  Sure, some people are born with more easy going personalities and others are born with more melancholy personalities, but the truth is that everyone struggles and must learn better ways to live with life’s ups and downs.

The Medicine wheel, even though it is considered strictly a Native American culture symbol, it has a great many life lessons that everyone can use.  The Medicine Wheel is many things on many various levels and has many different meanings and uses.

It is a circle which represents natural and personal powers in complete balance and which shows that everything is interconnected and part of one whole.  We can apply this philosophy to our own lives.


Check for wellness and balance in these 4 areas of your life:

  • Spiritual Health – our values influence our mental health
  • Mental Health – decisions and thoughts, lead to actions
  • Physical Health – actions influence our emotions
  • Emotional Health – influence our thoughts and values

As you can see above, it is a circle.  If all areas are balanced there is flow in life, contentment and caring relationships.  Too much eight placed in only one area and life starts feeling out of control…wobbling into disaster.

Steps to take…


  1. Find a reliable, (one you admire and lives the way your hope to live like), mentor who has the ability to be there for you and help you organize your thoughts into goals.
  2. Make a list of your issues, using the 4 areas of the Medicine Wheel as a example.

Circle of Strength

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3.  Go over your paper with the mentor you chose.  If you’ve chosen someone who has a job, it might be best to schedule a time when you both won’t feel rushed.

Your mentor will be able to help you organize solutions and prioritize which ones need to be worked on first.  Remember, you will be working on several areas all at once.  You’re well-being is part of a circle, one thing influences another.

Healing worksheet 2

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You may find that talking to RCHS’s Homeless Coordinator and getting help with finding a place to live, extra food and a way to get to school regularly using a free bus pass may actually help with your headaches, sleeping, sadness, school work and stress.  Talk to your school counselor to get connected with them.