La Leun Calendar

Welcome to a new (old) perspective.  This calendar prioritizes the lunar phases over our more common calendar, while keeping enough of the common understandings to keep you grounded.  The Moons are from a prairie Cree understanding and the teachings from my Métis/Michif teachers.  The calendar begins with the new Spring Moon, which is where it feels natural for some of the first peoples of Turtle Island (North America).

A New Hunter’s Moon

In the time when our cycles more closely related to those of the land, we would take this time to prepare for the coming winter.  Living within the rhythms of our relatives helped us to understand what was coming and how to be ready.  Community allowed us to share observations and ideas to build a full picture of where we were headed and the tools we would need to survive.

Today Hunter’s moon is still about knowledge and preparation, seeking and capturing what you need in your life, but the beast that we hunt is a tricky one.  In today’s world, the most important commodity is our own health and wellness. 

Self care and community care are skills that we mastered over generations.  Families looked out for each other, men and women worked together and children learned in the safety of relationship. 

If you do not have a Métis community to work with, look around for the people who share your path and reach out.  If you do have a Métis community, take a deep breath, lean in and share your energy, together we are strong.

This week’s Photo by Sander Mathlener and it along with thousands of others can be foundon Unsplash

Flying Up Moon

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.

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

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.

Lii Blooay

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.

Photo by Joshua Michaels on Unsplash 

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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