Building the sweat lodge continued…

Along with Ellen and Courtney’s posts I wanted to talk about my feeling on building the sweat lodge in silence.  I wanted to touch on the end result of the sweat lodge when we had to build it in silence. When people are able to talk and discuss when building, sometimes a group member tries to take control or have it be their way. In our case we would follow each other’s leads when we did something beneficial to building the structure. Our end result was a very natural looking and feeling sweat lodge. All three of us that built it were very proud even though the base was a little oval. I am sure with communication we could have made it more circular, but that is not what matters. What makes sweat lodges feel more sacred and be more sacred is building them right and following the tradition of how they are built. For us to mimic this in silence meant so much more to me then making it a perfect circle.

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