Flying Up Moon

The moon in August is known as “Flying Up Moon”.  This time when young birds are trying their wings and practicing flying is ripe with lessons for the thoughtful observer.  As I watch, I am reminded of how important it must be for birds to know that they are birds.  If you want your children to fly you must live your life in flight.  How else could our young people understand that a vast and beautiful world awaits their first flight.

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.

This week’s Photo by Rod Long and it along with thousands of others can be found on Unsplash

Reciprocity of Summer

Berry picking in the summer was about more than nutrition and medicines.  In fact, the old people tell me that the bonds forged between the young girls and the elders during this activity formed the backbone of the community.  The positive energy, laughter and deep gratitude were the gifts our people gave back to the land.  So much of this circle is still accessible to us today. What energies do you share with the land? 

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.

Summer is for Community

 The old people remind me that community isn’t something they were taught.  They were not told to gather wood or light a fire, but they gathered wood and lit fires to help each other feel warmth.  Summer is a time of abundance and work, but our love and respect for one another welcomes an opportunity to contribute.  Community isn’t a lesson to be learned, and it is only achieved when our gratitude for the sacrifices of the other is steeped in the understanding of both the necessity and the enormity of them.

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.

Take what you need

The work on this page is my passion, and where I borrow, I give thanks.  Borrow what you need, share as often as you can, but let my name travel with my words so that the voice remains authentic.

This season, we have seen our world, our mother, take a long awaited and much needed deep breath of her own.  The birds sing louder, the four leggeds roam more freely and the scent of warming cedar has the space to reach our noses.

I am filled with gratitude for all that each of you has sacrificed to bring in this spring and cannot wait to learn a new way to be together that allows the world its continued breath.

Tracy

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