As I pluck the first of Lii Blooay from the bush, I am in awe of how they came to be.  When we as people discuss the gifts of lii mama la tayr, these little berries are exactly what we mean.  Under cover of the earth, one mighty little bush stretches its roots out gathering nutrients and absorbing water.  Above the crust of earth, each weather worn branch stretches tirelessly towards the sun, spreading leaves to catch and harvest as much energy as it possibly can.  Tentatively, the flowers come first, almost testing the space and energy with their fragility.  Petal by petal they dance into existence, bursting with fragrance and colour.  Then, some time later (it differs for each berry), the fruit begins to form.  Gathering all those nutrients, atoms of moisture and powerful bits of energy, they come together in these beautiful little blue berries filled with the promise of health and well being.

As people we are not entirely different from Lii Blooay.  Life in all of its complexity, mirrors other life.  Each of our families stretch down through our ancestral lines, grounding in the experiences and practices of those that came before.  We gather resilience and community around us like nutrients to feed our future.  Out in the world, we stretch towards other people, looking to gather together in community to build strength and resilience for those yet to come.  Every new fragile connection between humans fills the space with fragrance and colour.  Each family draws from the gathered energy to produce new life, filled with the best we have to offer, lifted up by the hope of an entire people.

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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.