The last of our winged relatives are taking bold steps from the nest at the same time that we once again wrap our own little hearts in orange shirts and backpacks to take on the world.  The old people remind me that while it has not always been done this way, we must look forward and trust that the teachings will support them.

In the time before our lives were made up of cell phones and schedules, our people learned to measure and adapt to two very different worlds.  Our children were gifted the skills and abilities of our mother’s peoples in the traditional ways of watching and listening, practicing and doing.  In the same manner, we were also given the knowledge of our fathers, often in schools or churches, often in difficult and unfamiliar ways.  Through the combination of these teachings we built a new world with room for both ways of knowing.

Flying up moon is a time of great fear and great celebration.  Above all, it is the shift from one way of knowing the world to an entirely different one.  Our little ones watch us move in and out of the world, assessing and absorbing every shift in energy, building their understandings. They have come to know their place in the world through our eyes and our stories, our communities and relationships   The lesson that resonates with me today is that, like every generation before them, our children must craft a new world that can honour the teachings of the nest while adapting to the changing winds of the world we have left behind with only those communities and relationships to guide them.

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This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post has an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen serves to keep it in the front of your mind while the week allows you enough time to lean into the learning.