Sacrifice and Gratitude

Summer was a time when traditionally, families work together to harvest fish in nets and then spend hours processing and smoking them.  The fish would be used for long paddles, winter stores or income and the time spent working together served to build and strengthen family bonds. The old people remind me that being a provider requires humility and gratitude, for how do you thank a fish who has sacrificed his whole life? 

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.

To Hear the World Grow

A Summer full of growth and connections can fly by in a blur.  I am told that if we learn to sit with the world in such a way that we can come to hear the creaking of the raspberry branches as they bend under the weight of the developing fruit, then we will have access to so much more of the world we inhabit.  How can you take time to check in? Where can you imagine hearing growth? What new things await your silence?

This is part of a new series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post will be 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 will hopefully keep it in the front of your mind and allow you enough time to lean into the learning.

Patience and Trust

The old people remind me that while summer is a time of explosive energy and intensive work, it is also a time that requires great patience and trust.  Like our winged relatives we must wait for our eggs to hatch in their own time, trusting that we have done all that we can to ensure their health and vitality.

Where are the places in your life that require your trust and patience? 

How will you know when to step back and let them grow?

This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings as I know them. They do not represent every teaching, only my interpretation of the teachings I have been gifted.  Each weekly post will be 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 will hopefully keep it in the front of your mind and allow 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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