In traditional Métis communities, Kiyam (let it go) was an expression of non-judgement that is extremely important to our ability to maintain peace. However, this word could use a bit of unpacking for clarity. When Cree or Métis people use the word Kiyam what they mean is essentially – let it go, but not in the same sense that you would mean it in English. In the Cree/Métis version of this word is a deep and abiding sense of quiet. Let go of the anger, let go of the judgement, let go of the need for more – or less, let go of your need to win and within all of this, embrace the freedom of knowing that it isn’t yours to manage.
This way of living was highly valued by the Métis community. Learning how to share thoughts and ideas with others in a good way was paramount to the health of our communities. Children were encouraged to be critical thinkers and to seek understanding of the world around them in a way that prioritized listening and learning over asserting and expressing.
So even as we come together to seek wisdom and clarity, know that neither really exist and within all of that, Kiyam.
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.